5 Common G2 and G Road Test Mistakes

Avoid making these 5 Common G2 and G Road Test Mistakes.

by Ultimate Drivers | 31 January 2023

Everyone has heard terrifying tales about how challenging driving examinations can be.
For rookie drivers, the process is stressful, especially with the extra strain of icy examiners (although they’re nice people!).
For those of you who will soon be taking your road exams, it could feel as though the smallest error could cause you to fail.
This is completely untrue.

Contrary to popular opinion, you can make errors and still pass your road test. Everything is based on the type of errors you commit and how frequently you do so. The good news is that with enough experience, you can avoid making these errors.

Here are the top 5 mistakes on the G2 and G road tests (and how to prevent them!).

1. Not regularly checking mirrors
Keep your head swiveled at all times when taking a road test.
Every 5–7 seconds, before turns and lane merge, you should be checking your side and rearview mirrors.
The examiner should be able to tell that you are conscious of your surroundings, especially before difficult moves.

The examiner is not staring directly into your eyes, so you must turn your head to look in mirrors.
But try to avoid bobbing your head about randomly the entire time; this will annoy the examiner and be dangerous on the road!

2. Failing to examine blind spots
The areas surrounding your vehicles that are hidden from view in your side or rearview mirrors are known as your blind spots (as shown below in the image). To avoid collisions with other motorists or pedestrians, you must inspect these blind zones before turning or merging.

Keep both hands on the wheel and cast a glance over your right or left shoulder to check your blind area.
This should provide you with a precise view of your surroundings when combined with your side mirror.
Additionally, you ought to steer clear of driving in other people’s blind zones and, if you do, either speed up (a little) or slow down.

3. Merging too quickly or too closely
The examiner will ask you to merge several times during your driving test.
This might occur before a curve, when traveling straight, or when entering a highway (for G road tests).
Without traffic, this maneuver is very simple, but you’ll need to be especially careful if you’re following another car.

Despite seeing your turn signal, some drivers won’t let you merge in front of them, especially during rush hour.
The best course of action in certain situations is to slightly slow down until that car passes, at which point you should merge.
As you might scare approaching traffic or hit a driver in your blind zone, you should also avoid swerving into another lane quickly.
Merging should always be done one wheel at a time, watching the traffic around you.

Additionally, you ought to only merge if there is sufficient distance between you and the cars in front of and behind you.
You can merge safely if there are 2–3 seconds of stopping distance in each way.
After merging, don’t forget to switch off your indicators to avoid confusing traffic around you!

4. Not keeping sufficient distance
At all times, you must keep a safe distance from the cars in front of and behind you.
This is true whether turning, merging, or following (going straight).
You must keep your distance from the flow of traffic for at least 3 to 4 seconds.
This can be verified by picking a location in the distance and timing how many seconds pass between you and the car in front of you.

You’ll eventually stop needing to count since your intuition will become stronger with time.
Be mindful of this when taking the road test because doing either too much braking or following too closely to another car could get you a failing grade!

5. Driving Too Slowly
Nobody anticipates this, but it occurs far too frequently.
Everyone is aware of the severe penalties associated with speeding, but the opposite is also true!
Additionally dangerous on the road are slow drivers who could obstruct traffic and force other motorists to merge in and out around them.
Be sure to obey the posted speed limit and stay within 5 kilometers of it (for example, if the posted speed limit is 60 km/h, you are permitted to go between 55 and 65 km/h).
If the test-taker needs to remind you to move more quickly regularly, you probably failed it.
Drive firmly and pay attention to your speedometer.

The conclusion
Nobody wants to fail their road test the first time, but a lot of new drivers find themselves in this unfortunate situation (based on the stats).
Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you may fail on the road because of the environment or other drivers.
However, you should aim to practice as often as you can while keeping in mind to avert the errors that are most frequently made, which are described above.
You’ll increase your chances of success and avoid having to go through this trying process again if you do this!

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