Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Passed the Driving Test




I had my road test today at Abu Dhabi. I went to the Muroor (traffic dept) early this morning and after paying 50 dhs for renewing my learner's license (green card) and another 40 dhs for the test car, I found myself a seat on a crammed minivan, tightly packed with male test-takers.

Female test-takers do not get packed in a van, they get their names called for the test and they drive in and around the Muroor compound.

A uniformed officer took a roll call inside the van and off we were. The first test-taker from our batch was called outside the van, and he was asked to drive the test car. There were two police officers (examiners) inside the test car - one in the front passenger seat and the other in the back.

The van carrying us followed the test car, and from time to time the test car would stop and a new test-taker would be picked from the van. Each of us in the van would have a turn to drive the test car. Each 'test' lasted about 2-3 minutes and results were given in hand immediately. On finishing the test, the test-taker can hop back in the van.

My turn at the wheel was somewhere near Carrefour on Airport Road. I was asked to take a U-turn at a traffic light and then drive straight across a roundabout and then the officer asked me to stop the car, and my test appointment was returned to me with a remark stating that I passed the test.

I got back on the van, and they took me back to Muroor where I showed the appointment slip (with the 'passed' remark), one photograph, copy of passport, and 200 dhs. Within an hour, I received my UAE driving license. The license is valid for 10 years.

Most important things for the test:

  • Use mirrors well. Look at the rear view mirror even when not necessary.
  • Indicator lamps.
  • Entry and exit of roundabouts. Follow all rules, and indicator lamps again.
  • Making U-turns. Control of the car during and after U-turns.
  • Out of a batch of around 11 people who were on the van, only 3 or 4 failed the test. The examiners were reasonably polite and professional.



10 comments:

Anonymous said...

If you don't mind, could you tell me how much you spend until you get the driving license??? And is there any special class for me who is working in Dubai but visa is issued from Abu dhabi?

Shijaz said...

I would suggest that you go down to the Emirates Driving Company in Musaffah and ask them directly. Regarding how much spending is required, it depends on how well (or bad) you perform in the PEP test at Musaffah. Based on their evaluation of your driving, they put you into a particular 'area' and you pay the fees only for the 'areas' that you need to learn. See my post http://lighterside.shijaz.com/2008/05/learning-how-to-drive-edc-way.html

Anonymous said...

can you please give info/mobile number of your driving teacher? were you driving manual or automatic? i prefer manual driving and i cant find cars for learning with manual transmission.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Did you schedule your road test back in May? How many months is the wait usually to get the road test?

Satheesh said...

Thanks a lot. I have an Indian license, so I will give a test in muroor next week. The tips are really useful. Hope many people make use of these tips you gave!

Anonymous said...

Congractualion for putting valuable information in one go, i have hands on experience in driving the car in India, based on your experience could you please tell us shall i directly apply for PEP/ Road test or shall i join the teaching classes and go for the test?

Sudarshan

Anonymous said...

Congractualtion for putting valuable information in one go, i have hands on experience in driving the car in India, based on your experience could you please tell us shall i directly apply for PEP/ Road test or shall i join the teaching classes and go for the test?

Sudarshan

mohammed said...

thanks a lot even i had my test on 9th december inshallah ,ill remember everything as instructed on side & i think that the tips are really very interesting .....inshallah ill try my level best to make it in the first try .....and yes 1 more thing i would like to bring to every 1 notice that the staff/trainers at EDC they are damm good and coperative mannn....the way they explains the rules & point out small mistakes which may create HAVOC in real life i really loved the training session in EDC and delighted to get a training under such a talented staff......

jmbooc said...

Additional Info: After passing the reverse/parallel parking exam, after booking for the road test, they will usually give you an exam date after 30 days. It is not compulsory to go to this date, you can go directly to mooroo after 7 days and take the test if you are already confident with your driving skills. That's what i did and fortunately passed the exam the first try.. :)

Anonymous said...

Wow... I think there is no gap at all b/n parking test and road test. I finished my parking test on May 30th and ma road test date is 7th June. Hardly I am getting 6 days.