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Element E: practical on-road riding

Riding in typical traffic conditions (including traffic lights, roundabouts, junctions, pedestrian crossings, gradients and bends), and carrying out a u-turn and an emergency stop.

What must happen

The learner must be given a chance to practice riding and demonstrate the required skills, knowledge and understanding to ride in typical traffic conditions, on a route that provides exposure to as many situations as possible, but including as a minimum:

  • traffic lights
  • roundabouts
  • junctions
  • pedestrian crossings
  • gradients
  • bends


The learner must be asked to demonstrate:

  • a u-turn manoeuvre
  • their ability to bring their vehicle to a stop, safely and under full control, as in an emergency

What the learner must know and understand

The core knowledge and understanding needed to complete this element should have been covered in elements A to D.

The learner must know and understand:

  • how that knowledge and understanding applies in a range of real-world situations
  • the limits of their competence

What the learner should be able to do:

To show that they’ve reached the required standard, the learner should be able to complete their ride having demonstrated their ability to:

  • keep control of their machine at all times and in all situations
  • carry out effective observations when manoeuvring
  • position themselves correctly in relation to other road users
  • adapt their position to deal with all hazards safely
  • communicate their intentions to other road users clearly and effectively
  • comply with all road markings, signs and signals
  • understand what to do (‘fail-safe’) when they are uncertain how to proceed or what actions to take