Monthly Archives: February 2015

How to deal with Roundabouts in Dubai, Roundabout’s Rules

Roundabouts in Dubai are meant for controlling heavy traffic in a square and intersections. These roundabouts are helpful in terms of smooth flow of traffic but also sometime difficult for the drivers to approach correctly.  If a person is at driving test, it means he does not have that much practice in dealing with roundabouts so the chances of making mistakes are high. No matter if you are driving with learning permit to obtain driving license or you already have it, you must know the basic rules of roundabout to make your drive smooth and safe. The theory of roundabout is not that much difficult. It revolves around the pre defined rules. Learn them and act on them.

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In general, roundabouts are two or three tracked but you can find more track as well. I feel it important to give some information about “How to drive at Roundabout” as I did not find detailed and easy information on this topic on internet. Whether you are driving in Dubai, Abu Dhabi , Sharjah or any other emirate of U.A.E, the rules of roundabout are  same.

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Now I will come to the topic, it is advised that always reduce your speed while approaching to roundabout. The safe speed limit is between 20 to 40 km/Hr depending on the load and rush of traffic. In such speed you can have a good control over your car andcan overcome any situation.

Give Way Rules:

If you are entering roundabout, then you must stop at white line and observe the traffic inside. You must give way to the vehicles in the round about. The vehicle from your left side has the priority so give way to them and only enter when you consider it safe. Don’t rush to enter, wait until you find enough gap and time. Always enter in to the appropriate lane.

Right Side Turn:

If you are turning right from the roundabout you will use the outermost lane. Always try to keep the right lane when you see the roundabout sign board. Give indicator towards right, stop at line, observe the traffic then enter in the outermost lane and exit in right lane. It is important; if you are taking immediate right then you must complete it by exiting in the right most track.

Going Straight:

If you want to go straight from roundabout then, if the roundabout is of two track then you will use the outermost track for this purpose and if the roundabout is of more than two tracks, then you can use the outer most track and the 2nd track or middle track.

Always try to enter from the right or middle track to the outermost or middle track of roundabout for going straight. Don’t give indicator while entering the roundabout. This is a rule which tell the people that you will go straight and not taking immediate right. When you cross the first exit then give indicator towards right and exit in the appropriate track.

Taking Left from Roundabout:

If you want to take left from roundabout then you can take it by entering into the inner most track of the roundabout. Before approaching to roundabout keep the leftlane and when reach near roundabout give indicator towards left. This will let people know that either you are taking u-turn or left. Entering procedure is the same, enter when you get enough gap and time to adjust into. When you cross the last exit before your desired one then give indicator towards right. Before exiting always check blind spots and exit in the left lane of the road.

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Taking U-Turn:

If you want to take u-turn from roundabout then the process is almost same as it was in taking left. Use the inner most track of roundabout with proper indicator towards left and blind spot check and then exiting in the appropriate track. At exit time you must change your indicator from left to right to let others know that now you want to exit.

Signaling at roundabout:

Always take care of proper signals at roundabout. Proper indication will let other know about your desired activity. The signaling rule is

  1. If you are taking immediate right, then when entering roundabout always give right side indicator.
  2. If you are going straight, do not give any indicator at entrance when cross the first exit then indicate towards right.
  3. If you are taking left or u-turn then before entering to roundabout give left indicator and at before exit change it to right .

Blind spot checks:

Blind spot checking is really important in roundabout. At your exit time always check blind spots. Always maintain safe distance in your lane and from the vehicles in other lane as well. It will help you at exit time. Don’t go parallel with big trucks or containers in roundabout. As they are long enough in length and may touch other lanes and can cause problem for you.

This all was brief introduction towards roundabout rules in U.A.E. It is highly recommended to take practice these rule and drive with care at roundabouts and high ways.

Importance of Driving License in UAE

Driving license in UAE is very important in many reasons. If you are living in Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Sharjah and don’t have driving license yet, then definitely you are missing too much glories of U.A.E.  It is really painful to travel in buses and taxis here. Buses are too hard to travel in and taxis are too expensive. If you are working on a good designation then you must have a valid driving license.  I will try to highlight its importance in different parts of life.

Professional Life:

Driving license help us to perform better in our professional life. It reduces too much of time wastage to reach our clients or to attend our meetings on time. Time is money and we all know wasting time means wasting opportunities. All the companies when hiring, prefer the people with driving license. Some companies make it compulsory for their job that a person must have a valid UAE driving license. There are big investors in the country and they do not hesitate to give cars to their employees as a transport facility rather than giving them the pick and drop.

