How to pass a motorbike test in the UK

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How to pass a motorbike test in the UK

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Pass a motorbike test in the UK with this simple ‘how to’ guide from Letsfixit. There is no magic formula that will help you pass your motorbike test. A motorbike driver must be well informed on the rules of the road and have passed a written theory test before taking a motorbike test. Above all else, to pass a motorbike test, you must have confidence. With a few pointers on preparation and practice you can get a head start on passing your motorbike test.


Step One

Obtain a theory test certificate. In order to even take a motorbike test on the road, you must have already taken and passed the theory test. The theory test is a written test on the rules of the road and basic safety for motorbike riders. These are important things to know before practicing with your bike, and are essential for knowing what to do during a motorbike test. Often a motorbike test instructor will not even book an appointment with you unless you have confirmed that you have passed your theory test.


Step Two

Practice key maneuvers and testing points on your motorbike. Practicing before the test will greatly improve your chances. Take your motorbike out into a lot or a calm cul de sac and practice turning, signaling and other maneuvers covered in your theory test. The instructor may also ask you to demonstrate a specific skill for them so be prepared to show or tell the instructor how to stop, use the kickstand, etc. If you need a guide for your practices, a visit to your local Department of Motor Vehicles may help. Depending on your area, your DMV can provide you with sample questions or give you an overview of what may be covered during a motorbike road test. It will also help you to study the common mistakes that fail a motorbike rider during the test. Learning to avoid these mistakes in practice will ensure that you will not fall victim to them during your test.


Step Three

Get confident. Sit on your bike and run through your practice with a confident attitude. Drill any weak maneuvers during this time so you will feel secure executing any maneuver without hesitation. Drivers who don't feel confident can often overlook things and fail.


Step Four

Take your test. During the test you will be judged not only on performance but your awareness as well. Keep your eye out for pedestrians and road signs. Stay aware of the traffic and other drivers around you. Motorbike students often lose points or even fail due to their lack of regard for other drivers during the test. Make sure to observe before turning and to watch your speed. Make sure you turn off the indicator light when finishing a maneuver so you don't confuse other drivers, which may lead to a major fault or failing.


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