WHAT TO EXPECT FOR A DRIVE TEST
Many people take their driving test when they have not sufficiently prepared, or have not practiced enough, or have not practiced the right way. Others get very nervous because they don't know what to expect. Remember, the DMV examiner will ride with you only to make sure that you can drive safely and obey traffic laws.
Your driving test will last about 20 minutes. The test consists of basic maneuvers you will encounter while driving such as: left and right turns, stops at controlled and uncontrolled intersections, straight line backing, lane changes, driving in regular street traffic, and in some cases driving on the freeway.
We want you to pass your driving test. That is why we are here!
Take the road test with us and we'll make this last part of your drivers learning experience a positive one. We will pick you up, drive you to your appointment and you will take the test with us. Yes, the same cool and calm instructor that has taught you how to drive will be there with you to steer you through the final road test.
SAFE DRIVING TIPS
· Steer smoothly at all times.
· Accelerate smoothly. Don't race the engine or make it stall.
· Stop the vehicle gently. Start braking well ahead of where you must stop to avoid sudden "jerks." Know where to stop. Be aware of crosswalks. If your view is blocked at a crosswalk, move forward carefully and look both ways before entering the intersection..
· Be sure your vehicle is in the correct gear. Don't grind the gears. Don't coast to a stop.
· Always obey the posted speed limits. If needed, reduce your speed to adjust for existing weather, road, and other traffic conditions. Remember to turn on your lights if you need to use your windshield wipers in poor weather conditions.
· Follow at a safe distance. Use the three-second rule. Increase your following distance in bad weather or poor visibility.
· Know what the traffic signals mean and obey them at all times.
· Always use the proper lane. Turn from the correct lane into the correct lane.
· Signal for all lane changes and turns.
· Always look for potential hazards (scan). Check your mirrors frequently. · Always look over the proper shoulder before making lane changes or pulling away from the curb.
· Drive defensively. Anticipate another driver's errors.
SAFE DRIVER CHECKLIST
Starting the Vehicle:
Adjusts mirrors and seat
Fastens safety belt
Knows where the operating controls are located
Looks in mirrors and over shoulder before pulling into traffic.
Uses two hands on opposite sides of the steering wheel.
Checks traffic (sees and reacts to hazards).
Stops behind crosswalk or limit line.
Stops without using accelerator at the same time.
Slows for turns.
Begins and ends turns in the correct lane.
Yields right of way when necessary.
Accepts legal right of way when safe.
Sees and reacts to hazards.
Looks over right and left shoulder as appropriate.
Checks over shoulder to view blind spot.
Changes lanes safely.
Driving on the Freeway:
Checks traffic flow.
Times entry into freeway.
Checks mirrors and over shoulder before merging into traffic.
Signals early and slows on exit ramp.
Adjusts speed to road conditions.
Defensive Driving Techniques:
Checks mirrors before braking.
Checks cross streets before passing.
Checks signal lights and signs.
Keeps eyes "moving".
Keeps a "space cushion" around the car.
Follows at a safe distance.
TO TAKE A DRIVE TEST
To take your driving test, you will need to:
· Provide Car Registration
· Provide Proof of Insurance
You have 3 chances to pass the driving test. If you fail, you may practice for a while, then make another appointment. There is no waiting period, but you must make an appointment. If you fail to successfully complete the driving test on the first attempt, you must pay a $7 fee for each additional driving test that is administered under an application for an original or renewal driver license.
AFTER PASSING THE DRIVE TEST
After you pass your driving test you will be issued an interim license valid for 90 days until you receive your new photo license in the mail. Double-check your address before you leave DMV and tell the DMV representative if you have moved or if your address is incorrect. If you have not received your license after 60 days, call 1-800-777-0133 and they can check on the status for you. Have your interim license with you to provide information when requested.