Getting your driver’s license isn’t easy. Whether you’re a new driver or applying for your license again after letting it expire, there are a lot of things you need to know before you go in for your driver’s license exam. Firstly, you need to pass the written test.
Once you’ve passed the written test, the real challenge begins. What do you need to know before heading to the DMV for your road test? Read on for our tips.
Before your test proctor gets into your vehicle, they will run the car through a checklist. You’ll have to demonstrate your knowledge of the car’s various signals and prove that the turn signals, brake lights, and headlights work. If you’re unable to demonstrate understanding of these signals, the proctor will probably mark your test as a failure.
Ensure the automobile you bring to the DMV for your test has functional lights and windshield wipers. If any of the vehicle’s safety equipment is non-functional, the test administrator won’t get into your car, and you’ll fail the test.
The proctor will need to see you execute turns and lane changes safely. Check for traffic in your mirrors before you make any lane changes, and keep an eye out for pedestrians and cyclists when you make a left turn. Before changing lanes, check over your shoulder to ensure no motorists are in your blind spot.
While turning, gradually reduce speed and brake evenly. The turn should be a controlled maneuver with consistent velocity throughout.
Be prepared to show your test administrator that you can safely reverse. This one isn’t tricky, as long as you remember to keep your wheel straight and look over your right shoulder while you carefully back up. The test proctor wants to see that you can keep the vehicle straight while reversing for 50 to 100 feet.
The most complex part of any road test is parallel parking. The only way to learn to parallel park is to practice the skill with an instructor. Most teenagers rely on their parents to help teach them how to line their car up for this maneuver. Adults studying for the parallel parking test should find a safe area to practice the skill until it becomes muscle memory.
The passenger’s door should be roughly 18 inches from the curb at the end of the maneuver. Practice until you can reliably situate your vehicle between two cars without leaving too much room between the door and the curb.