How to Prepare for your Provisional Driver Assessment Part 1

How do you prepare for your PDA?

You’ve got your L-plates? You went for driving lessons and did the 25 hours supervised training? You’ve hired Southern Cross Driving School for your driving lessons, and we both(Renny Till, the owner of Southern Cross Driving School and you) feel confident that you are comfortable enough to take the Practical Driving Assessment.

What are your next steps to obtain your P-Plates?

Great! Well done on getting this far.  Let’s see what is in store for you when you book and do your PDA’s.

When you book your PDA for a motor vehicle, they will check that you:

  • Are at least 16 and a half years old,
  • Did at least 25 hours of supervised training, (Remember that it says at least. If you are not yet comfortable or deemed not competent enough by your supervising driver, please keep on practicing.  Practice makes perfect, and you want to be safe on the roads.)
  • Have a road worthy vehicle (if it is not, you will loose the money you have already paid for the test entitlement)
  • Have your Learners permit,
  • Are who you say you are by checking your primary and secondary proof of identification.

What will they check on your vehicle when you arrive at your provisional driving assessment?

The driving assessor will do a vehicle suitability inspection and will look at the following:

  • The speedometer must we working correctly so that you are certain that you are driving within the speed limits
  • The horn must work if you need to sound it to alert others
  • All the door handles (all means inside and outside) must work.  It is important that people can safely get in and out of the car.
  • That the handbrake can hold the car standing still on a slope.
  • That the lights are focussed correctly and won’t cause glare or blind oncoming drivers. Are the indicator lights, brake or tail lights working? If not, they can cause accidents and confusion, which may result in road rage incidents. What is the state of the globes, lenses and headlights?
  • Are the mirrors working and properly adjusted so that the optimum view is possible? (This will be the view of the surrounding areas, and not of you.)
  • Is the exhaust system controlling noise and not causing it? And does it prevent fumes from entering the car?
  • If there is supposed to be headrests in the car, they must indeed be there.
  • Do the accelerator, brake and clutch pedals have anti-slip or non-slip coverings?
  • Are seat belts working correctly and not frayed, twisted or damaged?
  • Do the tyres of your car have an appropriate speed and load rating, and do they have at least 1.5 mm tread depth across the entire width of the tyre? Are the mismatched, worn or damaged?  If they are, then your car is not road worthy and you will not be allowed to take the assessment.
  • If there are cracks over 15cm long on the windscreen of your car in your line of sight, your vehicle will not be roadworthy. Please repair or replace the windscreen before the day of your assessment.
  • Are the windscreen wipers and washers working? They should be and should stop dirt and moisture from obscuring your vision.
  • All windows must be able to open.
  • Is the airconditioner or demister working?
  • Is the car reasonably clean inside and out?
  • Did you remove your L-plates for the assessment?

When you enrol for driving lessons with Southern Cross Driving School you can use my vehicle for your provisional driving assessment.  Speak to me to find out how this will work.

Next week I will finalise Preparing for your PDA. Like my Facebook page and indicate that you would like to be notified when Part 2 is published.

Call me (0448866306) to book your driving lessons, and I will help you pass your PDA.