I am a WA Senior Citizen who has driven overseas with a full licence for 20 years (since 1971) and subsequently in Western Australia with a full WA licence for the past 24 years (since 1991) without any questions about my driving ability. My total driving experience therefore amounts to 44 years of driving both overseas and here in Western Australia.
An unfortunate set of circumstances required me to undertake a driving test again. I was extremely confident that I could not fail the driving test but thankfully I did engage Road Rules Driving School to give me some pointers on what exactly a driving test today involves and what the assessors are looking for. I found that in the test there is little regard for experience and you are expected to drive like a “first time” driver and therefore to avoid the embarrassment of failing the test I highly recommend some driving lessons from instructors such as Kerren of Road Rules Driving School. I did it despite the initial embarrassment of taking lessons and passed without any problems.
I can honestly say that despite my thinking I was a “good” driver with a lifetime of experience I would have failed the test had I not had the pointers Kerren gave me.
I found Kerren to be an extremely courteous instructor who most tactfully gave me pointers in how to drive for the purpose of passing the test without causing offence and without any disrespect to my experience and I felt most comfortable with her.
I was also pleased that she went over and above the legal requirements when giving me pointers having due regard as to what may be acceptable (and NOT illegal) in everyday driving but possibly marked down in the test. This I say because it makes “experienced” drivers rethink what we all know is acceptable in day to day driving having regard to the feel of the road and the traffic environment that only comes with experience but will be “marked down” in the test. There is no scope for argument with the assessor.
With regard to professionalism, punctuality and expertise I as a very seasoned professional myself can genuinely say that Kerren ticked all the boxes.
I highly recommend her to any experienced driver who has to be re-assessed to be sure they will pass the test no matter how ridiculous one might think being asked to pass a test after all these years is.
Unfortunately that is the system, so one has no option but to play by the rules and in hindsight I think that getting Kerren to assist me in this regard was the best decision I made.
One very happy WA Senior Citizen