In Job Search:

Driving license plays important role in job search in UAE. You can easily target jobs in different emirates and can reach them for interview or further assessment tests. As discussed above that they usually prefer professionals with driving license so you already got an advantage on others, competing for the same job position.

Personal life:

If you are living with your family and lack the facility of driving then you cannot enjoy life here. At weekends you must go out with your family and spend sometime outside to refresh yourself and your family. You can’t travel in buses with your wife and children as it will be like a head ache to manage. Traveling in taxis is out of reach in terms of expense. You may use taxi traveling inside Dubai or inside the same emirates in which you are living but if plan to spend your weekend out side your emirate or plan to go to Fujairah or Abu Dhabi from Dubai or Sharjah then taxi will charge you too much.

Easiness:

It gives you easiness in your life if you have a car and authorize to drive it. In short i will say if you have this facility the whole UAE is in your access. You can travel to all the seven emirates of the UAE easily in just 24 hours span. You can enjoy with your friends , family and can go out on a long drive or camping on weekend.

As compared to other countries, the fuel is not that much expensive in UAE and person can afford it easily. The car prices are not that much high. Even under 6000 A.E.D you can have a good car here, although the model will be old but will be good enough to full fill your requirements. But you need a driving license to drive this car. No matter how much experienced driver you are, but the license is the official requirement to drive in this country. I have seen some manual transmission cars being sold for 2000 AED which is almost half of the expense made on obtaining the driving license in UAE (If you get it on first attempt).

Therefore if you did not apply for your driving license yet then don’t wait and take it now,to enjoy your personal and business life up to fullest in the UAE.

 

Parking Tips To pass driving test in United Arab Emirates

Parking is an important subject in driving world.  If you are already a driver or you are the one who applied for driving license in Dubai or UAE or anywhere in the world and facing problems in understanding parking theory or unable to perform it practically then you are at right place. Here I will explain the theoparking tips imagery of parking and will also give some useful tips of performing it on actual grounds.  As I am familiar with Dubai and lived here for almost 10 years, I know how much it is difficult for a new driver or a learner to Park the vehicle correctly without breaking any RTA rule and off course without hitting any other vehicle. I know, at the driving schools in Dubai or Abu Dhabi or any other emirate , they are paying good attention to provide proper training and education on “how to park the car” but you will also admit that , people are sometime not paying that much attention to learn it. When it comes the time of their Parking test then they become worried and start searching tips on parking the  vehicle  or “Tips to Pass Parking Test in Dubai” on internet.Dubai driving test Parking

There are three types of parking in terms of passing the driving test.

  • Angle Parking
  • Parallel Parking
  • 90 Degree reverse Parking

 

Angle Parking:

It is the easiest of all the parking. In most of public places you will find angle parking in which you have to park the car in 45 degree angle.  In UAE, car park space is separated by two lines and you are bound to park inside these two lines to avoid any fine or penalty. This space is large enough that a big station jeep can be placed easily.

What the driving examiner will be looking for if I am asked for an angle parking? This is now an important question and you must know these points and keep focus on these to pass your driving angle parking test.

  • He will look if you parked your car in the centre of the allotted space.
  • Did you maintained enough and safe distance from the vehicles present at left and right side of your car.
  • He will also check that your car is in forty five degree as compare to the road or divider or curb or kerb.
  • You must complete the process without taking any reverse in it which means you must park your car in a single straight attempt.

Parallel Parking:

Parallel parking is normally performed parallel to the road in reverse method. You will be allotted a space to park in between two cars or vehicles. This is the difficult type of parking and requires control skills and accurate techniques. If you don’t know the theory of parallel parking you cannot perform it correctly. This parking is performed in two steps. First reverse and then after fitting the allotted space a forward gear to position your car in the centre of the allotted space. If you are at your Parking test in Dubai or UAE, then it is mandatory to perform parallel parking test. If you want the exact techniques of parallel parking to perform it correctly and pass your parking test easily then this tutorial will be helpful to you.

90 Degree Reverse Parking:

This is relatively more difficult parking and mandatory to perform correctly in terms of to pass your driving parking test. You have to park your car in the allotted space between two cars in reverse in 90 degree to the road. It is three step parking process and requires much attention and focus to do it correctly. The examiner will check your complete process of attempting to park in 90 degree and after parking your car, he will check the

  • Distance from side vehicles
  • Position of the car as if it is exactly at 90 degree to road
  • Distance of your car from the boundary and from the road

 

Some Important Information on topic:

As far as the driving license tests are concerned whether it is final road test of initial parking test, only parking the car in allotted space will not justify. The examiners are checking with their checklist and noting each and every minor mistake which your perform during this process. Therefore it necessary that you perform it correctly and in the same way for in which they expect from you. During your throughout driving license classes they teach you each and every step of the process and the same they want you to perform practically on your each and every test of the driving license journey.

In general life you can easily park your car by two or three reverse attempts and adjustments, but in the test the case is different. You must accomplish the task in the specified steps. In short I will say “They don’t only check the final result but they check the carrying out process which leads the final result”.

They monitor your approach towards each step, they observe you silently that whether you are checking the mirrors, proper indications, staring movement, blind spot checks etc. So you must be ready for all the above mentioned points.

Importance of Parking Theory:

No matter how good driver you are, if you don’t know the theory of parking you can’t pass the parking test. The examiners have reasons to fail you if you ignore any step in the process.  The theory of parking is the result of continuous research and by following the theory you can perform ten times better.

As far as the driving test is concerned, this one reason will make you understand and satisfy that “The theory is important as examiners want you to perform according to the theory”.

Recommended tutorial:

If you know all the theory and can perform better at test then no need to go for any tutorial but if you are among the people who are searching for any “good parking tutorial” to pass driving test or parking test then I will recommend a tutorial which will cover all the aspects of parking and will teach you in easy way. This tutorial has everything, required for passing the final or parking test  or to just improve your skills. It will also give help in your daily life.

This is an audio video tutorial along with images and theory, If you want to download it to your pc or mobile then click here to go to its download page.

The Tutorial is in final touches and will be uploaded soon.

 

 

 

My Dubai Driving Test Story, Passed or Failed Read Here

Today I am sharing my driving test story with you. I don’t know that it will help you or no, but it may produce some confidence and awareness in you about the driving road test.  I would love to mention that I took my classes from Galadari Driving School and my test was scheduled in their premises and nearby roads.  Remember that, I am telling you my story which happened two years back and the situation may be little different now. I remember my test was on Thursday , the last working day of week and we all know that lot of traffic is expected on Thursday on the roads of Dubai.

I booked my test almost 6 days before, and right from the day I booked my test, I was nervous and with every passing day my nervousness went on increasing note.

On the Test day:

Finally the day came and on that day I reached at eleven o. clocks to my driving school which was almost one hour before my scheduled time. I went up upstairs and enroll myself.  They told me to sit and wait here you will be called after sometime.

That time was really tough for me and lot of things were going in my mind that, If I failed what will happen and if I do this and that. Sometime at that moment, I also used to imagine that I have passed the test and was celebrating that joy in my imaginations. Why was all this happening?  Because we all know it is not easy to pass driving test at Dubai or any other Emirates. They are too strict in their judgments and rightly justified.

My Pre Test Condition:

The time went on passing really slow and as with every minute passed my fear and depression was rising as well. Then suddenly my name was called, along with two other people and we were taken down and were told to wait for 5 minutes there, soon the examiner will come and you three will be tested.  After exact five minutes a person in white Kandoora (Arabic Dress) came holding a paper and an I pad in his hand and he called our names. Luckily my turn was not the first one, the first one was an old respected man who would be definitely in his late fifties or may be early sixties with white beard.

My number was third, the second person was a young guy, may be from India, will be hardly of 26 or 27 years. I was thirty at that time.  I will not discuss the details of how the two other performed in the test may be I will write a separate post for them  so reserving this place for them, If I write I will link back to their post from Here

Start of My Driving Test:

When my turn came, the examiner directed me to come to driving seat and I came out from the rear seat and sat at driving seat. I don’t know how and why  something changed inside me, As  I was too much confused before being called off for the test in the driving school but when called and came down from the waiting room to the car, my all worries and tensions went out and I felt huge confidence inside. Same happened when I sat on driving seat, I adjusted my seat, staring, mirrors and fasted the seat belt and also told other colleagues in the rear seat to fasten their seat belt.

Entering the Road: (A minor mistake)

The examiner told me to start, I had to entered to the road, the traffic from behind was too much and it was not easy to enter as I was not that much experienced to situation. But I remembered one tip, from my friend, He told me that, when you start, wait for traffic, don’t rush if you make any mistake at the start or entered the road in dangerous way, it would be a definite fail. So better wait for traffic until you find a proper time to enter the road or the examiner will fed up and will tell you to enter, you are taking too much time.

The same happened with me, after waiting for almost a minute or little less, the examiner told me to just enter the road, because the traffic will not stop and you have to find a way in the traffic. Then I jumped into the road with care and luckily my landing was safe and efficient. I was going straight in my lane, keeping in mind that I must go in between my lane with a proper speed.

