The examiner on the test will expect you to: -


1.      Stop the car promptly


2.      Keep the car under control without locking the wheels


3.      Stop the car in the shortest possible distance


4.      Stop the car without endangering other road users




The Examiner will ask you to stop at various places during the driving test. Whenever you stop, you should do so in a safe place. The Examiner will not trap you by asking you to stop in an illegal place, but you have to select a safe position for normal stops.


It's during one of these 'stops' that the Examiner will say to you that, very shortly, he will ask you to stop the vehicle as in an emergency. The signal he will give you as he says 'Stop' will be shown to you, usually a hand out in front of him and he will say “STOP!”


This is the one occasion in the test when you don't follow the mirrors-signal-manoeuvre routine. Before giving you the signal to 'Stop' the Examiner himself would have checked the road behind with a look over his right shoulder. He won't ask you to stop if there could be a danger to you from following traffic.


At the signal:


  1. Keeping both hands on the steering wheel depress the brake and then the clutch, bringing the car to a stop as quickly as possible.
  2. Secure the car with the hand brake and take out of gear.
  3. When instructed to do so, prepare the car to move. Remembering there are TWO blind spots!
  4. Move off under control.