Module One Test
The Module One Test is a series of manoeuvres to show basic bike control, the way the D.V.S.A. have set it up is a controversial issue, especially if your training school is a long way from the Test Center but the new test does have its advantages. Things like the U turn on the old test were always an issue as it was carried out on the road (often busy and narrow), you now do the U turn between two white lines, well spaced, easy!
To book and take a Module One Test you will need a valid driving license, a CBT certificate and a Theory and Hazard Perception Test certificate. Most people use their training school to arrange the test, you can of course book your own test and take your own bike to the test center. ( You cannot ride any thing larger than a 125 to the test center unless you have a qualified D.A.S. instructor with you).
Type of Bike
The type of bike you take the Module One Test will determine the type of bike you take the Module Two Test on, keep this in mind.
The D.V.S.A. have rightly decided that they will not conduct a test with any rider who is not wearing appropriate protective clothing. Essentially you must be wearing at least a legal helmet with eye protection, a motorcycle jacket, gloves, denim jeans as a minimum and boots. Fashion items like torn or ripped jeans, trainers, track suit bottoms, finger-less gloves will all mean you will be turned away from the test center and you will lose your test fee.
The Module One Test
The Test is originally designed to be carried out on the road ( and is in Europe ), so you must carry out observations as if on the public highway. This can be very odd when you are on a large enclosed area with only you and the examiner and you can see where the examiner is. It doesn’t matter, you must carry out blind spot checks before you move, left and right, this includes the exercises where you push the bike between the parking bays.
The test starts from the moment you have signed the declaration on the Test Report at the Test Center, so before you move the bike onto the test area take observations.
The blind spot checks do not need to wildly over exaggerated, chin to shoulder each side is fine despite what you might see some candidates do on test. You do not need to look after you have stopped, you can if you wish, again it doesn’t need to be wildly exaggerated.
There are 11 different exercises you need to complete, the examiner will explain what you need to do next using a diagram, if you are not sure say so, they will quite happily re explain.
1. Stands and Manual handling
3. Figure eight
4. Slow Ride
5. U turn
6. 30km/h ( 19mp/h ) Circuit Ride
7. Controlled stop
8. 30km/h ( 19mp/h ) Circuit Ride
9. 50km/h ( 32mp/h ) Emergency Stop
10. 30km/h ( 19mp/h ) Circuit Ride
11. 50km/h ( 32mp/h ) Avoidance
Mopeds only need to reach a minimum speed of 30km/h for any exercise.
The speeds stated are minimum speeds, faster is OK but the quicker you go the harder it is. For exercises 9 and 11 a speed of between 48 and 49 km/h will earn you one rider fault. Slower than 48km/h unless on a moped will be a fail.
The Module One test in more detail
1. You must park your bike in a bay made by 4 green cones, there are 2 bays, you can use either one and you can use any stand you like. Take the bike off the stand, check blind spots, move the bike however you like into the other bay made by 4 green cones, and put the bike back on the stand. The most awkward way to do this is to push the bike in one move backwards into the other bay. It is easier to push the bike straight back out of the bay, push it forwards in a U turn and then backwards into the other bay.
2. Ride a slalom between the yellow cones, use slow control, keep a steady pace and go straight into manoeuvre 4 ( the figure eights ).
3. Ride at least two figure eights, strictly speaking you can do these as wide as you like, in reality the examiner is looking for control, a consistent line and they would prefer you to keep out of the yellow cones marking out the slalom. You may do more than 2 figure eights, keep going until the examiner stops you. Why more than 2? Some times they seem to miss count not that they would admit it. Some times if you do a wibbley figure eight they will give you the chance to show you can get it right, again I doubt that they would admit it but having seen hundreds of Module One Tests I am sure it happens.
4. Slow ride, the examiner will observe you riding slowly away from them, and they will ask you to stop near where you do the U turn
5. U turn, this is easy, you can turn after you have stopped or do a rolling U turn. You must look before you move away from the controlled stop, you must look before you turn, use slow control, do not cross the white line, stop parallel to the white line, you do not need to stop next to it.
6. Circuit ride, this could be to the left or right, the minimum speed is supposed to be 30k/h however the speed is not measured, but if you are slow here it will be harder to be doing more than 50k/h for the avoidance manoeuvre. Do this manoeuvre in second gear what ever type of bike you are on.
7. Controlled stop, brake in a straight line using both brakes and stop with your front wheel in the box made by the 4 blue cones.
8. Circuit Ride ( see 6 )
9. Emergency stop, ride through the â Speed Detection Equipment â, when the examiner raises their hand use both brakes stop quickly and efficiently.
10. Circuit Ride ( see 6 )
11. The avoidance manoeuvre, a lot of nonsense is talked about this. It is not difficult and it is not dangerous provided you have been trained properly. Come out of the circuit ride on the throttle in second gear on any bike. Do not look at the speedo. Ride in a straight line through the Speed Detection Equipment , ideally keep the throttle neutral. Use counter steering to make the manoeuvre. Do not brake until you have come out of the avoidance manoeuvre.
If you failed to reach the required speed for exercises 6 or 11 the examiner will ask you to repeat either or both of these. They will normally tell you the speed you achieved if they do not tell you the speed ask!
You need to know whether you need to go a bit faster or a lot faster.
If you attempt a manoeuvre but clearly misunderstood what was expected they will explain it again and ask you to have another go.
Reasons for failing
You will fail if you get more than 5 minor faults
Minor faults ( actually called rider faults ) are small errors that we all make every now and then, they are given for errors such as stalling, small skids, missed gear changes etc. You get the picture, little ***** ups that spoil the ride, but in the bigger picture do not cause any ongoing problems.
You will fail for any one serious fault I have listed them below.
You will fail if you do not take observation before you move, check your blind spots both sides, please do not over exaggerate it just looks silly! ( I have put this in the serious fault section, I have known some examiners fail a candidate for one missed observation, other examiners have been more pragmatic and only failed a candidate after they have missed several observations. )
You will fail for putting a foot down ( there is a little latitude here a ‘ comfort dab’ may only get you a minor fault ).
You will fail for hitting cones
You will fail for not completing a manoeuvre
You will fail if you do meet the required speed
You will fail for skidding
You will fail for not stopping with your front wheel in the box marked by four blue cones on number 6
You will fail for taking to long to stop on number 11
The Module One Test and the way the Driving Standards Agency has implemented it has caused some major head aches for all concerned but if you look beyond the scaremongering it does teach you a useful set of skills, in particular counter steering for the avoidance manoeuvre. If your training school does not believe in or teach counter steering then go somewhere else !