K53 driving licence
The K53 driving licence test - light and heavy motor vehicles and motorcycles
K53 test scoring method
K53 test - Immediate failure items
The K53 Pre-Trip Inspection Of The Vehicle
The K53 yard test manoeuvres - motor vehicles
The K53 road test - motor vehicles
K53 motorcycle riding test
K53 motorcycle test track layout

The K53 road test for motor vehicles

The road test will commence only after you have passed the yard test. The necessary instructions for the road test will be given while the vehicle is stationary and the engine is switched off.

The road test will take at least 20 minutes, and continue up to a maximum of 45 minutes. If for any reason beyond your control, the duration of the test is more than 45 minutes, no more penalty points will be recorded. However, all errors that normally lead to immediate failure will be recorded (violation of traffic law, uncontrolled/dangerous action, and collision/mechanical failure).

The stopwatch will be stopped when you have stopped the vehicle after completing the pre-established test route. However, test scoring will continue until you have closed your door from the outside.

You will be allowed a maximum average of 8 penalty points per minute of the test. So, if the test took 30 minutes, you will be allowed 240 penalty points. The stopwatch will be started after completion of the instructions for the road test.

You will fail the road test if:

  • you have exceeded the permissible maximum penalty points allowed; or
  • you failed on one of the 'immediate failure' items.
Details of each K53 manoeuvre
Every road test situation is explained in full detail (with illustrations) in The New Official K53 Manual together with the sequences in which the K53 defensive driving actions must be carried out. These sequences are not all exactly the same for every manoeuvre, so be sure to study each one carefully.

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