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Driving practical test in Denmark – things to remember

After my previous blog on passing driving theory test in Denmark, I have decided to share my experience on practical test as well. You may have heard that how difficult it is considered and a lot of people end up taking more than one attempt in clearing it.
This is a compilation of few things, which, if kept in mind during the test will help you clear it faster by helping you reduce number of errors at your end. Though your driving instructor will make you aware of all of this, below is meant to be your quick guide before appearing for a practical test.
The policeman will first check your documents and then will ask you some technical questions about the car. Do not lose confidence if you give any incorrect answer as it cannot be the sole reason of failure.

General tips:
1. Orientate well using mirrors while taking off, reversing, taking turns, changing lanes and merging. Do not forget to check blind angles by looking around.
2. Be very careful with cyclists and pedestrians. They are not expected to know traffic rules always, give them way. Do not be an inconvenience to them in any way.
3. Pay special attention to children always, slow down or brake when needed. Do not blow horn at them.
4. When taking off or stopping, orientate well and indicate.
5. 3 times orientation rule applies while turning – you should orientate AT LEAST thrice while turning: first before indicating, second while placing to stop to turn and third before turning.
6. Stop and continue in very slow speed if the view is not clear in your right or left when entering a junction without a traffic signal.
7. Follow the speed limit always.
8. The policeman may ask you to do a 3 point turn, a parallel parking or a ‘corner back’. Remember to indicate and orientate as and when you should while doing these tasks.
9. Brake softly, avoid jerks.

Below are some specific tips

When you have ‘absolute give way duty’:
Remember to BRAKE and WAIT. Make sure you are not in hurry to enter the road.Sometimes if you have to wait for long, you may do the mistake of entering while you still need to wait. But it is really important that you follow this when you see shark tooth or any other sign of absolute give way duty.

• . When turning left:
While turning left in a junction, you need to make sure that you wait for oncoming traffic in your ‘box’. Where there is no box, make your imaginary box and wait at the place where you are not an inconvenience to oncoming traffic going straight.
When turning left on narrow roads, make sure you take the left turn wide enough not coming in the way of oncoming traffic on the road you are entering. It should not be a sharp turn to avoid being inconvenience to oncoming traffic.

When turning right:
When turning right in a junction, make sure you do not come in the way of cyclists on your right who want to go straight. Take sharp turns to avoid landing at second lane instead of right most lane.

When you have right hand give way duty
Slow down and make sure to look in the right as well as left. Stop if you see someone. The vehicle, cyclist or pedestrian coming from your right should not need to stop.

Merging
First come, first go rule applies. Hence make sure you speed up if you are first or slow down if other vehicle is ahead of you. Do not confuse the vehicle behind or ahead of you.

Lane change
On motorway, it is a MUST to indicate before lane change. Make sure to orientate before indicating. On other roads, there can be three scenarios
-If there is no one behind you, change lane immediately. No need to indicate

-If there are few vehicles close to you in the next lane, wait for them to pass and then change lane. No need to indicate if there is no one behind after they pass

-If there are lot of vehicles behind you in the next lane, indicate and wait for them to ‘allow’ you to change lane.
Do not be an inconvenience to vehicles behind you while changing lanes by slowing down.

Roundabout
When entering a roundabout, you have ‘absolute give way duty’ so always stop and look to the left (because there will be no one from right). Indicate only immediately before your turn and not earlier as you may confuse the traffic behind you.

Before you stop
Look in the inside mirror to check if someone is behind you. Remember to indicate.

Things that may help you before your test:
1. Stay relaxed – before the test do what cheers you up and reach well before time.
2. Listen to the music – your favorite song may help you here.
3. Have a candy or chocolate or anything that just boosts your mood
4. Make sure that the start of your test is good. Familiarize yourself well with the exit of the parking, any junction nearby, the turns near your exit.
5. Spend good 5 minutes standing and observing the traffic right outside the parking area of your test.
6. A day before test, spend some time reading the rating of test mistakes listed on the last few pages of book from prove.dk.

Disclaimer: I am not a professional driving teacher. This is just to help you by sharing my experience. Good luck!

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