So the big day was here! This morning I took my module 2 test but… I failed
I’ll basically talk through my experience here.
So this morning I got up nice and early and got to the training centre at about 7:30am. My test was booked for 8:30am, and we had a half hour journey ahead of us so we set off at roughly about 7:45am.
On the way one of the instructors was following me and he tipped me off for a few riding issues:
- being a bit hesitant on a turning to the right towards a side road, and nearly putting off an oncoming car. I edged too close to the other side of the road
- at a round-about I was asked to take the third exit, so I approached the round-about in the right hand lane and had my right indicator on. But when I got onto the round-about I changed lanes and entered the middle lane with my right indicator on
- Had some issues changing gears
Both 1 and 2 are serious/ major issues and if committed in the test will fail you
You can fail on 1 serious fault, 1 dangerous fault or a combination of driving faults of which you are allowed up to 10 (11 is a fail)
Anyways so we got to the test centre at about 8:15am where my instructor explained me my faults and gave me some test advise.
Soon it was 8:30am and it was time to take the test. My examiner who seemed to be a friendly guy asked me for all my paperwork. Once he was happy with my paperwork we walked outside the test center. As we got outside he asked me to read a number plate in distance to confirm my eyesight was in order. I read the number plate just fine.
Next we walked up to the bike I was going to use for my test, he checked the validity of the road tax disc. And went on to ask me a few safety show/tell me questions. I was asked:
- Tell me how you would check the condition of the chain on this machine?
- Show me what checks you would make on the steering movement before using the machine?
- Advice you would give a pillion passenger?
I answered all the questions above just fine. To check out all the possible combination of questions that can asked on the module 2 test day check out the bottom of my previous blog
Having completed all the formalities and easy bits of the test it was time to hit the road and impress the examiner. So I put my helmet on, then my gloves, took the bike off the stand, started the bike and made my way to the test centre exit.
I committed my first serious fault in the first minute of my test at the exit of the test centre. I know… the examiner knew all the 35 minutes we spent on the road together that he was gonna fail me!!!
Anyways here’s what happened. As I got out of the test centre, I was on a side road and asked to turn right by my examiner into a busy road. So I looked left, and I looked right.. traffic galore full of yummy mummy’s driving their kids to schools, with cars parked on both sides of the road.
I found an opportunist moment after about 3 minutes, and turned right onto the main road from the side road. Fail. As I turned into the main road I brushed too close (note: I didn’t touch it) to a parked car which had people in it including kids. Had anyone in the car opened a door on my side I’d have come off my bike and probably ended up in the other side of the road and got crushed to smithereens by a yummy mummy mobile!
Steering – This is caused by having poor machine control. Most steering faults are the result of turning into or out of junctions too wide. Depending on severity, this can be a serious fault or driving fault, but is also the sort of fault that will make an examiner look very hard at your ability to control a motorcycle. The more closely you are examined the more likely faults will be spotted
Completely oblivious to the fact that I’ve picked up a serious fault I kept riding on.. After about 3 minutes when I was riding up a fairly steep hill I noticed that my left wing mirror came loose! Why on a test day? Why? So I decided to pull up on the left. My examiner came up to me and asked me if everything was ok to which I pointed out that my left wing mirror had come loose. He very kindly fixed it for me, it was just a case of tightening a bolt. I apologised for the inconvenience and we took off again.
So while we were on the road I was asked to turn left, right, pull up at a safe point, and then pull out when its safe, go through round abouts, etc, etc. I felt it was all going very smoothly. A couple of occasions I wasn’t too sure about the speed limit and took an educated guess but it was all good.
During the test I rode through built up areas, single and dual carriageways. On the dual carriageway I even overtook a van and a lorry, I thought instead of following a slow lorry if I overtook it at a safe distance within the speed limit it’ll show I’m a confident rider.
Lastly we came to the independent riding part of the test, I was asked to follow the road ahead and turn left at the next round about, and then follow the signs to Ring road. I kept riding looking for the signs for Ring Road, but all the signs pointed in the opposite direction, so I decided to just keep going and hope I’ll come across a Ring road sign even if it took me a day
The examiner of course didn’t have a day to spare, so he gave me a few directions and finally asked me to follow the signs to the Ring road, Motorway. I finally got onto the Ring road and at the end of the Ring road I was asked to take the last exit on the Ring road so I came back on the Ring Road going in the opposite direction. I noticed there was a green polo in front of me and saw its brake lights come on a few times. Fail. As I’m allowed to ride at up to 70mph on the Ring road, I found myself “too close” to the Green polo which was doing about 40-60mph with no traffic ahead! What was the person inside the green polo thinking? God knows…
Following Distance - “only a fool breaks the 2 second rule, and when it pours make it 4”. If you are thinking about over-taking the vehicle in front then this is often the time that you will get too close to them. Normally this is a serious fault.
So after some more time on the road I found myself closer and closer to the test centre and finally I got inside. I was nervous about the results yet optimistic at the same time, as I thought that the test went well.
All through the test, I kept doing adequate mirror and life saver checks, indicated in good time, and canceled the indicators. A few occasions I could have chosen a better gear and I even stalled once, but at all times I corrected the issues quickly.
The examiner asked me to follow him inside the test centre where he gave me the sad news. I had failed
To sum up the examiner failed me with 2 serious faults:
- Following distance
and 8 minor faults:
- Move away – safely
- Move away – control
- Control – gears
- Clearance/ obstructions (2 minors)
- Response to signs/ signals – Traffic lights
- Use of speed
- Following distance
So there we are, that’s my summary of my failed module 2 test. I will give this test another go, and will follow it with a blog similar to this, but hopefully with a pass next time. Fingers crossed anyways!