Tips To Pass Your DMV Road Test- It's Easier Than You Think!
If you are a new driver, and have just graduated from driving school, you are probably anticipating taking your driving test. There are two different tests that you will need to take before you can get your drivers license. First is the written examination, you will need to know your state driving laws in addition to general operating procedures of a motor vehicle in order to pass this DMV written test. Most state Department of Motor Vehicle locations will have a driver's manual or a study guide for you to use in order to prepare you adequately for your written driving test.
Not surprisingly, most people fret the most over their road test, and for good reason- it can be a very intimidating experience. During the road test, an evaluator will sit in your vehicle with you while you drive according to their directions. It can be nerve-racking to have someone watch their every move if you are inexperienced driver, but if you are brand-new driver, it may feel like torture. Below are a few tips that I have come up with to help new drivers pass their driving test on their first attempt.
#1. Buckle up and adjust. As soon as you get into your vehicle, be sure to buckle your seatbelt and take a moment to adjust your mirrors. In practice, you should always do this before you drive, not just when you are being evaluated for a drivers license. Don't be afraid to take an extra minutes to adjust your mirrors and your seat to ensure that you are comfortable and can reach the pedals easily. Your evaluator will not mind; to the contrary, they will expect you to do this and depending on your state, may even grade you on it.
#2. Wait for instructions. Many new drivers are in a hurry to get the test over with so that they can get their license as soon as possible. This is understandable, however, be sure you understand that you should not move the vehicle until you are instructed to do so. Part of your driving test is assessing your ability to follow directions. The instructor may not be prepared to begin observing your driving skills, so it is best to wait for instructions before you put the vehicle into drive.
#3. Relax. Yes, I know this sounds easier than it really is, but in order to drive safely you will need to be relaxed. Try to pretend that the evaluator is your friend or family member or someone you're comfortable with. If you find yourself getting too anxious, take a deep breath and try to remember that the evaluator was once a brand-new driver too.
#4. Practice, practice, practice. Driving is not something that you can learn by reading a manual. Good drivers are experienced drivers and it takes a long time to learn how to drive well and drive safely. It only takes one accident to humble a new driver into realizing that practice truly makes perfect (or close to it). Be sure you have gotten enough driving practice in prior to taking your test to ensure good results. There's no rush, take all the time you need to practice before you take your road test.
#5. You will need to follow the directions given to you by the evaluator explicitly. If the evaluator does not give you enough time to maneuver your vehicle safely, don't make the move. Some evaluators may do this purposely in order to test your judgment (although they shouldn't). Some evaluators may do this accidentally, not realizing that they did not give you enough time to make your move. If this should happen during your road test, calmly tell the evaluator that you did not feel that you had enough time to make the maneuver safely, and they will usually tell you to continue driving or to go around the block for a second attempt. Ask your evaluator to please give you a little bit more notice before asking you to make a maneuver.
Sometimes, despite your best efforts, the inevitable will happen and you may fail your driving test. One of the most important things that you need to do if you fail your driving test is to ask the instructor why you failed the test. This sounds simple enough, but 9 times out of 10, the new driver who failed is so flustered that they will forget to ask this simple question. Neglecting to ask this question can cause you to fail your driving test again, and it could be due to a very small technicality. If you failed due to a major violation, you will need to take some time to practice driving to ensure that does not happen again. When you feel confident and ready to take another test, you may contact your local DMV to reschedule your next driving test. Good luck on your road test!