Roundabout:

Now I had to face roundabout ahead, My examiner told to take left from round about, I checked mirrors gave indicator changed lane to the left most as I knew if I want to take left from roundabout then I must be in the left most lane.  When I reached to roundabout, I stopped and after waiting for five to eight seconds I got an opportunity to enter roundabout and luckily I did everything correctly and left the roundabout by taking left in the proper lane. When I took left, A huge boost in my confidence came and I realized that yes, I can, and I will.

Junction Merging into Heavy Traffic Road:

After that I drove straight  till the junction, the road was merging to a main road which was full of traffic , The Examiner did not tell me anything and I kept going and reached to junction and took right as it was the only possible way that I could proceed. When I took right, there was a signal after almost hundred or one fifty meters and the examiner told me that you will take left from that signal. I had to change four lanes in way to reach to appropriate position to take left from the signal. But my confidence level was high and I didn’t know why and how it was, but I followed  each and every step of changing lane and changed all the lanes and reached to my desired track  in an efficient way.

My Performance at Traffic Signal:

I stopped at signal, it was red, and two cars were ahead of me. I was in the second last lane and the road on which I have to take left was three tracked road so I decided that I will take turn in the third lane instead of second, as my driving instructor told me and practiced me once that always take left from second into third lane as it is acceptable and safe and it is best suited for new drivers. The signal turned green, both cars in front of me took left from second lane to second but I went on a bit straight then my examiner told me slowly that you will take left, I did not say anything and went on confidently as my indicator was signaling left so he should not to be worried about that. I took left in the third lane and he also realized that I was doing it on purpose.

Another Mistake I Made:

After taking left, I felt some more confidence and then suddenly the examiner told me to change the lane towards left, I checked mirrors, did a blind spot check but forgot to give indicator when I was just touching the lane It came in my mind that I have missed the indicator I gave it right away and did not panic and carried out with the lane change. But I knew that I was late in giving the indicator. Then Again the examiner told me that you will take right from the next signal. This time I did not miss indicator and changed the lane from left to right and also left the road as there was a free right so I did not waited for the signal and took free right, keeping all respect for the pedestrians marks on the free right. I completed my right, although it was difficult as the signal was green and traffic was going on the road but I did it perfectly. Then from that point, I knew that so far I did everything accordingly and I have a chance to be declared passed if I did not make any serious mistake ahead. I kept on going in my lane as now I was near to the driving school and only from the this track I could leave the main road and could enter into the side road which would go to my school side.

End of the Test:

The Examiner told me to take right and I did it, after right he told me to take right again but he was a bit late in saying it  and taking right was not possible that time, and even I did not try to take it , I went on going straight and he also said at the meantime that “go straight go”, I took right from the next available right then left then again right on the directions of the examiner and reached at the gate of my driving school , I asked the examiner first time that should I go inside he said yes and went inside the school the pointed me one position to reach there and park after that car, It was easy ,I did it and applied hand brake , removed my seat belt and here I asked him again that whether  to switched off the car or keep the engine on. He told me to keep the engine on and I did accordingly and came out from my car. The two other persons sitting in rear seat also came out. The examiner told us to come inside the waiting room.

Waiting for Result:

We went there and he told us to wait. He went outside then came back after five minutes and started working on his I pad. He printed one paper then again took three four minutes and printed another and so on. Then he called the first person and gave him his paper. Then he called the second person and gave him his paper. They both were aware of the expected result; therefore there was not any surprise for them.

These ten to fifteen minutes were really tough for me, I knew that I was good in the test and may be declared as passed but then it came in my mind that, there is lot of stories of people that they performed very well but declared failed.  Suddenly he called my name, I went towards his table. He looked at me and gave me my paper without saying anything. I took the paper and starting looking at it, but did not understand that I passed or failed as it was in Arabic. I stayed silent there looking for paper for twenty to thirty seconds and then asked him an innocent question.

Excuse me sir, did I pass or fail? I do not understand it.

He looked at me and said “failed” and suddenly my face color changed and all my excitement went down in disappointment and the examiner was enjoying my situation. I managed myself and told him Ok, Sir, Thank you.

And when I was about taking turn and leaving him, He smiled and said,  you have passed. Everything again changed inside me, my feelings and excitement went on extreme, My blood pressure raised up and my face color changed suddenly from pale yellow to reddish.  He asked for the paper and showed me a point where there was written a word in Arabic. He encircled it and said it means Passed.

He really enjoyed my situation and so did I; I thanked him three to four times and smilingly came out from his office with real excitement and the joy. I was so much happy at that time, which I am unable to express in my words. I took my driving license in U.A.E and I took it on my first attempt.

