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Worried About Passing Your Driving Test?

The driving exam can be grueling for new drivers who are worried about passing.  Don’t let anxiety become a factor in passing your exam.   Here are a few hints for all new drivers before they go to the DMV driver’s license office.

How much have you practiced your driving skills?  The GDL Laws of most states require you to get a learner’s permit or instruction permit first before  you get your driver’s license.   This is the time when you practice your driving skills either with a parent or driver education instructor.   Most states require you to have a minimum of 40 to 50 hours of driving practice during the learner’s permit stage.   It is suggested to use a driving experience log so you practice all the maneuvers you’ll be tested on.   Here is an example to PRINT.

When you are ready to get your license remember the following driving skills as this is what they will be testing you on during the road test:

  • Avoid hitting the curb or cones while parking
During the test the driver examiner will give you simple instructions and take notes on the skills you are performing.  If you do not understand what is being asked it is okay to ask for clarification.  Some mistakes are allowed, but if they add up to 30 points you will fail the road test exam.
These may seem like common sense, but when you’re nervous you make forgot the most important items like:
  •  Put on your seat belt before starting the vehicle.
  • Properly yielding to other traffic when changing lanes.
  • Using your turn signal when turning, changing lanes, or turning into or backing out of a parking space
  • Safe driving around school buses and school zones.
  •  Maintain a two to three-second following distance.
Remember practice makes perfect so make the most of your learners permit phase by practicing all of your driving skills.  Stay safe!