Independent ride explained
The independent ride is usually explained at the start of the test, but not implemented until later. The independent ride takes about 10 minutes and involves riding ‘solo’ without any further directions being given. Its purpose is for the examiner to assess a candidate’s ability to ride safely whilst making their own decisions.
The Independent ride takes one of two forms. The candidate will be asked to pull over and will be shown a simple map or diagram to explain a route comprising of three road directions. The candidate must then complete the route and find a safe place to pull over. This process is often repeated three times to complete a 10-minute independent ride. An alternative involves following a series of road signs. The examiner might say, “Please follow road signs to the town centre, until directed otherwise”.
The Independent ride takes around 10 minutes
Preparation can be covered locally through a professional motorcycle training school, whose instructors will know the local test routes. Whilst on test, if a candidate does not understand the instruction, they should ask for clarification. That said, if a candidate gets lost, it is unlikely to affect the test result and the examiner is responsible for returning them to the correct route.
Key points to remember:
- A wrong turn will not affect the test result
- The examiner will keep things on course
- Independent ride only lasts 10 minutes
- Don’t panic, relax and observe well ahead
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