The emergency stop, although a very important manoeuvre to master when driving, is not a part of all driving tests. It is imperative to know how to stop safely and quickly in the event of an unexpected obstacle in the road, such as a child running after a ball. This helps to prevent road traffic accidents and injuries to pedestrians.
The question remains though, why is it not included in all driving tests?
Perhaps one of the main reasons why an emergency stop is not included in all driving tests is the time restraints. Driving tests are limited to around 45 minutes to one hour. In this period, it is essential to assess your overall driving ability in a number of areas. Your examiner will only ask you to demonstrate your ability to perform an emergency stop where it is safe to do so. Driving tests are normally taken in built-up urban areas, which means it may not be possible to find an adequate opportunity to perform an emergency stop without creating a risk to other road users.
Your overall driving ability
It is important to remember that you only take your driving test once your instructor is convinced that you are able to drive safely on the road without being accompanied. This means that on the day you take your test, your examiner will expect an already high standard from your instructor. Normally an examiner will ask you to perform two of three manoeuvres including the emergency stop, three-point-turn and parallel parking. If your examiner sees a high standard of driving, they may not feel it necessary to conduct an emergency stop as it also important to master the other manoeuvres in order to prevent a car accident.
Most tests include the emergency stop
Although we have stated that not every test will contain an emergency stop, it is important to keep in mind that it is not left by the wayside during driving tests. Out of three driving tests, an examiner is likely to ask the candidate to perform an emergency stop in two of these tests.
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Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice