Today I Re-Take The Thai Driving License Practical Test To Get My Thai Driving License

Post Written on Thursday 29th August In Pak Chong, Thailand

I’m up at 0600 AM and at 0645 AM I am out practicing the parallel reversing test.

Already the sun is flaming and I’m hot exhausted and frustrated.

My pass rate has not increased since yesterday (2 out of 8 tries) that’s only 25% even though I re-measured the sticks and the lines and managed to find an extra 50 mm!

I was driving in my sleep last night and woke up with a couple of new tactics to try. They don’t work.

I adjusted one wing mirror down a fraction just to give me a better view of the wheel but then I couldn’t see long distance.

The test is at 1300. It’s 0735 now and I’ll go and do another batch of 5 tests.

0810 AM and It’s 5 / 5!

It really takes it out of you these reversing tests.

I’ll take break now and resume later.

0915 AM and It’s 5 / 5 Again!

My confidence is building as I wait for the re-test at 1300.

I have been marking down my test results on a piece of paper. Here is a scanned image of it:-

Image of First Private Test Track Test Sheet 130828

First Private Test Track Test Sheet 130828

1500 PM And It’s All Over – Failed Again – Kind Of

Back home after the re-test.

I failed on 2 out of three exercises. So I have to re-take the other 2 next Wednesday 4th September.

The three tests you have to complete to pass the Thai practical car Driving License test are:-

Test 1. Straight Reversing

Driving up a very narrow lane of poles and then reversing back down it again.

Here is the official photo of the manouver being undertaken properly. It is a poster on the Thai Driving License Instruction Board at the Thai Driving License Test Center at Pakchong (Pak Chong), Thailand.

Note the big red blob at the top left of the photo and the number “2″.

That means that this is officially known as Test 2 even though it’s the first one you do.

Photo of Photo Successful Thai Driving License Test 2 - Reversing

Photo Successful Thai Driving License Test 2 – Reversing

I passed this test this time. I failed last time simply because I had driven only to the end of the poles before starting to reverse. you have to drive to the end of the white lines which stretch beyond the poles before starting to return.

Why don’t they have poles all the way? My guess is that once they did but people keep braking them with their cars and they have run out of spares. There are heaps of broken poles everywhere.

Shame that on the first test nobody told me you had to go past the poles and even passed the end of the white lines before beginning your reverse.

Test 2. Parallel Parking

This is where you have to reverse into a box made from poles and drive out again without hitting any pole or pole base. The entry and exit is from the narrow reversing lane in Test 1.

Here is the official photo of the manouver being undertaken properly.

Note the big red blob at the top left of the photo and the number “3″.

That means that this is officially known as Test 3 even though it’s the second one you do.

Photo of Photo Successful Thai Driving License Test 3 - Reversing

Photo Successful Thai Driving License Test 3 – Reversing

I almost made this one this time. I was concentrating on getting the wheels straight having manouvered into the box and forgot to look behind me and clipped a pole.

My reversing was beautiful though having practiced the manouver so many times on my test track back home.

Just the excitement got to me and I was not slow and careful enough.

Test 2. Stopping on the Yellow and White Lines

You have to pull up at the kerbside travelling forward and stop with both nearside wheels on a white line parallel to the kerb and 100 mm away from it and with both your front wheels on a yellow stop line.

It’s not easy because A) the yellow line is about a metre under the car when you stop and B) the kerb is immediately after a 90 turn and is quite short so it’s difficult to get the rear wheel close to the kerb without hitting the kerb with your front wheels which is a fail.

Here is the official photo of the manouver being undertaken properly.

Note the big red blob at the top left of the photo and the number “1″.

That means that this is officially known as Test 1 even though it’s the last one you do.

Photo of Photo Successful Thai Driving License Test 1 - Stopping

Photo Successful Thai Driving License Test 1 – Stopping

I put the front wheels exactly on the yellow line and the white line but the rear wheel was a few cm off the white line. Fail!

 

 


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2 Responses to “Thai Driving License Practical Re-test Day (1)”

  • mel:

    have just shown howard driving test, and his comment is you cannot pass it as you have not had a drink. sober is not the way forward, or in that case backwards either
     
    mel

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  • Len:

    Really tough. I watched them in Roi Et. They drove forward about 50 feet then backed
    up to park along side a beam (curb). Seem like everyone passed. Keep in mind
    that many failed the reflex test (foot on gas – green light – light changes to red – foot
    on brake and they have about 10 seconds to do it) but no problem they just keep doing
    it until they get it right. About 50 people there when I took the test – been driving for almost 50 years – no problem – but I got a lot of applause from the group watching me. -Unbelievable – but you soon learn that Thai do not like to use their brakes they just
    flash their lights to warn you they are coming full steam ahead. – Interesting readings.
    Good luck on your next testing – you are right you need a license.

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