How to Ace Your Driving Test [Proven Tips Included]
The key to acing your driving test is to prepare yourself like any test. From learning the rules to practicing frequently, you will need to build a strong driving foundation so that you have the best chance of passing your road test on your first attempt and getting your driver's license.
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How to Pass your Driving Test
Passing your license driving test requires you to practice your skills beforehand. Some tips that may help include starting off in empty parking lots or residential streets so that you are more comfortable. This is extremely useful if you're new to driving, often new learners get nervous driving for the first time. These areas will provide you with lots of space so that you can explore the functionalities of your car before you head out onto the main roads.
Driving alongside an experienced driver is helpful, especially someone you are comfortable with (aka friend or family member). They can provide constructive feedback so that you can improve each time.
Depending on the type of person you are, you may prefer feedback checkpoints rather than real-time notes, let your experienced driver know this ahead of time so that they can assist throughout your practices. If you are less comfortable driving next to your friend/family member or don't have an experienced driver option, you can book with our car and driver road test service.
Know your Road Rules
Beyond understanding how your vehicle operates, you need to know the road rules in the state that you are in. These need to be memorized by the time of your test, to the point where it feels like second nature so that they become habitual when you are on the road.
Road rules include:
- Passing laws
- Road signs
- Traffic signals
- Speed limits
- Safe following distances
- Signaling of your vehicle
These are important so that you can operate your vehicle safely along with other drivers on the road without putting yourself or anyone else in danger.
❗Pro-tip: Make sure you check our state specific driving test guides and select your specific state to learn more.
Practice makes Perfect
Once you understand the rules of the road and have gotten an idea of how to drive your vehicle in safer areas, you should be practicing on main roads. There are several items that you may be asked to do during your drivers test, therefore, simulating the procedure is a good idea.
If you are nearby the local DMV that you plan on being tested at, drive around on those roads so that you have an idea of the intersections that you will be driving on.
The test can include items such as the following:
- Parking: Whether this be front-in, back-in, or parallel parking, you will need to know all three as you do not have the option to choose during your test. Understanding 3-point turns and uphill/downhill parking may be part of your test as well.
- Stopping: Understanding when to stop, the distances to stop at, and how to use your emergency brake are vital to show that you know when it is safe to drive and when it is not.
- Turns: Depending on the intersection and busyness of the traffic, you may have to slow down more than usual. Understand when it is your turn to drive and when you need to yield right of way so that you can display that you understand how to put you and others’ safety as a priority.
- Lane changes: Often neglected and resulting in deduction of points, are lane changes. Using the correct signals, checking both the mirror and your blind spots, while maintain your speed is crucial to show that you understand how to safely lane change.
- Defensive driving techniques: Overall, you will need to demonstrate that you understand the distance you must keep and how to utilize your vehicle’s functions to safely drive and brake in traffic. If there are any hazards, knowing how to navigate around those will score you points.
❗Pro-tip: Remember that the more you practice, the more your skills will become second nature.
Additional Tips for Driving Test Day
If you have put in the time and effort to practice, you will be able to pass your license driving test. It is normal to be nervous before the test, but the best practice is to use those feelings to focus on your driving.
Your examiner will be analyzing every move you make, from pulling out of the parking spot to driving through an intersection. They will be taking notes to decide whether you are able pass. You should not be focusing on what they are doing or writing down, but rather your driving and the road signs that you will pass. If you make a couple of mistakes, it will be fine as this is a normal occurrence. If you worry about it during your test, there may be a compounding effect, leading you to do worse on the rest of your road test.
Being comfortable with your vehicle and knowledgeable about how you should go about driving on the road, will give you the best chance of passing. The night before the test, you should check to ensure that all the brake lights and signals are working and that you know all the different buttons and functions in your vehicle. This is a good prerequisite to check prior to your test.
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