Secrets to Passing the DMV Test: Part 2
Now that you have studied hard and passed the written portion of your driver’s test, it is time to prepare for and take the final portion of testing to be on your way to enjoying the freedoms of driving. Receiving your driver’s license is a key milestone in teenage life and it is understandable at this point to become excited and anxious for that new stage of your life, but don’t allow this to distract you. The most important portion of your testing is still to come and getting ahead of yourself can lead to an automatic failure, a very discouraging outcome so close to completion. Many believe that the road driver’s test is the most difficult portion of the process to complete, but just as it was with the written driver’s test if you are prepared you will surely pass with ease.
Similar to the written driver’s test, most people fail because they are not adequately educated or prepared for the test. The Department of Motor Vehicles requires that each new driver complete a minimum of 50 hours driving time with a licensed driver, and 15 of those hours must be after sunset or at night. Also an important fact to keep in mind is that it is illegal to practice in a certified driver’s test area before the test. Before getting behind the wheel, be sure that you know all of the rules and laws in your state and are able to identify each traffic sign ahead of time. This can be done by re-reading your DMV handbook and using other reliable sources such as DMVCheatsheets.com for valuable information and self-assessment tests. You should know all of the material covered in the DMV handbook, but some key points to remember while driving are as follows:
It is advised to re-read your DMV handbook and study this important information as a review the night before you begin your first on the road lesson so that these vital aspects of driving are fresh in your mind the first time on the road. Remember, the other drivers will expect you to know and follow all traffic laws and will not be understanding that you are new to the road.
Your First Day on the Road
The golden rule on your first day of driving on the road is to keep things simple. Like learning anything else, it is best to start out slowly and work your way up to larger tasks. Begin on residential roads, where speed limits are 25 and slower than main roads with less traffic to deal with. Practice making simple left and right turns correctly in your neighborhood, as well as reading the commonly found signs in your area. Stop signs, yields and school zones are common in these areas. Some tips for residential practice include:
A great goal for a first day is:
Don’t just drive around randomly in a neighborhood, have a purpose for your trip. Make it a goal to visit a friend or relative in the area or head up to the local store for milk. This way you can become accustomed to regular driving right away.