As part of your test you will be required to do at least 2 of the following manoeuvres:

  • U-turn
  • Hill start
  • Reverse park
  • Reversing exercise
  • Turn around
  • Automatic gear change

At least one of the manoeuvres will contain a reversing component. You will be assessed on your ability to manoeuvre your car legally, safely, efficiently and accurately.

U-turn

You must turn the car around in one forward movement at an intersection or within the confines of a wide street. You will be expected to:

  • Turn the car around in one smooth forward movement.
  • Commence the turn from:
    • As close as practical to the road centre, if there is a dividing line and or median strip.
    • A position to the left of the road centre, if no dividing line or median strip.
  • Complete the turn without touching the kerbs.
  • Complete all relevant performance checks during the manoeuvre (e.g. observing, scanning and shoulder checks, and signalling).
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An error will be recorded if you don’t appropriately manoeuvre and position your car.

Non-critical driving errors

  • Being unable to turn the car around in one forward movement.
  • Taking an inappropriate course on the approach to or during the U-turn.

Errors may also be recorded for other aspects of your driving, such as signalling, if you don’t meet the requirements of these performance checks during the manoeuvre.

Reverse park

You must pull up alongside a parked vehicle and reverse into a space behind using a maximum of 2 reverse and 1 forward movement. You must drive off from this position using a maximum of 1 reverse movement (if required). You will be expected to:

  • Only reverse as far as needed.
  • Park parallel to the kerb.
  • Park as close and as near as practical to the kerb.
  • Complete all relevant performance checks during the manoeuvre (e.g. observing, scanning and shoulder checks, and signalling).

An error will be recorded if you don’t appropriately manoeuvre and position your car.

Non-critical driving errors

  • Finishing the reverse park 45cm or more from the kerb or more than 2m from the vehicle in front.
  • Moving further than 3m between the parked vehicle and the front of the car.

Errors may also be recorded for other aspects of your driving, such as signalling, if you don’t meet the requirements of these performance checks during the manoeuvre.

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Reversing exercise

Reverse the car along a straight stretch of road for 25-30m. You will be expected to:

  • Reverse in a straight line parallel to and within 50cm of the kerb.
  • Complete all relevant performance checks during the manoeuvre (e.g. observing, scanning and shoulder checks, and signalling).

An error will be recorded if you don’t appropriately manoeuvre your vehicle.

Non-critical driving errors

  • Positioning the car more than 50cm from the kerb during the manoeuvre.

Errors may also be recorded for other aspects of your driving, such as signalling, if you don’t meet the requirements of these performance checks during the manoeuvre.

Hill start

You must move off smoothly from a stationary position and travel up a moderate incline without rolling back. You will be expected to:

  • Complete all relevant performance checks during the manoeuvre (e.g. observing, scanning and shoulder checks, and signalling).

An error will be recorded for aspects of your driving performance that don’t meet the requirements of these performance checks when completing the manoeuvre.

Turn around (three-point turn)

Turn around between kerbs using forward and reverse gears. You will be expected to:

  • Turn the car around using the minimum changes in direction necessary (you should not need more than 4 direction changes (a 5-point turn).
  • Complete the turn without touching the kerbs.
  • Complete all relevant performance checks during the manoeuvre (e.g. observing, scanning and shoulder checks, and signalling).

An error will be recorded if you don’t appropriately manoeuvre your vehicle.

Non-critical driving errors

  • Unnecessarily requiring more than 4 direction changes (a 5-point turn).

Errors may also be recorded for other aspects of your driving, such as speed choice, if you don’t meet the requirements of these performance checks during the manoeuvre.

Gear change (automatic cars only)

While moving, select a lower gear, then re-select the normal “drive” gear. You will be expected to:

  • Complete all relevant performance checks during the manoeuvre (e.g. observing, scanning and shoulder checks, and signalling).

An error will be recorded for aspects of your driving performance that don’t meet the requirements of these performance checks when completing the manoeuvre.

Continue reading the Your Guide to the Q-SAFE: Practical Driving Test Summary:

1. Introduction

2. Your Test Vehicle

3. Scoring Criteria

4. Taking the Test

5. Manoeuvres

6. After the Test


Check out the other QLD Driving Test resources available to help you pass the Q-SAFE Practical Driving Test and get your provisional P1 licence (Red Ps) or, if 25 or over, P2 provisional licence (Green Ps):

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