Practical examIndependent driving
A candidate runs a part of the exam without instructions of the examiner. There are three options to do this part of the exam:
1. Orientation command, a fixed point in the distance wich the candidate can see.
2. Multiple commands also known as clustercommand in combination of following roadsigns.
3. Via navigation sysytem e.g. TomTom
The examiner chooses one of the three options for the candidate. If there is no navigationsystem available the examiner will choose one of the first two options. Independent driving by the candidate usually covers about ten to a maximum of fifteen minutes of the exam. The goal of exam is to see if the candidate drives in a safe and resposible manner and can manage the given traffic situations.
The orientation mark is not set. If you are not familiar with te area of then the examiner will ask you to drive to a highy visible landmark e.g. a school, large building, shoppingmall.
The goal is to see if the candidate drives in a safe and resposible manner to that landmark.
During the exam you will get an clustercommand. Usually a short route. A clustercommand is the same situation as asking a stranger for directions. The assigngment will usually have three to five commands in it and following roadsigns could be also included.
The candidate has to follow the route as best as possible.
Driving with a navigationsystem is only used if the drivingschool or car has access to such a system. Driving with such a system is seen as being the future of driving. So it is highly recommended that a student has gained knowledge of the usages of such a system during the lessons.
The usages of the navigationsystem can be requested by the examiner at any given time during the exam. This is very helpfull for foreign students as the system can be set to different languages.
Performing special maneuver
There are three different special maneuvers
1. Return assisgnment
2. Park command
3. Stop assignmet
During the exam the examiner wil ask a candidate at least two special maneuvers
A return command is always given while on the move. The candidate has to turn the vehicle around and follow the route in the opposite direction The candidate has to asses the best solution to turn the vehicle around and perform this maneuver is a safe manner.
Park command A park command can be given at any moment during the exam. The examiner request that the candidate parks the vehicle as close as possible to specific spot e.g. shop or entrance of a building. The candidate has to decide the best parking solution given the situation.
When a stop command is requested by the examiner will ask the candidate to park the vehicle as close as possible to another vehicle. After stopping te candicate will receive a command to follow the previous or new route. A stop command can be performed on both sides of the road.
The examiner will request two out of the three maneuvers. While performing a special maneuver at least one of them has to be done in reverse. During the exam a hillstop will also be tested.
While performing as special maneuver not only the technical aspect of the maneuver will be graded but also the situation and the decision making of the candidate before and during the performance of the maneuver.
Danger and situational awareness
This part of the exam will be dicussed after the candidate has handled a traffic situation. The candidate has explain his or her disicions while performing the given traffic situation. Discussing the situation is not about good or bad but about the overall performance and only done after the vehicle has come to a halt, it is more give the examiner more insight into the decision maken process of the candidate.