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Reverse Parking
(without the camera)

1. Signal left & stop approx. one metre from the selected parked car.

2. Reverse until the rear of the parked car is clearly visible through the front passenger window and then turn the steering wheel to full left lock.

3. Reverse slowly until the rear kerb visable using the inside rear mirror is out of view.

4. Continue to reverse slowly whilst turning the steering wheel to full right lock.

5. Stop close and parallel to the kerb (be ready to fix if necessary).

6. Move forward a little, straighten the wheels and put the selector in park.

7. Reverse back a little and then select drive position.

8. Signal right for a minimum of five seconds, look over your right shoulder and go.


Reverse Parking
(using the camera)

1. As above.

2. As above.

3. Continue reversing until the blue line point reaches the kerb.

4. Straighten the wheels and continue reversing until the red line point reaches the kerb.

5. Turn the wheel to full right lock and continue reversing until you are close and parallel to the kerb.

6. As above.

7. As above.

8. As above.

9. Try not to overlook at the reverse camera 

Note - the above tips on reverse parking are based on the reversing camera used on a late model Toyota Corolla. You may need to adjust your Reverse Parking if using the Reverse camera of other makes of car.

Steering Tips
for Novice Learner Drivers 

1. Try & drive with your thumbs up -  Driving with your thumbs up is a great tip to minimize that wandering on the road by the novice learner driver.

2. Try not to cross your hands - In my experience there is a small percentage of novice drivers who cross their hands when turning corners & do it very well. But for the vast majority for the first two to three hours of the learing experience the so called pull/push form of steering is, in my opinion, definitely preferable. It's basically a case of your crawl before you walk. 

3. Let the wheel return freely When you have finished turning a corner try to allow the steering wheel to return freely to the centre position. There is an assuption among novice drivers that the Driver Examiners don't allow the above procedure but this is incorrect.

4. Purchase an inside (stick on) rear view mirror - It's use is to monitor the novice driver when they are changing lanes. It's definitely preferable to using the sun visor.

5. Drive on a multi lane highway as soon as possible Once you are ready & you feel confident & safe to do so start driving on multi lane highways. From my experience it is the fasted way to prevent the inevitable wandering on the roadway. It will also greatly aid your steering skills on quite back streets.

6. Stretch the left leg out onto the foot pad provided - It will allow you to balance the body better and greatly enhance your turns.

Great Tips for the day
of your Driving Test

1. Have plenty of sleep the night before - Common sense.

2. Most of us are either larks or night owls - For example if you are a night owl and like to sleep in, then go for the Driving Test in the afternoo. Conversly if you are the early in bed, early to raise type, then go for the Driving Test in the morning.

3. On the day of the Driving Test increase your practice time - From my experience the longer you practice on the day of the test the greater your chance of a successful outcome.

4. Get all the paper work done the night before - Whilst waiting at a Service NSW branch I've witnessed on many occasions a learner driver's frantically trying to complete their paperwork. This just adds to what is already a stressful situation.

5. Don't tell your friends when you are going for the Driving Test - On many occasions I've countlesshours of Driving Test preparations destroyed because a client has informed all their school friends when they will be going for the Driving Test. Like the above it just adds to the stress on the day.

6. When you have finished practicing on the day of the Driving Test reverse into your selected starting bay - It is a lot less stressful if you positioned to drive out forwards rather than reverse out, especially if you are driving a normal small hatchback & you have a large S.U.V. on both sides of the car.

7. Wear your school uniform - If you are a school student do wear your school uniform. You will look very presentable without being too over the top.

Great Tips to help
pass the Driving Test first go 

1. After stopping at a red light, before proceeding through traffic you must turn your head to the left and right to ensure it is safe if you are either at the front of the queue or the second car to proceed.

2. You must do a head check to the left side as you exit all roundabouts.

3. It is a fail item if you tailgate the car ahead or exceed the speed limit.

4. On multi-lane roads only drive in the right lane when overtaking or planning to turn right on the directive of the Driver Examiner.

5. When waiting to turn right at an intersaction you must keep your wheels straight.

6. You must signal for a minimum of 5 seconds before leaving the kerb.

7. After you stopped at the correct position at a stop sign for three seconds minimum you must move forward if you need a better view. 

8. You must try to avoid all accidents even if you are not at fault.

9. You must avoid causing a dangerous sistation when changing lanes.

10. If you fail to give the required head checks more than twice it is a fail item.

11. Not give way when required at an intersection or a roundabout.

Great Tips whilst
doing the Driving Test

1. Make the Driver Examiner feel relaxed & comfortable - Remember you are out to impress a professional Driver Examiner whose sole purpose is to make sure yu are a safe driver able to share the road with other road users.

2. Don't make small talk - It will greatly affect your focus on the job at hand.
3. Don't thank other drivers during your Driving Test - It's a pleasant gesture but likewise it will also greatly affect your focus.
4. Never repeat a Driver Examiner's directions - It is very annoying to a Driver Examiner & it shows that you lack focus.
Other great general
Driving Tips

1. Get Driver-Vehicle Readiness: Safety Belts on, Doors Locked, signal left.

2. Make smooth, gradual starts and stops.

3. Use reference points to know exactly where your car is positioned.

4. Adjust speed and position to keep empty space to the side.

5. Before putting your foot on the accelerator pedal, make sure that the targeting path is clear.

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