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About the K53 Driving Test

The K53 defensive driving system is a vital requirement of the practical driving test.

It means driving in a manner that gives other road users advance warning of your intentions so that they too can use the road in safety.

The driving test measures a driver's proficiency in:
  • handling the vehicle
  • obedience to traffic rules
  • road signs
  • traffic signals and surface markings
  • correct application of the K53 defensive driving system through all aspects of the test
  • coping with traffic problems in practical driving situations
 Light and heavy motor vehicle test may include the following:

A pre-trip inspection of the vehicle's roadworthiness as well as a yard test of your basic manoeuvring skills, away from traffic:

  • starting the engine;
  • moving off;
  • turning around in the road: 'three-point-turn' (light vehicles only);
  • alley docking: reversing into an alley, and driving out again;
  • parallel parking (light vehicles only);
  • stopping and moving off on an incline;
  • left turn (light vehicles if towing a trailer, and heavy vehicles); and
  • reversing in a straight line (light vehicles if towing a trailer, and heavy vehicles).
A road test conducted on public roads carrying traffic, including the following situations where available:
  • obeying traffic signals;
  • changing lanes;
  • overtaking;
  • speed control;
  • turning left and right at intersections;
  • proceeding through an intersection;
  • uncontrolled intersections;
  • obeying yield signs and traffic lights;
  • stopping in traffic;
  • stopping at a stop sign;
  • a traffic circle;
  • a railway level crossing;
  • a pedestrian crossing;
  • entering a freeway;
  • leaving a freeway;
  • passing a freeway off-ramp and on-ramp;
  • overtaking on a freeway
  • emergency stop.

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