Learners Permit Requirements and Restrictions: Part 2

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by Joshua on August 09, 2013

During your critical practice time on the road with a learner’s permit, other restrictions may apply that are for your safety and that of other drivers on the roadways. Each state restriction varies so it is important that you check with your DMV office to assure that you are clear on the rules for driving with your permit. Often a violation of this probationary time can result in denial of your graduated license for a designated amount of time. Other general restrictions may include:

  • Passenger restrictions- Statistics have also shown that the risk for an accident among teen drivers increases for every person in the vehicle. In response to this, many states have restricted the amount of passengers to the driver and licensed supervising adult only. There are some exceptions made for other family members or siblings.
  • Cell Phones- because of the high rate in which cellular phones and other electronic devices cause accidents, teen drivers on a learners permit are not allowed to use any device while in a vehicle practicing. If you are found in violation of this rule, the consequences may be even more serious.
  • Night time driving- while may states require that you complete a minimum of 10 hours of driving after dusk, the curfew restriction still applies to the designated hours. You will need to assign some practice time between dusk and the curfew start time to avoid violating the night time curfew.
  • Roadways- freeway and highway driving are the most likely places for a serious accident to occur. Higher speeds, wide lanes and a multitude of drivers merging into and out of lanes and entrance ramps makes this an area only to be used by experienced drivers. Many states do not allow teen drivers with a learners permit to drive on freeways or highways.

Driving with your Learners Permit

Each state will expect you to fulfill the preset amount of driving hours during the learners permit time period. This amount will vary from state to state and must be recorded in a drivers logged signed by your supervising driver. In many states you will be required to submit your completed log along with required documents in order to take the written drivers license test and continue the process. This time should be used to master control of your vehicle when performing common maneuvers on the road, and teach you to obey and understand traffic laws for your state. You will need these skills to pass your written test and drivers test when applying for your first restricted license.

Your Drivers Manual and Cheat Sheets will provide you with the information that will be found on test questions and should be mastered during your practice time including:

  • How to complete common maneuvers properly and safely such as turns, backing up and parking.
  • What are the proper ways in which to handle traffic signs and signals you will come across while driving such as stop signs, yields and intersection signals.
  • When and how to yield the right of way to other drivers and emergency vehicles
  • Important traffic laws created for your safety such as speed limits, school zones and using your signals.
  • Usage of your vehicles safety equipment- seat belts, side and rearview mirrors and wipers.

One of the most difficult portions of testing is the test answers involving common scenarios on the road. These may include such examples as what to do if you are approached by an emergency vehicle, what to do when a school bus places its stop sign outward and how to handle driving in adverse weather conditions. Common causes such as distracted or sleepy driving, road rage and drinking and driving will also be address in some cases on the written test. Each of these scenarios has a right and wrong way to be handled while driving and it is important to know the difference.

Use your practice time as a learning opportunity to reinforce your study time. You may even experience some of these scenarios first hand while on the road giving you experience in dealing with situations as they arise. Cheat sheets will offer you a guide to use while practicing on the roadways, covering the materials found on the written test, as well as aspects you may see in the driving test. You may also benefit from reading articles that will help you develop safe driving www.dmvcheatsheets.com skills.

Tips on your Permits Requirements and Restrictions

Some final tips when applying for your learners permit to assist in making your process easier and avoid repeating steps. Learning to drive with a permit is one of most important steps in your licensing process as many of the habits you develop now will remain with you well into your adult driving. Bad habits are hard to break and in the case of operating a motor vehicle those habits can cost you money and even your life. When applying for and using your learners permit keep in mind that the process is there to help you become a safe driver, so follow all of the required steps completely, obey your restrictions and don’t cheat yourself out of practice time. Use all of the materials available to you such as cheat sheets, handbooks, manuals and the wisdom of experienced drivers and you will soon be enjoying the freedom of your first driver’s license.

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