Module 2 advice
What is the module 2 test?
The module 2 test is a pursuit test that is taken on a variety of road types and traffic conditions. It lasts around 45 to 50 minutes with the examiner following on another bike. On some occasions they may follow you in a car if the bike is not available. In either case the examiner will be a very experienced bike rider and fully qualified to conduct bike tests.
What is the examiner looking for?
Let’s get one old wives tale out of the way to start with. The examiners DO NOT have a certain number of tests they have to fail. They are there to assess your ride and are looking for a good safe ride.
You can make up to 10 minor faults. A minor fault is one when you make a mistake but it wouldn’t have been potentially dangerous to you or another road user.
Any faults that could have led to a dangerous situation where another road user would have to take avoiding action, or you could have lost control would be classed as a serious fault and would be a fail.
If you make a manoeuvre where the examiner thinks it dangerous, then it is likely that the test will be stopped at that point and you would have failed the test.
How does the test take place?
When you arrive the examiner will check you documents, you will need both parts of your driving licence (if you only have an old type paper licence you will need a current UK passport with you), your CBT, theory and module 1 certificates. If you forget any of these the test will not take place. You will sign the assessment sheet to confirm you residency and to say the bike is insured for the test.
Then you will be given a radio very similar to the one you have been using during your training. Then it’s out to the bikes for the start of the test.
Before you get riding you will be asked a couple of bike check questions. One will be “tell me” where you just explain how you would check something such as chain. The other is “show me” where you physically do it, such as switching on the indicators to see they work.
You will also be asked a question relating to balanced or weight distribution and carrying a pillion passenger.
You can see a list of all the official Show Me Tell Me questions here.
Out on the road?
You will be given a briefing of what to do during the ride. Basically you continue to straight on at all junctions unless road signs and markings indicate otherwise, or the examiner tells you to turn. If you get separated on the ride, say you get out of a junction but they can’t, you will be asked to pull up at the side of the road. DON’T turn into a side road or car park. It’s the same briefing as you have had every day on your training.
Once out on the road you should find that you nerves start to go as you settle into the ride. Treat it as just another training ride; think that you are training the examiner by showing him or her how to take a junction, bend or roundabout. DON’T start thinking “what do they want me to do in this situation?” by the time you have done that it’s too late, go with your training and instinct, make a decision and stick with it.
You will be asked to pull in at the side of the road a few times, you haven’t done anything wrong, it’s to see you can stop and set off again safely, making all the checks for traffic before moving off.
A recent change to the test is the free ride. You will be asked to follow road signs and markings to a particular placed, just as you would if riding alone in an unfamiliar town and watching for the road to take.
One bit of advice about the free ride, if you are in the wrong lane and you would have to make a quick lane change then follow the road you are on, just as you would on a ride out, you wouldn’t pull across traffic in normal riding so don’t do it on your test. You won’t fail for doing this the examiner will just find another route. If you do pull across a lane you will fail.
Now for the second old wives tale, SPEED, have you been told by other riders that if it’s a 60mph limit you have to do 60mph? Well if you have forget it.
What you need to do is ride at a speed that is safe for the road and traffic conditions at the time. Let’s say you are on an open country road with national speed limit, how fast would you go? It depends what sort of view you have, ask yourself “can I stop in the distance you can see to be clear? Taking into account what you can see, what you can’t see as well as what could happen.
When the view closes down you slow down, when it open up you speed up, it’s that simple. They want to see you can read the road and drive at a speed that’s safe and progressive, not fast and dangerous.
If an overtake presents itself, don’t sit behind the vehicle if you and get passed safely and without going over the speed limit. If you can’t get passed take up the following position, towards the offside light cluster and a 2 second gap between you. This tells the examiner you are looking for, and would pass if it was clear and safe.
Before you know it, it will be over. Back in the test centre the examiner will give tell you if you have passed or not reached the required standard (they never say you have failed, apparently it makes you feel bad); they will go over the ride with you pointing out any minor faults.
You now have the option of leaving your licence with the examiner and you will get your new licence with bike entitlement on it through the post in about 3 weeks. If you need your licence say going on holiday you will be given the pass certificate and application form to apply for it yourself.
So that’s it, nothing much to it is there! Ride the way we have done on training rides and you won’t have any problems.