How to Prepare for your PDA (provisional driving assessment)  Part 2

You’ve passed your L-plates and learnt how to drive through the instruction of a qualified driving instructor. Other supervising drivers helped you to make up the rest of the minimum 25 hours of supervised driving. You’ve kept diligent logbook and showed the proof of the supervised driving as well.

After reading the previous post on what the driving assessor will check on your vehicle and if you are happy that the car you will be using for the PDA is indeed roadworthy, you can proceed to book your appointment.

So, what is next in your preparation for your PDA (provisional driving assessment)?

Once the driving assessor decides that your car is roadworthy you will hit the road.

During the Provisional Driving Assessment you will be measured on the following:

  • How well you combine driving skills together;
  • Are you aware of what is happening behind you by using your rear view mirrors and being aware of the blind spots?
  • Do you move the car smoothly forwards and backwards?
  • Do you pick the best track and do you stay on track?
  • Are you aware of the hazards around you and is your response appropriate?
  • Is your signalling correct and do the other road users around you know your intentions?
  • Do you keep an eye on the car’s instruments (i.e. speedometer, fuel gauge etc.) and do you use the steering wheel, clutch and gearbox correctly?

Let’s recap the day of your  PDA (provisional driving assessment), just so you know exactly what to expect.

  1. Have a roadworthy car.
  2. Make sure that this car has a hand brake in the middle so that your driving assessor can use it if necessary.
  3. Submit your PDA log Book.  Remember to sign the declaration of completion and have your supervising driver also sign it.
  4. Do you have your entire Learner Guide and Log Book with you?
  5. Do you have primary and secondary proof of identification with you?
  6. Arrive at leat 10 minutes before the scheduled appointment.  Rather be early than just on time, so that you have time to relax and calm down before the assessment.

Expect the unexpected on the day of your PDA

Just so you know – it may happen that an auditor, trainer or trainee driving assessor  may accompany you on the drive. This is in order to assess or train or provide training to the driving assessor and they are not there to assess you.

You can book your PDA in person or online (if applicable and allowed, which your driving school instructor should be able to tell you) or via the telephone.

I have assisted many students in their preparation for their PDA’s over the past nine years.  Call me if you need any assistance whether it is learning how to drive, or whether it is to sharpen up your existing skills before your PDA.