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The Yard test

Once you have successfully completed the pre-trip inspection, the examiner will direct you to where you will begin the yard test. Remember, throughout the yard test you must show that you can handle the car and obey any road signs or markings. You must use your turn signal and mirrors correctly at all times. You will be given two chances to complete each move, provided that you do not bump into any obstacles or mount the kerb during your first try. You may stop at any point during a move if you are feeling unsure or confused, but try not to stop too many times.

You will need to successfully complete the following moves in the yard test:

Three-point Turn: This involves turning the vehicle around to face in the opposite direction, using only three moves. You will begin by driving slowly forward in a curve towards the opposite kerb, taking care not to bump or mount the kerb. You will then reverse slowly, again turning the wheel to turn the car in the opposite direction. Finally, you will move forward slowly again until the car is placed correctly in the correct lane to proceed in the opposite direction to that in which you started.

Alley Docking: This involves reversing the vehicle in a curve into a parking space. You need to keep your pace slow and maintain clutch control, while watching your mirrors to ensure that you do not bump into any obstacles. Once you have successfully reversed into position, the examiner will ask you to drive the car out forwards without bumping into any obstacles.

Parallel Parking: You will be allowed three moves to get the car into a parallel parking position alongside the kerb. You will begin by reversing slowly, gently turning the wheel to move the car into the parking space. Take care to reverse as slowly as possible and not to bump into the obstacles. You will then have two further moves to straighten the car up in the parking space. Usually, you would move forward slightly while turning the wheel to straighten up. You may then need to reverse a little again to get the car properly in place. Once you have successfully completed this move, you will be asked to bring the car out of the space, again without bumping any of the obstacles.

Incline start: The examiner will direct you to drive onto the incline (slight hill) and then stop on the incline without rolling backwards. You will need good braking and clutch control, and controlled use of the handbrake. You will then be instructed to drive forward, again without rolling. This will involve clutch control as you rev the car slightly, with your foot on the clutch, until you see the bonnet lift slightly. At this point, release the handbrake and begin accelerating, removing your foot from the clutch. Do not accelerate too hard or too gently. This move requires practice, so work on it before you take your test.

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This doesn't look much different from the field test in other countries. I am a bit unfamiliar with the "yard" test but it's easy to deduct what's that about. As long as these tests verify the driver's readiness it doesn't matter what shape they take. Is there any chance you could get a car through a donate a car program in this country? Please share some directions!

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