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The purpose of the Driving Test is to assess your capability as a driver. It consists of a 40 minute drive where you are accompanied by a examiner. Before you get in the car, the examiner will ask you a small number of questions on the rules of the road. You will then be required to identify some components of your vehicle and prove that you know basic maintenance tasks such as how to check the oil and where the spare tyre is located.

During the drive, the examiner will give you directions around one of the pre-determined routes for that test centre. You will be assessed on the following criteria during the test:

  • Secondary controls (wipers, lights, indicators, etc.)
  • Road positioning
  • Overtaking and passing
  • Anticipation and observation
  • Use of mirrors and signals
  • Progress
  • Speed
  • Compliance with traffic lights, road signs and markings
  • Use of the vehicle controls (accelerator, clutch, gears, brakes and steering)


Upon returning to the test centre, you will be informed by the examiner whether you have passed or not. If you have failed, you will be informed as to where you were below requirements.
For a more complete description of the test, please visit
the RSA Driving Test website.


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