Informative Guide For the Soon To Be Licensed Driver

by Joshua on November 14, 2013

Taking your drivers license test can be a daunting task, one seemingly impossible if you have not looked into the test content, requirements or if you have never taken a formal driving course. There are a couple different ways you can go about getting your drivers license depending on what state you will receive the license in.

Methods For Obtaining Your Drivers License

  1. The learners permit method Requirements:
  • Valid proof of identity (government or other valid officially issued form of I.D.)
  • Social security card in most states
  • Minimum age 14-1
  • Passing vision test
  • Passing learners permit test

Once you get your permit which is issued same day, your free to drive with a licensed adult to get the feel of the road. Some states require you to have the learners permit for a certain duration before you can apply for a license. Once you feel comfortable with your driving skills and have studied the drivers manual sufficiently, you can go into the local DMV and fill out your application to take your drivers license written and road test or schedule an appointment, results are the same either way.

  1. Drivers education method Requirements:
  • Fee to pay for Drivers ed course, some schools still sponsor these classes to be held at their campuses and taught by one of their staff but most do not. The cost varies between $200-400.
  • Completion of driver’s education course with passing grade and acceptable attendance varies between state and schools.
  • Completion of required driving hours and riding hours required by facility/state
  • Attain permit through drivers ed school
  • Passing of written test issued by drivers ed school
  • Passing of driving portion issued by drivers ed school

The driver’s education course to getting your drivers license is a preferred method not only among teens with no driving experience but with adults who never acquired their license for one reason or another as well. You pay a substantial amount more to go to driver’s education but you get the comfort or learning all you need to know about driving and vehicles in a classroom and having your questions answered immediately. Most drivers ed schools are licensed to issue your permit test, written exam and test for your drivers license which is a great deal less nerve wracking than being in a car you’ve never driven with a state trooper. Once you’ve completed all of those, the school either sends you with paperwork necessary or sends it to the cities DMV and makes it legal for you to apply and receive your driver’s license.

Passing the Written and Driving Skills Test

Passing both the written and skills portions of the drivers license test is the same in most states, with only so many penalties allowed. However the rules of the DMV and rules of the road in each state are not. If you have just recently moved and are not familiar with the driving laws in your new state or city you should pick up a copy of the student driver/driver handbook at the local DMV. Every state varies on the contents of its driving manual but the constant subjects they all cover are as follows-

  • Chapter 1- Your license to drive- This chapter explains who can drive in your state, the types of licenses available, fee’s and penalties for a broad range of offenses and services. It also explains how to obtain and renew a license as well as what happens when a license is suspended or revoked.
  • Chapter 2- Vehicle inspection and registration- This chapter covers all the required documentation and inspections your vehicle must maintain for it to be legal on the roadways.
  • Chapter 3- Safety Responsibility- The information about providing liability insurance and failure to do so can be found in this section of the handbook.
  • Chapter 4- Right of Way- Explains the right of way when yielding to other cars, buses, pedestrians and at four way stops.
  • Chapter 5- Signals, Signs and Markers- This section introduces all the different kinds of signals, signs and markers found on the various kinds of motor and roadways and what they mean.
  • Chapter 6- Signaling, Passing, Turning- Explains the proper procedures for signaling when switching lanes, passing or turning both with your turn signal and manual hand signals.
  • Chapter 7- Parking, Stopping, Standing- This part of the handbook covers the do’s, don’ts and procedures for leaving your motor vehicle parking, stopping and standing.
  • Chapter 8- Speed Limits- This chapter is about how to obey and observe speed limit signs and what they mean.
  • Chapter 9- Special Driving Situations- Explains the difference with normal driving situations versus the observations and care to be taken when in a special driving situation such as flooding, highway and winter driving.
  • Chapter 10-Alcohol and Drugs-How alcohol and drugs impair driving skills
  • Chapter 11-Motor Vehicle Crashes- The proper procedures to maintain during a motor vehicle accident in several variations.
  • Chapter 12-Pedistrian Safety- How to watch out for and maintain the safety of you as a pedestrian as well as others when your driving.
  • Chapter 13-Bicycle Vehicle Laws- This chapter explains the laws revolving around bicycles on the roadway and sharing the road with them.
  • Chapter 14-Additional Safety Tips- This chapter would cover any and all safety tips and laws not touched on in previous chapters.

The student drivers/drivers handbook is one of the most important tools for passing both portions of your driving exam The student drivers handbook is a good reference guide for both new and experienced drivers and provides information on all the driving related subject matter you need for both portions of your drivers license test as well as to make sure your driving legal in your own city/state.

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