Mod 2 (Module 2) Top 5 Tips
The Mod 2 (Module 2) test is the second part of your motorcycle test, it is up to 40 minutes long and includes:
- Examiner briefing
- Signing the declaration
- An eye sight check
- ‘Show me, tell me’ questions (you will only be asked 3 in total)
- Radio check
- Road ride. Town centre riding or in a built up area, dual carriageways, areas of National Speed Limits and more will be covered (for the full list, visit VideoBiker.co.uk). You must have a valid Module 1 certificate to complete the Module 2 test.
Your test will fly by, it will feel easier than training, because the examiner isn’t going to point out your mistakes! They will simply tell you directions and what phase of the test you’re in.
You will be approximately 35 – 40 minutes out on the road and in that time the examiner will take you on varying roads and watch how you deal with hazards. Your instructor should have already taken you on some test routes prior to your test. If you haven’t already, ask them to show you where the examiner might take you. If you’re very nervous about riding in unfamiliar terrain, why not jump in your car and drive through some of the routes shown to you by your instructor? That way you can really get to grips with the trickier hazards, such as closed junctions and one-way streets. Don’t drive? Bribe a friend who does to take you out for an hour! Remember though, even if you go the wrong way on your test, the examiner can’t fail you for it – as long as it’s done safely!
When you learn a new skill, it is impossible to remember everything and you’ll only retain about 30% of what you’ve covered on training days. So whilst training time with your instructor is ESSENTIAL, VideBiker will give you the resource to study at home too. They have created a website of videos showing you every section covered on your Mod 1 and Mod 2 test. If you have any grey area’s in your training, these videos will help to clarify them for you. For example, do you keep getting muddled with lifesavers? By watching their video’s you’ll be able to take on board the information at your own leisure and not whilst you’re riding a motorbike!
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Don’t be alarmed when the examiner stops behind you to your left or right at junctions or roundabouts. Some students have recently said this has put them off and they thought they’d done something wrong. In fact the examiner has positioned themselves so not to obscure the view in your mirrors. So whatever happens on your test, don’t worry about what the examiner is doing, concentrate on your test and most importantly your safety.
Safe, Legal, Necessary?
Whilst out riding on test (and beyond) ask yourself:
- Is this safe?
- Is this legal?
- Is this necessary?
Safety is ALWAYS first, then whether what you’re doing is legal. And lastly, is it necessary? If you get separated from your examiner, don’t worry about where they are. It’s up to them to find you and if they ask you to pull over on the left, don’t panic! Make sure it’s somewhere safe. Not on a bend, not too close to a junction, opposite a junction, not under a bus stop or opposite a bus stop. All the the examiner wants is a safe and legal ride.
Be ready for your test BEFORE test day. I always take my students out for a warm-up before their test, making sure they’re comfortable. Under no circumstance though, will any training be taking place on the same day as their test. Let’s face it after a day’s training, the general consensus is one of pure exhaustion! Even though your test will be nerve-wracking, it should be an enjoyable experience, not one that you’re almost too tired for. There’ll be enough adrenaline pumping round your body, to allow concentration for the 40 minute slot, but normally we can’t go much past this point before we start making mistakes. Explain to your instructor that you want to be fresh on test day with just a 30-45 minute ride out before.
Just like your Module 1 test, you’ll need to ensure you have your:
- Driving licence – and passport if you still have the very old paper-style licence (without a photo card)
- CBT certificate
- Theory test certificate – if you have lost this, get your instructor/training school to ring the test centre prior to your test so they can look your test results up on their system.
- Module 1 test certificate
- Glasses if you wear them
Ensure your documents are all in date and don’t leave it until the night before to check! If you’ve done your CBT and DAS training with the same training school, they should have a system to flag up any out of date certificates, but this is a ‘nice to have’! Ultimately it is UP TO YOU to ensure your documents are in date. The last thing you want to do is lose your test and money before you’ve even attempted it!