Driving Test & Tips

At the first street, turn left please
At the end of this road turn right please
At the third set of traffic lights along this road please turn right.
At the roundabout follow the road through and take the second exit, following the signs to …

Show the mirrors that you will be using when driving and explain how you would adjust them.
Show how to demist the front window.
Show how to use windscreen wipers.

      1. Reverse park

reverse into a space behind a parked vehicle using a maximum of two reverse movements and one forward movement. Must finish within a maximum of 45cm from the kerb and 1m to 2m from the vehicle in front. When driving off from this position use a maximum of one change of direction that is on reverse movement if required.

      1. Turn around

should not touch kerbs during this manoeuvre.

      1. U turn

Turn vehicle around in one forward movement. usually at a T intersection. Make sure you signal and stay as close as practicable to the centre of the road when starting U Turn.

      1. Hill start

Move off smoothly from a stationary position and travel up a moderate incline without rolling back.

      1. Reversing

Reverse the vehicle along a straight or slightly curved stretch of road for a distance of between 25m to 30m, staying within approx. 50cm of the kerb.

      1. Gear changing

up and down.

Non Critical Driving Errors – An error that does not by itself compromise safety to road users or the safe operation of the vehicle.


  • riding the clutch
  • resting foot on clutch

Specific Repeated Driving Error – when six non critical drivers errors for certain performance checks are accrued. For example if an applicant accumulates six signalling errors, this constitutes one SRDE. The overall test result is considered unsuccessful.

Critical Driving Error – An error that compromises the safety of any road user or indicates an inappropriate level of skill or ability.


    • loses control of steering
    • removes both hands from the steering wheel while the vehicle is in motion
    • intervention by the driving examiner, collision, dangerous action
    • disobeys an official direction
    • assuming the engine is running when it is not
    • attempts to start the engine twice on the same occasion when it is already running
    • selecting reverse while travelling forward
    • follows other traffic with one second or less following distance

The applicant needs to accrue only one critical driving error to result in test termination, whereas nine non critical driving errors must be accumulated over the course of the test for an unsuccessful result.

Check your taco to see if the car is running.

  • U Turn – must have a clear view for 150 meters.
  • Mirrors – use prior to and after turning, changing lanes, pulling out and returning to the kerb, stopping or slowing down, approaching an intersection and at least every 5-10 seconds.
  • Signal – use indicators for 5 seconds before manoeuvres.

You will be given the following document just prior to your assessment

A message from your Driving Examiner

Below is some helpful information on Q-Safe and what you will be expected to do.

  • Q-Safe is designed to evaluate your ability to drive safely and correctly in different driving situations which may include a variety of speed zones.

  • I will be asking you to undertake a series of driving tasks throughout the assessment. You will be given clear directions in ample time.

  • If I don't give you any specific directions, please just follow the road and be directed by road signs, signals and road markings.

  • If the vehicle is fitted with driver assist devices (for example GPS, speed alarms, park assist or easy start) please turn these devices off for the duration of the test.

  • If no request to record has been made or consent was not given:

  • If consent to record has been given:

  • right_lessons If consent to record has been given:Do you have any questions?

What is the test day procedure?

  1. Meet a trainer at Queensland Transport (unless otherwise arranged) for a one hour warm up session before the assessment.
  2. Bring your licence.
  3. It is a requirement to arrive at the Test Centre 20 minutes before test time.
  4. Hand in completed yellow application form and driver’s licence at Transport Department.
  5. Read “A Message from your Driving Examiner”.
  6. Go out on test with examiner.
  7. While on the driving test the examiner is required to give clear and early directions. At times examiners will chat with you, and other times they may remain quite. Don’t allow nerves or the examiner’s personality put you off the task at hand which is to drive safely and obtain your licence.
  8. When the test is completed the examiner will discuss errors with you and then inform you if the test was a pass or a fail.
  9. If you pass, you will receive a new licence from the customer service centre when the paper work has been completed (usually 15-20 min). If you fail, then another practical test will need to be done.
  10. Make sure you have paid any outstanding driving fines.

Licences from certain countries are recognised licences and therefore you may not need to pass a driving test. In some other cases, you may be issued a full licence or a Green P rather than a Red P after passing the driving test depending on how long you have been holding your overseas licence for.