Once you have completed your HGV Training, the next step involves taking your practical test. The test lasts around an hour and a half. This will include show me and tell me questions, the reverse exercise, road driving, and the controlled stop. Your instructor will explain what is involved in the practical test and train you to the standard that is required to pass your test. Here is a list from The LGV Training Company of top tips and hints to help you pass your test.
Maintain the Correct Speed Limit
This is an important tip. You need to show that you can maintain the correct speed limit along with keeping up with the traffic around you.
Make sure you are always looking at what is going on ahead. Keep in mind that a truck takes a lot longer to slow down and stop when compared to a standard-sized car.
Use Your Reversing Marker
When you use the marker that is attached to the rear mudguard on your truck it will ensure that you can back your truck into the box as accurately as you can. Your instructor will teach you about using this marker.
Bring Your Licence
You need to bring along your theory test certificate and driving licence. Without these documents, you will not be able to take your practical test.
You should not be training for hours on end on the day of your test. You need to be ready and fresh, rather than drained and tired. You can do a quick 40 to 60 minute pre-drive on the day of the test.
It is important that before you change gears, move off, slow down or speed up, that you always check all your mirrors.
Brakes to Slow, Gears to Go
Using gears for slowing down will cost you a few faults and is not acceptable. Trained and competent drivers only use their brakes for slowing down, while selecting the right gear to move forward.
Get Familiar with Your Test Area
It is not possible to know the test route before your test. However, you can familiarise yourself with the test area.
During your test, you will be asked to stop your vehicle on several occasions when it is regarded as safe to do so. When an examiner has asked you to stop, do so as soon as it is safe. Apply your handbrake, cancel your indicator and select the neutral gear.
You should be facing forward when you dismount and mount your truck. Also, use the steps and handrails.
Get Enough Rest
Make sure you get enough sleep before the day of your test.
Keep in mind that your examiner will appreciate a controlled and smooth ride similar to anyone else.
What to do When Meeting up with Oncoming Traffic
Prepare to slow your truck down and then stop when meeting up with an oncoming large vehicle. It is easier to deal with situations that are awkward when moving slowly or stationary.
Make sure you conduct a pre-use vehicle check before the test. While conducting the check you can cover the show me and tell me questions.
Remove your seat-belt when you conduct your reversing exercise. It will get in your way. Make sure you put it back on once the exercise is complete.
You must check your blind spot and your mirrors when you move from a stationary position.
Make sure you are dressed comfortably in the right attire and boots for the day of your test.
Move Quickly Past Your Mistakes
You are able to make a maximum of fifteen minor faults, while still being able to pass the LGV practical drivers test. If you have made a mistake quickly move past it. Dwelling on a past mistake often leads to more mistakes.
You are able to use 2 shunts when required. When you do take your shunt, make sure you use it. You are also allowed to exit your vehicle once. You can exit the truck to make sure the rear part of the truck is in the right place.
Switch off your mobile phone
Before the test, ensure you switch off your phone.