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Published: March 21, 2016

First Timer Tips For Taking A Drivers Test

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By following a few simple steps, you may be able to pass your driver’s test the first time. During the preparation phase, you’ll have to take practice tests and obtain a learner’s permit. Later, you’ll need to implement other procedures in order to excel throughout the driving portion of the test.

Practice Test

The questions on the practice test can prepare you for the actual test. If you take this test online, you’ll have to answer multiple choice questions. To obtain a handbook instead, visit the nearest mobile vehicle agency in your state.

Learner’s Permit

Since the diving portion of the test requires patience, awareness, and skills, you’ll benefit from owning a learner’s permit. This permit will allow you to practice driving on the road while a licensed family member is sitting in the passenger seat. In most states, teens can’t get a permit until they pass an exam and a vision test.

During the road test, the instructor will examine your stopping abilities near a curb and will monitor your safety skills before and after you stop the vehicle. This is why you must use the proper mirror, guide the car carefully, and gently bring the car to a complete stop in a spot that’s not too far away from the curb.

According to reports, most teens fail at junctions, so you must practice continuously until you develop solid skills. To build confidence, make wise decisions and control the clutch properly whenever you approach these areas.

Many drivers also fail to make proper emergency stops on the road. Your instructor will have concerns if you brake too hard or too gently.

At some point, you’ll have to guide your automobile near a parked bike or vehicle. In this situation, leave a reasonable amount of space between your vehicle and the bike or car. If you park inefficiently, you’ll fail this portion of the test because you won’t be able to open the doors successfully.

The way you steer the vehicle is very important because you’ll have to use different driving skills in various communities and suburbs. To impress the instructor, practice your turning, cornering, and parallel parking.

Written Driver's Tests Tips

Each state administers its own written test for a temporary license, sometimes referred to as Instruction Permit. In preparation for the test, each state will provide you a handbook of laws, regulations, and signs. The handbook is full of useful information but you need not commit it all to memory. The written test is centered on a driver's common sense.

A passing score of 70% is a passing score. If your testing center allows you to skip a question and return to it later, skip any question you are unsure of. Once you reach a 70%, you pass the test. So it is in your best interest to answer the questions you are sure of first, and return to others later.

Areas to concentrate on include:

  • Knowledge of Signs. Be able to recognize the various speed, parking and directional signs. Know the correct color of each.
  • Laws regarding DUI. Driving under the influence is a hot point for driver's education so the States focus on this area. Know the definition of 'Under the Influence' and the penalties associated with it.
  • Speed limits. Know School Zone speed limits, how to recognize street markings, street signs and when the speed restrictions are in force.
  • Work Zone Restrictions. May times fines are doubled or tripled if you break the law in a Work Zone.
  • Maintaining safe distances. There are several questions on the safe distance when following behind other vehicles. Be sure to understand how to determine this distance.
  • Dealing with Emergency Vehicles. Know the proper reaction when Emergency vehicles are approaching from ahead or behind your vehicle.

The written test will take anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes to complete. Do not rush. Read each question carefully. Be friendly at the examination board.

If you should fail, check to see when your state allows you to re-test. Some states allow you to take in up to three times in one day, others require a seven day waiting period. Review subject areas that gave you trouble on the test. Complete some practice tests so you are familiar with different questions which may come up.

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