It’s a common request where learners will want to use the instructors vehicle to do their driving test. Sometimes this is because they can’t access their usual practice vehicle, sometimes because they are actually more comfortable in your car and sometimes as a result of the concept that it “looks better in they eyes of the regulator”.
Generally we conduct a lesson as a warm up, prior to the test and then finish the lesson at the testing centre before the test.
Remember that your car is a reflection of your business. Make sure it’s is clean, smells good and there are no obstructions inside the car. Don’t forget the back seat, just in case there is monitoring happening.
Make sure that you allow plenty of time and ensure your student has all required documents and their learners permit on them. Get checked in and then wait for their name to be called. Once the test is underway you have a great chance to catch up on some phone calls, messages etc etc.
Upon return you can be a party to the de-brief of the driving test BUT remember that the test is a transaction between the learner and the regulator. You will be welcome to hear any feedback and you may need to reiterate or explain some of that to the learner.
It may happen that you disagree with what the testing officer says. Remember that you weren’t in the car and that the testing officer is a trained professional. Do not commence an argument with the examiner at the counter. You are there as a guest and as an observer. However, you still have the right to your opinion or clarification.
Firstly, if you can ask the examiner (away from others) and seek a clarification you may be given a satisfactory answer that explains what transpired…..today. If you can’t obtain a satisfactory answer or you believe a gross misunderstanding of the regulations has occurred, it’s best that you make an appointment to see the centre manager.
Know the date, time, applicant and the exact nature of your concern. Have a rational and balanced discussion. If you are still of the belief that something untoward has happened then contact the ADTA and we will seek an answer for you from management within the regulator.
Remember, engaging in an argument at the counter is unprofessional and will probably lead to you being excluded from the site.