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Manoeuver Your Way Through The K53 Yard Test

Almost everyone who has attempted the driver’s test will tell you that the road test is not the hardest part of passing, the hardest section in is the K53 yard test.

Driving in traffic, manoeuver between taxi’s and maybe slipping in a hoot or two when somebody cuts you off is nothing compared to the anxiety you experience when you park your vehicle between others.You have never concentrated as hard as when you need to perfectly squeeze your vehicle into a parallel parking space which is barely big enough for your vehicle to fit.

The key to passing the first section is to firstly calm down by taking a few deep breaths, remembering that you have two attempts for each manoeuver and then concentrating on what you were taught.

Why would you want to concentrate on what you were taught and not on the nearing pole at the back of the car, well because if you concentrate on the pole for too long then you are sure to collide with another barricade where it would have been avoided if you remembered all your checks, used your mirrors and have spotted soon enough that the pole is not what you had to have been worried about.

What Is The Examiners Role

The examiner is your test instruction page and an observer during your test, he / she will be providing you with the information you need to complete each manoeuver and each section.

The examiner will instruct you to apply the parking brake and select neutral while they are giving you the relevant information for the next step.

Instructions for the next step are not the only information he will be giving you, he will also give you a breakdown of the regulations regarding the driver’s test.

Driver’s Test Information

  • The entire yard test must be completed within 20 minutes, this includes the inspection and the manoeuvers.
  • You are allowed to stop the vehicle at any point during a manoeuver.
  • Treat the test conditions as though you are on a public road, remember to complete the observation procedures and to indicate correctly.
  • A seatbelt is not permitted during the yard test, you do however need to wear it for the test on the public road.
  • Termination of the test during any stage has an immediate result that the test will have to be re-attempted at another time.
  • You will immediately fail and the test will be discontinued if you make contact with an obstacle or mount the kerb.
K53 Yard Test Conditions
  • You are not allowed to drive uncontrolled or dangerously.
  • While you are attempting the manoeuvers you are not required to use the push-and-pull method of steering.
  • Questions regarding any of the supplied information are encouraged.

The information provided by the examiner is to draw your attention to important situations which may result in you failing the test, the instructions are communicated to ensure that the examiner and you are on the same page when it comes to passing, failing, steering, safety and attempting manoeuvers.

If you believe there is still a grey area then address it with your examiner, there is no need for you to break you head over something small.

The Yard Test In A Nutshell

The K53 pre trip test is performed before you are allowed to attempt the road test on the public roads. If you fail the manoeuvers and inspection section you will not be allowed onto the second section of the test and it will be the end of the road for you.

This section of the driver’s test has been designed to test your proficiency in manoeuvring the vehicle in small compound spaces without colliding with other vehicles or obstacles, like an over parked shopping garage during Christmas time.


Competences Tested

  • Reversing
  • Parking
  • Moving off on an incline
  • Turning the car around on the road

These competencies are all essential to being an adequate driver, driving on the open road is easy you can anticipate a vehicle swerving or cutting you off but in a confined space you need to be able to judge space and you need to be able to estimate your proficiency in handling your vehicle.

K53 Yard Test Clutch Control

Clutch control when you pulls off on an incline is not only important to prevent from backing into another driver, it is also to ensure that you remain in control of the vehicle and do not inadvertently damage the vehicle.

Manoeuvers Tested

  • Parallel parking
  • Alley-docking
  • Three-point-turn

Although these are the only three manoeuvers which will be tested during the K53 yard test you will also be tested on your driving abilities.

It is essential to remember that you need to signal and complete the checks as though driving on the public road, as essentially you will be performing these actions on public roads if you receive your licence.

Manoeuver Your Way To Success

Take a moment to contact us regarding any information you need clarity on, we know the K53 yard test like the back of our hands and we are here to make it as easy for you as it is for us.

Please read our other articles if you're looking for more information on the learners test and how to pass your learners.

Sam Jones
Sam Jones
I'm passionate to help people pass their learners tests first time. We need to improve the safety on our roads and this is the foundation to do that. Go through our tests and ensure that you pass your learners first time!
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Sam Jones

Sam Jones
K53 Tests Founder

Born, bred, and proudly South African, Sam is a motor enthusiast turned driving instructor and is proudly the founder of K53Tests. His primary vision is to maintain a successful portal that gives South Africans easy access to everything required when preparing for a learner’s test.