Emergency Stop

Another criteria driving examiners look at involves doing controlled stop or emergency stops.  During the driving test, the examiner will randomly ask you to park on the left. After parking and securing the hand brakes, the examiner will ask you to demonstrate the emergency stop procedure.

The examiner will briefly explain briefly the procedure. the examiner will ask you to stop the vehicle as though there was an emergency situation  and will give you the signal . This  signal will be given either verbally or most commonly through hand signal. The hand signal for emergency stop is interpreted as raising the hand, palm away. It is important to wait for the examiners verbal and hand signal  before maneuvering the emergency stop. The traffic condition may not be safe for you and for other road users if you don’t do so.

During a real emergency situation, you have no time to check your mirrors before executing an emergency stop. During the driving test, consider it as a real emergency situation and focus on the examiners signal.

The emergency stop test are usually done on a quiet and deserted 30mph road. This is because the actual emergency stop maneuver is close to 30mph speed. If there are constant traffic, it is more than likely the examiner will conduct the emergency stop there.

When you receive the voice command and hand signal from the examiner, release the accelerator and firmly apply the brake. Keep your normal driving position with both hands on the steering wheel. keep steering straight and keep alert for signs of the wheels locking and going on a skid.