YOUNG DRIVER SCHEME

To find out about an opportunity to get some ‘pre’ driver experience in Essex in an off road environment go to:

Chelmsford Yound Driver Scheme

Colchester Young Driver Scheme

Earles Colne Young Driver Scheme

10.04.2015 Bike test explained

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“A good scooter driver watches the road, takes their time and is aware of what is going on around them,” says DJ Ironik. “It's not clever to travel over the speed limit at any time, and definitely not cool to drink and drive.”

Once you’ve passed the CBT and the theory test, you need to brush up your bike skills for the full practical test. Since 2009 there have been two modules that you need to pass to get your full licence:

Module one

It costs £15.50 and takes around 20 minutes. It tests your control and safety with six manoeuvres:

1. Wheeling the moped and using the stand

2. Doing a slalom and figure of eight

3. Cornering, hazard avoidance and controlled stop

4. U-turn

5. Slow riding – tests whether you can control your moped at slow speeds, for instance at junctions

6. Emergency stop

If you can perform the manoeuvres with no dangerous mistakes and at both a slow and fast pace, you’ll pass module one. Which means it’s time to take…

Module two

It starts with an eyesight test (can you read a number plate 20 metres away?) plus safety and balance questions (for instance, how will carrying a passenger affect the balance of your bike?). Then you go on the road for 40 minutes while the examiner follows you on a motorbike, telling you what to do over a radio. You’ll do:

1. Hill starts

2. Angle starts (pulling out from behind a parked vehicle)

3. Normal stops

Module two costs £75 or £88.50 for weekend and evening tests.

One last point to remember: both modules will assess your clothing and crash helmet so make sure they’re safe.

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