A Message From Your Driving Examiner

Written by Omid Karimi

When you go for your driving test anywhere in QLD, before you start the test, your driving examiner will first ask you: ‘Have you read the message from your driving examiner?’

If you have already read that message, the examiners proceed with the test. If you haven’t read it, they will give you a paper with the message on it so you can read it. This message helps you to understand how the test is conducted and how the examiners give you instructions during the test.

Read the message below to know exactly what that is about.

'Start of the message'

“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 markings.

You will be expected to perform the driving tasks when conditions are safe in accordance with the road rules.

If you have a mobile phone, please ensure it is switched off for the duration of this assessment.

Please make any lane changes that are necessary to follow my directions. At no time during the assessment will I ask you to perform any driving tasks that are illegal.

You may see me marking the report form during the assessment - please do not assume that an error has occurred.

If your vehicle is fitted with blind spot mirrors you are still required to conduct shoulder checks to ensure there are no vehicles in the blind spot.

Once the assessment has commenced, I am unable to answer any questions that may influence your driving performance.

If the vehicles 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, where possible or requested.

For the purpose of a heavy vehicle driving assessment, you must switch off engine compression brakes for the duration of the assessment in built up areas.

If you are recording this assessment, the recording device must not have audio capability turned on and must be outward facing in a safe location.

You will not be able to access the recording device during the assessment. If using a device other than your mobile phone to record, please ensure your mobile phone is switched off for the duration of this assessment.

At the end of the test I will ask you to accompany me to the debrief area to discuss the outcome of your test.

Do you have any questions?”

‘End of the message’

Once you’re done reading the message, you can ask your driving examiner any questions you might have regarding the test. It will also be a good time to let the examiner know about conditions that may affect your driving, for example, having English as your second language or any medical conditions that may affect your ability to drive like a healthy person.

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