Building A Private Test Track To Pass The Thai Practical Driving Test

Back To The Real Thai Driving Test Track

The next day (Saturday) after failing the Thai driving test we went back to the test centre to measure up the test track. My intention (which I have done) was to build a full-sized replica test track in our garden.

But first we had to go back to the real Thai Driving License Test Center to measure it up.

Being Saturday the normal entrance gates were closed. So we had to find another way in.

Photo of Way In Test Track Thai Driving Test Centre

Way In Test Track Thai Driving Test Centre

Photo Of Alan At The Thai Driving License est Centre

Alan At The Thai Driving License est Centre

Next I took photos of the dreaded Stop Lines.

Photo of Actual Thai Driving Test Stop Lines 3

Actual Thai Driving Test Stop Lines 3

Image of Actual Thai Driving Test Stop Lines 2

Actual Thai Driving Test Stop Lines 2

Image of Actual Thai Driving Test Stop Lines 1

Actual Thai Driving Test Stop Lines 1

Then photos of the reversing lane and the reversing box.

Photo of Thai Driving Test Reversing Box

Thai Driving Test Reversing Box

Image of Thai Driving Test Reversing Lane

Thai Driving Test Reversing Lane

Image of Thai Driving Test Reversing Box

Thai Driving Test Reversing Box

Plans And Dimensions Of A Real Thai Car Driving License Test Track

Below are actual scanned copies of my notebook showing the measured shape and dimensions of the actual Thai Driving License Test track for cars at the test center in Pakchong (Pak Chong), Thailand.

These sketches will be invaluable to you if you ever need to build your own version of the Thai Driving License driving course.

The first sketch is the long reversing lane and the parallel parking box.

Image of Test Track Plans Dimensions - Reversing and Parking

Test Track Plans Dimensions – Reversing and Parking

The second sketch shows the Stop marks.

Image of Thai Driving License Test Track Plans and Dimensions - Stopping

Thai Driving License Test Track Plans and Dimensions – Stopping

Components For The Private Thai Driving License Test Track

On the way home we had to buy all the components and materials to build my own Thai driving license test center.

Photo of Test Track Thai Driving Test Poles

Test Track Thai Driving Test Poles, Paint

Poles to go into plant pots and cement mixed with stones from the drive to make concrete to hold the poles on the pots.

Photo of Cement For Poles For Thai Driving License Test Track

Cement For Poles For Thai Driving License Test Track

 

Photo Finished Poles For Thai Driving License Test Track

Finished Poles For Thai Driving License Test Track

Experience On The Thai Driving License Test Track

And  now for some photos of the finished private Thai driving license test track.

Photo of Thai Driving License Test Track

Thai Driving License Test Track

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Image of Test Track -Thai Driving Test Stop Lines

Test Track -Thai Driving Test Stop Lines

Test 1 Reversing Into The Box

As I said earlier I learned that this manouver is so tight and so difficult that you have to find every inch of space available.

You have to put the car hard on the left side (nearside) so that the wheels are a gnat’s whisker away from the base of the posts.

Then you have to start turning about half a car’s length from the box carefully watching the front wheels as the car’s bonnet pushes out towards the posts.

By the way in our car the Toyota Vigo Pickup, there is no chance to turn in the seat and look through the rear window as you would in a normal car. No, everything has to be observed through the wing mirrors plus leaning ot of the window to see the front wheels.

And once you’re in the box the challenge is not over. You have to get out again!

And that’s almost as difficult because you have to trace the car’s path into the box in order to get out again without clipping a post base.

Test 2. Stopping on the Lines

My technique on my test track is to drive until you can no longer see the yellow line then drive further until where you thing it is is in line with the wing mirror.

I have only succeeded once and my re-test is in two days time.

 

 


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4 Responses to “My Private Thai Driving License Test Track”

  • mel:

    malc thinks that the sun is doing you good. thought your picture you had a full head of haair.
    if you can drive as well as you explain the test you should have passed all ready. it sounds a bit difficult, so why are there so many bad drivers out there.

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    admin Reply:

    Hi Mel,

    The sun is doing me in!

    A week or so ago we had some rain and it went cool. Yesterday it was 35 deg C and no breeze.

    Far too hot and gagging for some EPA.

    My hair is longer but I haven’t grown a pony tail yet. Main target today is to get a haircut and some milk for tea.

    I’ll be updating the website with my second Thai driving test failure – it was very close and I passed one of three tests.

    As to why there are so many bad drivers (and so many accidents) in Thailand when the Thai driving test is so difficult is simple. The practical Thai driving test has nothing to do with driving on the roads. It’s just about reversing and controlling the car at First or reverse gear speeds.

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  • Tony Tran:

    Hi Alan,
    Your number is in centimeter right ?
     
    Thanks

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    admin Reply:

    Hi Tony,

    If you are referring to the dimensions of the track in my notebook they are in millimeters. For example the length of the reversing box is 7,400 mm. That is 7.4 m.

    Best Regards

    Alan Brown

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