How to prepare for driving test in Dubai
Driving tests can be nerve racking, particularly if you're an experienced driver from your home country you may by now have taken a lot of precautions for granted that get you a fail in the test. So, before you start your Dubai car buying research, spend some time preparing for the driving test. Here's the guide to doing so.
Gather your documents
Make sure you have all the required documents you need for the test. This is important to get you through the registration process. In the UAE, this includes passport with valid Dubai residence visa, original Emirates ID card, two passport size photographs, eye test report, original home country licence (if applicable), an affidavit to prove it, and a No Objection Letter from your sponsor.
Studying for the written test can come as an invaluable learning tool during the practical test. Make sure to go through RTA Theory Test online to brush up on your knowledge.
Practise driving on test routes
Usually, the route you will have to take during the driving test is predefined. Make sure you visit this route a couple of times to get yourself accustomed to it. This learning experience will familiarise you with your mistakes which you can work on before the actual test.
Using the traffic file number and the date of birth, you would need to book an appointment. You will choose this from an availability list and finalise by paying the fees by credit card.
Pay special attention to traffic signals. It is not only important to know what each means, but it's equally important to respect all signals and not to rush through them.
Poor hand placement on the steering wheel and inaccuracy in steering are under strict scrutiny by the examiner. A common recommended technique is to use the 9 and 3 rule. Where your left hand is on the 9 o'clock position and the right hand on the 3 o'clock of a common clock.
Avoid common faults
Regularly checking mirrors, observing the road on junctions, failure to give signal are all minor problems but need major attention. Make sure you pay special attention to road signs. Missing out even one can prove detrimental for your licence.
Now that you feel energised and are ready to take your test, get ready to choose your first ride as well.
The writer is a growth hacker at CarSwitch.com. Views expressed are his own and do not reflect the newspaper's policy.