Assessment criteria: safe positioning

Clearance-obstructions

Expected outcome / competence

Plenty of room should be allowed when passing stationary vehicles and obstructions. Ability to display the readiness to be prepared to slow down or stop, as a door may open, a child may run out or a vehicle may pull out without warning.

Examples of faults and how they may be marked:

Driving fault

  • Too close to a stationary vehicle when road conditions allowed the correct clearance.

Serious fault

  • Narrowly avoided a collision with a stationary vehicle when road conditions enabled the correct and safe course to be taken.

Dangerous fault

  • Any situation brought about by the above fault, due to passing dangerously close to, or striking a stationary vehicle, that resulted in actual danger to the examiner, candidate, the general public or property.

 

Positioning-normal driving, lane discipline

Expected outcome / competence

The vehicle should be positioned correctly for the intended route.

Where lanes are marked, the vehicle should be positioned to the middle of the lane.

Straddling lane markings should be avoided. Do not change lanes unnecessarily.

Examples of faults and how they may be marked:

Driving fault

  • Positioning errors when driving too close to the kerb

Serious fault

  • Persistently driving too close to the kerb, placing pedestrians at risk

Dangerous fault

  • Any situation brought about by driving dangerously close to the kerb that resulted in actual danger to the examiner, candidate, and the general public or property.

Other faults

How these faults may be marked will depend on the situation.

Normal driving:

  • too close to the kerb
  • too far from the kerb
  • not using bus or cycle lanes when the times allow its use
  • on dual carriageways driving in the right hand lane
  • cutting across the normal road position when going ahead at roundabouts

Lane discipline:

  • straddling marked lanes when going ahead
  • straddling a bus lane

The above is taken from The Driving Examiners Manual. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/guidance-for-driving-examiners-carrying-out-driving-tests-dt1

Where appropriate it has been reformatted and edited so it only refers to the driving of ordinary cars (class b).

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