At MT Training’s Bristol Training Centre, we take immense pride in congratulating Ellisia, a dedicated and talented individual from the Bristol Ambulance Service, for achieving a remarkable feat – passing her C1 3B test on her very first attempt! This significant accomplishment speaks volumes about Ellisia’s commitment and proficiency, and we are thrilled to be a part of her journey.


Understanding the C1 3B Test:

The C1 3B test is a pivotal assessment, especially for those aspiring to serve in vital roles like the Bristol Ambulance Service. It is designed to evaluate a candidate’s practical on-road driving skills. The examination consists of a series of rigorous evaluations, ensuring that drivers are fully prepared to handle the responsibilities that come with operating a C1 vehicle, such as ambulances.

Key aspects of the C1 3B test include:

  1. Vehicle Safety Questions: Before commencing the practical driving segment, candidates are required to answer vehicle safety questions. This essential step ensures that drivers have a thorough understanding of the vehicle’s safety features and can perform vital safety checks competently.
  2. On-Road Driving: The core of the test involves an extensive on-road driving evaluation. Candidates are given an opportunity to showcase their practical driving skills under the observant eye of an examiner. This segment is crucial to affirm the candidate’s ability to drive safely, especially in roles where every second counts, like ambulance services.

During the on-road driving segment, the examiner meticulously assesses various aspects, including the candidate’s proficiency in:

  • Vehicle Control: Demonstrating skill and ease in operating the C1 vehicle’s controls effectively.
  • Angle and Gradient Movements: Safely executing maneuvers such as moving off at angles and navigating both uphill and downhill terrains.
  • Controlled Stops: Precisely executing controlled stops while highlighting their competence in braking and halting the vehicle efficiently.
  • Effective Use of Mirrors: Maintaining vigilant use of mirrors to ensure constant awareness of the surroundings, a fundamental aspect of safety.
  • Appropriate Signalling: Communicating effectively with other road users through the correct usage of signals.
  • Anticipating and Reacting to Other Road Users: Demonstrating a heightened sense of awareness and the ability to anticipate the intentions of fellow road users, especially critical when responding to emergencies.
  • Progress and Speed Control: Skillfully managing the vehicle’s progress and speed while adhering to traffic conditions.
  • Hazard Management: Displaying the capability to effectively deal with potential hazards, a vital skill for emergency services.
  • Selecting Safe Stopping Locations: Exhibiting judgement and decision-making by identifying safe locations to stop, especially in emergency scenarios.

Passing the C1 3B test is a testament to Ellisia’s dedication, competency, and readiness to provide invaluable services as a part of the Bristol Ambulance Service. This achievement underscores her ability to navigate complex driving situations while maintaining safety and professionalism at all times.

Ellisia, your accomplishment serves as an inspiration to all who are on a path to serve the community in crucial roles like ambulance services. Your unwavering dedication and proficiency as a professional driver are greatly appreciated.

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