What to Expect the Day of a Driving Test

What to Expect the Day of Your Driving Test | 911 Driving School

Since the day you received your practice permit, chances are you have been mentally preparing for the official driving test. The road test is done behind the wheel of a car and tests each driver’s ability to operate a vehicle confidently, with a mastery of the state’s driving laws. While there is a lot of information to remember on test day, being prepared can take a lot of the anxiety out of it for you.

What Information is Covered during the Test?

To test a driver’s abilities to drive, the test is done in parking lots and on the road in regular traffic. This helps the examiner see a driver in a real-life situation and how they handle a vehicle. Some of the requirements for passing are:

  • Adjusting and using mirrors often
  • Proper lane changes, including checking blind spots
  • Obeying traffic laws, including speed limits, traffic signals, and signs
  • Parking the vehicle correctly
  • Accelerating and braking smoothly
  • Correctly passing through different types of intersections
  • Leaving space between your car and others

The examiner will also be sure you know how to operate the vehicle’s controls, such as turning on headlights and hazard lights, operating the windshield wipers, and activating the parking brake. This can be asked at any time during the test.

How Can I Prepare?

Use the state driving manual to help study the laws. If you have already passed a written test, a lot of this will be review. Since you may have to park near a stop sign or fire hydrant, knowing the required distances will be beneficial to passing that portion of the test. In addition to the manual, each teen drivers education class will supply additional material to study and perhaps even offer practice tests.

What if I Fail?

Don’t get discouraged, you can try again. Be sure to ask what the required number of waiting days is between tests. In the meantime, study and get more practice in so you can feel even more prepared for the next test.

Is an Appointment Required?

Each DMV has specific protocols for their needs. If you live in an area where there are a lot of test-takers or there are limited instructors on hand during certain times, an appointment may be required. Be sure to look on the state website or call ahead to make sure you follow their procedures. No one likes taking time out of their day to get a driving test done only to find out they need an appointment.

What Should I Bring?

When you call to ask about required appointments, be sure to ask about what to bring. You will need to bring your learner’s permit. If you are using your own vehicle for the test, proof of insurance and the vehicle’s registration will need to be seen first. Other things that you might bring are a certificate from a completed driver’s education course and a log of the driving hours completed. Ask about completing paperwork before the day to speed up the licensing process.

Taking the Test

Now that you have done everything possible to prepare, relax and take the test. Be patient and listen to the instructions the examiner gives during the test. If you don’t understand the examiner’s instructions, ask questions for clarification. Remember that you have put in the practice and trust in your abilities. If you wait until you feel ready to take the test, you will be more confident and the results will follow.

Driving School vs. Parent Teaching for Teaching Driving Skills

Driving School vs Parent Teaching | 911 Driving SchoolGetting a driver’s license is a big step in anyone’s life, no matter the age of the newly licensed driver. The road to learning to drive is a necessary path to take before licensing though. If you are considering getting a license and aren’t sure if you would rather take a professional course or have a parent teach you to drive, here are some points to consider.

Who Knows the Road Better?

Just because someone knows how to drive doesn’t mean they are a good teacher.

It also doesn’t mean that they know all the laws.

In fact, some estimates suggest that approximately half of all licensed drivers could not pass the written portion of a driver’s test. There are many laws that people don’t need to actively remember and signs that people don’t see, so drivers forget the information. After all, if it doesn’t impact their daily driving experience, why bother?

Unfortunately, this means that they will likely be unable to impart all the information that a new driver needs to pass their tests.

A driving instructor is constantly teaching the laws, grading student quizzes, and getting extra training on current laws to keep up their teaching certificate. Knowing the laws is their job, which means they are around them all the time so they can’t forget how far to park from a stop sign or what that strange sign means on the side of the road.

At 911 Driving School, the experience goes even further than that. Our instructors are or have been, police officers. They know the laws because they teach them, but also because they have enforced them.

Can You Provide a Structured Approach to Learning?

Often, when parents teach their children to drive, they cover the important techniques, skills, and laws at random or whenever a particular circumstance arises.

What happens if that situation never arises before the test comes around?

At a driving school, students will have an opportunity to participate in an instructor-led classroom and get the necessary time in behind the wheel. This experience will be based on a structured and proven method that covers all information a fledgling driver really needs.

It starts with the full range of basics and then builds on them until the student is ready for more complex maneuvers.

What is Your Level of Comfort with Your Parents?

Parents are a great resource for support and reviewing concepts for driving. But do you feel comfortable asking questions and drilling them until they perfect a certain technique?

If a parent turns out to not be a great teacher, is that going to be awkward for the child? Is there already tension in the relationship? Is the parent likely to yell when the child makes a mistake? Are you more likely to yell back at them?

It is important to remember that taking driving lessons from a driving school doesn’t mean your parents are completely cut out of the process. There are required driving hours that need to get done before a license is issued and a licensed person over the age of 18 must be in the car the whole time. This means many parents are riding in the passenger seat while their teenager is learning to drive. If you need extra practice hours, parents are a great resource.

If you have seriously considered the three questions above, you should know which option is best for you. Driving lessons are a big, important step in everybody’s life. If you are looking for a great school with attentive, knowledgeable instructors, check out our schools for a location near you.