How To Pass The Sharjah Driving Test
If you want to drive in Sharjah, you need to acquire a Sharjah driver’s license. However, before you’re deemed worthy to hold an Emirati driver’s license, you must first prove that you’re a competent driver during the driving test.
In this article, we’re going to tell you how to pass the Sharjah driving test so you can acquire your license. Let’s get started, shall we?
Believe it or not, if you show up for the driving test while you’re dressed inappropriately, the examiner could be biased and make you fail the test. Because you don’t want that to happen, it’s important that you dress decently to create a good first impression with the examiner.
Besides that, avoid wearing sunglasses since the examiner will be checking your eye movements while you’re driving.
Don’t Forget the Pre-Drive Checklist
When you get into the driving test car with the examiner, don’t forget to check if everything is in order. That means you should position your seat and mirrors based on your height. Moreover, you should fasten your seatbelt and confirm if the horn, wipers, and lights are working before you proceed.
Another thing; make sure the handbrake and gear are in the correct position before you start the engine.
Check for Blind Spots
During the driving test, the examiner will be watching your body movements to see if you’re aware of your surroundings. For that reason, make sure you check your rearview and side mirrors after every few seconds even when you’re not about to make a turn. Similarly, you should do exaggerated shoulder checks so that the examiner notices you’re attentive on the road.
Maintain The Speed Limit
As a general rule, make sure you maintain the speed limit but don’t drive too fast or too slow. If you’re in residential areas, the speed limit is usually 40 to 60 km/h; although you shouldn’t exceed 20 km/h on service roads and parking areas. But if the examiner takes you to the freeway, the minimum speed limit is usually 80 km/h.
Keep in mind that if you go beyond the speed limit by even 1 km/h, you could fail the driving test.
Follow The Parking Rules
If you’re asked to park the car, make sure you don’t park in front of a bus stop, building entrance, or a gate. Besides that, you shouldn’t hit the curb and you will get extra points if you don’t take too long to park. Of course, don’t forget to check your mirrors and signal when parking your car.
Maintain a Safe Distance
During the driving test, you will be expected to keep a safe following distance of at least 3 seconds between your car and the vehicle in front of you. This should give you enough time to react in case of an emergency. A good rule of thumb is to count to three when the car in front of you passes a sign or post on the road.
Know How to Overtake and Change Lanes
Before you overtake or change lanes, make sure you check your mirrors for blind spots and activate the signal in advance. When you’re ready and there is no traffic obstruction, you can increase the speed gradually to overtake or change the lanes. Once you’re done, make sure you slow down to flow with the traffic and turn off your indicator.
However, you shouldn’t overtake in a restricted area.
Know How to Drive on a Roundabout
Since most cities in the UAE have a roundabout, it’s crucial to familiarize yourself with the rules before the driving test. For starters, vehicles drive on the right-hand side of the road in the UAE; that means, the traffic will flow in an anti-clockwise direction at a roundabout.
Otherwise, you must always yield to the vehicle coming from the left side of the road at a roundabout. In addition to that, never change lanes in a roundabout, and don’t forget to indicate while you’re about to exit.
Obey the Examiner’s Instructions
Sometimes passing the Sharjah driving test all comes down to listening to your examiner’s instructions. If you miss out on instruction, you can always ask the examiner to clarify; but don’t oppose or argue.
Of course, you should use common sense when following the examiner’s instructions. For instance, if the examiner tells you to overtake but there is impeding traffic, it’s okay to wait.
Take it Easy on the Brakes
Make sure you slow down gradually during the driving test. A good idea would be to release the gas pedal and slowly apply the brakes when you want to come to a stop. If you apply the brakes too hard, the examiner will think you’re nervous and not ready to become a licensed driver.
Don’t forget to read the official driver’s handbook and practice with our free Sharjah driving theory test.