Now that you have completed your HGV training, it is time to take the practical test before you are finally awarded your licence. The HGV test which includes the reversing exercise, road drive, controlled stop and show me questions typically takes about an hour and a half. Though your training instructor will have provided the standard training to help you gain your C1 licence, below are twenty tips you can implement to improve your chances of passing the test.
Prove You Paid Attention
Take steps to show that you know what was taught in your lesson. For example, when it is safe, show that you can keep up with traffic while at the same time complying with traffic regulations and the speed limit.
When driving, remember that large vehicles are harder to control than a car. As such, look ahead and do not control the vehicle at the very last minute each time.
Use Reverse Markers
When taking the reversing test, you should rely on the markers placed at the rear guard of the vehicle as they will help you fit your HGV properly in the parking box.
Remember your Documents
Ensure that you carry all the required documents for both the practical and theory tests. Failure to have the right documentation will mean that you may not be allowed to carry out the test.
Consider a Pre-Drive Test
Though you may wish to carry out a pre-drive test, do not train for so long that you are too tired for the actual test. Ideally, your pre-drive test should not take more than one hour.
Check Your Mirrors
Do not forget to pay special attention to what is happening in your mirrors. Before carrying out any action, always check your mirrors.
Be Aware of Braking
Remember that using your gears to slow down your vehicle is not accepted and it can lose you marks. Only use gears to accelerate. If you want to slow down, use your brakes.
Research Potential Test Areas
Though you will not be informed of where you will be taking the actual test, it is best that you do some research so that you are familiar with potential test areas.
During the test, your examiner will ask you to stop the vehicle several times. When you are asked to do this do not continue driving for long. Instead, at the earliest opportunity when it is safe, stop, apply the handbrake, put the gear into neutral and then cancel the indicator lights.
When mounting and dismounting your vehicle during the test, use the steps and handrails and ensure that you are always looking forward.
Rest before the Test
On the day before the test, ensure that you go to bed early and that you have plenty of rest.
Try your best to ensure that you are driving as smoothly as possible to get full marks from your examiner.
During the test, when you meet any large oncoming vehicles, be ready to slow your vehicle and stop. Keep in mind that when you are driving in an awkward situation, it is easier to assess the situation when you are moving slowly or stationary.
Remember Your Pre-Checks
Before starting your test, first pre-check all areas of the vehicle. As you are checking your vehicle, you can remind yourself of all possible show me questions that your examiner may pose.
Remove Your Seat Belt to Reverse
Do not forget to take your seat belt off during the reversing test. A seat belt will only get in your way when reversing. However, do not forget to put it on when you have finished reversing.
Check Your Mirrors Again
When driving in a blind spot or when getting the vehicle out of the stationary position, do not forget to check your mirrors.
When going for the test, you do not have to wear official clothing to impress the examiner! Instead, wear comfortable clothing.
Don’t Dwell on Mistakes
When taking the HGV test, you can make up to 15 mistakes. Should you make any mistake during the test, do not dwell on the mistake. Instead, move on and focus on doing better. If you dwell on your mistakes, you are more likely to make others.
Check Your Reversing
Do not forget that if required, you can take up to two shunts during the reversing test. If you take a shunt, ensure that you make use of it. Do not forget that you can also get out of the vehicle once as you are reversing. The best way to use this opportunity is to check if you have parked correctly.
Switch off Your Phone
Do not forget to switch off your phone before the start of the test.