 

Common Mistakes People Make at Driving Test in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and U.A.E

In Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah or any other emirate of U.A.E failing a driving license test is the most common problem faced by hundreds of people on daily basis. There are some common mistakes which are responsible for their failure in the driving test. The Biggest problem is that Ninety percent of the people don’t know their mistakes and they go for the test and fail it again. Why I need to write on the topic of “Common Mistakes at driving Test”?  A simple answer is to educate the people to understand it better which will definitely help them in getting success at their next attempt.  Once a person fails the test, he has given a form, which contained the mistakes he made at the test. I will also blame the driving instructors, as sometime they do not go according to the paper to make the person able to overcome his mistakes. The instructors normally go for their driving practice classes and do not pay proper attention to the specified weakness of the person. If you are among the one who has already failed his test then it should be your duty to tell your instructor to work on you for the mistakes you made at your previous road test.common driving mistakes

Common Mistakes People Doing In Their Final Road Test

Now I will come to the exact topic of the common mistakes people do in Dubai or U.A.E for failing their road test.  There is lot of factors involved. A person can leave a fail impact on the examiner straight away at the start of his test if he does not start with confidence and missed any of the pre requisite of starting a test. The most common mistakes are categorized as follows.

Pre Driving Mistakes

 This is the category where a candidate leaves a failing impression on the examiner right at start if not taken care. Although majority of pre driving mistakes come in category of miner but the impression counts. We all know that giving a negative impression at start will take lot of time to become positive in the other person mind. Forgetting to fasten seat belt, hand brake and changing gear to start etc comes in this category.

Signaling

Signaling is most important factor in driving test and is observed watch fully by the examiner.  In Dubai driving test, I have seen that some people totally forget to give signal while entering road or taking off the car from parking or even when changing lane. Doing it once or twice is considered a minor mistake but if you do it continuously,  you can fail your test due to this only reason as well. Not signaling at all, not signaling at proper time, Sometime not signaling are the types of mistakes which the examiner will mark. This is the most common mistake and almost every newdriver commits it in different manners on his / her road test

Reversing

Reversing is somehow a difficult part of test and even of driving. You must be too much cautious while reversing.  The examiners are strict on determining the reversing ability of driver as they know its significance. In reversing the common mistakes are, not looking all around, not checking mirrors, wrong signaling, Lack of control, wrong judgment and not following the basic theory of reversing

Blind Spot Checks:

In Dubai if you missed a blind spot check you failed the test, Blindspot checking is Blind Spot checksimportant as we can’t see some of the vehicles which are really near to our car or vehicle.There is certain range of our vehicle mirrors. Blind spot check is also called shoulder check in a direct term. Lot of people fail their test just due to not checking the blind spots while changing lane, entering road, leaving road or exiting from roundabout etc. Missing a blind spot check comes in major category of mistake or a critical mistake and is considered immediate fail mistake.

Not Following road marking

Not following road marking is another category of common mistakes. Road marking are to ensure road safety and are monitored strictly at your exam. Not following road marking come in immediate fail category of mistakes and must be taken seriously. Majority of people do not stop at stop line on road or stop very close or far away from line. People do not understand the dotted line on road and do not slow down on it. Some time people cross the yellow line.

Not Checking Mirrors

Not checking mirrors is the most common and top mistake which is repeated by huge number of people at their test time.  For the road safety, checking mirrors at every move or whenever you perform any action on road is very important. Not checking mirrors once or twice is a minor mistake but not checking at all can be the cause of your driving test failure. Not checking mirrors at all, forget to check mirror while changing lane, changing speed, before applying brake, entering road, leaving road are the common sub divisions of this category. Even if you are driving straight, you must check the side mirrors and back mirrors on regular interval if you missed so you will be marked with minor mistakes may be one, two or three depends on the examiner.

 

Lack of Control

If you are marked with lack of control it means you failed the test. Total lack of driving control or lack of control at roundabouts, reversing, while taking turn are the common points in this category. You are marked fail as they consider your control on the car is not that much and proceeding with your test can cause any dangerous situation.

Wrong Positioning

Positioning of your vehicle on road is important, not following proper position in your lane, driving too much towards left in the lane, or too much towards right are the sub divisions. Position at roundabout is also important, exiting in wrong lane from roundabout also counted in positioning category.

Mistakes at Junctions:

People make lot of mistakes at junctions. Improper position at junction, approach too fast, approach too slow are the common mistakes found in this category.

The above information provided was about the mistakes people do at time of their driving test in U.A.E. Hope you found it useful. Keep checking this website for any query and information related driving license in Gulf or U.A.E.

I always wish good luck to all of you in your driving license journey.  If you want to read about the tips to pass your driving license test on first attempt then Read my other post of Tips to Pass Driving License Test in Dubai.

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