10 Common Bad Habits Drivers Have and How to Correct Them

10 Common Bad Habits Drivers Have and How to Correct Them | 911 Driving School

Drivers of all ages and experience levels make mistakes while they drive. It never hurts to have a little reminder about ways you can improve your skills, especially when it comes to driving a car. Since a vehicle can cause so much damage, it is important to drive carefully. Some of the most common bad habits drivers develop are easy to correct, making the roads safer for everyone. Here are ten examples.

1. Not using a turn signal

The purpose of the turn signal is to let drivers and pedestrians around you know what your intentions are switching lanes, at an intersection, or in a parking lot. When drivers neglect to use their signal, they risk causing a collision or dangerous situation for a pedestrian. The best way to correct this problem is to get in the habit of using your signals.

2. Right of Way Errors

When approaching an intersection, it is very important to know which vehicle has the right of way. Unfortunately, not enough drivers remember the rules. Even if you know that you have the right of way though, it is important to still watch the other drivers. If another driver thinks they have the right of way and proceeds into the intersection, it is better to yield and stay alive than to crash and risk injury.

3. Observing signs

There are many signs along the road that help alert drivers to dangers, keep everyone informed on speed limits, upcoming turns, road conditions, and more. Paying attention and following the road signs, it can help keep you and the other drivers around you safe.

4. Turning errors

If a driver starts turning at the wrong spot or misses their turn, too many times they sit and wait to get back into traffic or block the driving lane to wait for an opening in the turn lane for them to fit in. If you realize you are in a turning lane and realize you shouldn’t be, just turn. It is better to get turned around than risk pulling back into traffic and holding up the line behind you. If you realize you missed the chance to get in the correct turning lane, turn at the next opportunity instead and come back. Do not block traffic. It is not just rude; it can cause a crash with multiple cars.

5. Parallel parking

One of the most dreaded driving test skills, the art of parallel parking evades many drivers. To correct this problem, practice is required. Pull up alongside the car that will be in front of your parked car, lining up your rear bumpers and leaving two feet between your cars. Turn your wheel and reverse into the parking space until your front passenger door lines up with the other car’s bumper. Quickly turn your wheel the other way and glide your car into the spot. Straighten out before exiting the car.

6. Illegal maneuvers

Many drivers don’t notice the maneuvers they do are illegal and put others in danger. Make sure that you stop at all stop signs and red lights, only make U-turns in authorized areas, and park in marked areas only.

7. Driving under the influence

Never operate a car under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Play it safe by reading all the directions on medications you are taking so you know if it will impair your motor skills. If you have been drinking at a party, do not over-estimate your abilities and try to drive.

8. Driving drowsy

Another danger is operating a vehicle when drowsy. Drowsy driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving because abilities and judgement is impaired. Falling asleep at the wheel is dangerous for the driver, the passengers in the vehicle, and others on the road. If you are tired, switch drivers or pull off the road to rest.

9. Not having a driver’s license with you

Everyone who drives a car is required to carry their driver’s license with them in the car. If you are a student driver, having your practice permit is also required. Many drivers do not take this seriously enough and drive a car without their license. Always keep proper documentation, like proof of insurance and car registration information, in your vehicle when driving.

10. Distracted Driving

The number one bad habit drivers have is driving distracted. Whether it is a cell phone, picking up cargo that has fallen on the ground, or talking to passengers, it is vital to pay attention to the road in front of you. Correct this problem by remembering what is most important. If you need to pick something up, make a phone call, send a text, or deal with passengers, pull to the side of the road and out of traffic.

Most new drivers are nervous and usually try to remember to do everything correctly. Once drivers become more comfortable behind the wheel, they overestimate their abilities. It is important to always stay vigilant and avoid picking up bad habits. Remember your defensive driving skills that you learned during your driving lessons. You just never know; it might save your life.

5 Things to Do Now That You Passed Your Driving Test

5 Things to do Now That You Passed Your Driving Test | 911 Driving SchoolPassing your driving test after all the hours of studying, driving, and preparing for this day is a wonderful feeling. There is a lot of work involved in getting to this point, so it’s appropriate that you celebrate. Now you might be wondering what you should do after you pass the test. Here are five things to get you started.

1. Get Proper Documentation

Receiving your license is just the first item you need to operate a moving vehicle. Most states require that drivers have car insurance. This helps cover you financially if you get into a crash. Not every state requires that you have insurance when you have a learner’s or practice permit, so make sure you have the proper coverage before driving on your own. Also, keep a copy of your policy in your glove box for if you ever need to provide proof of insurance.

2. Buy a Car

If you are fortunate enough to buy your own car, doing it for the first time can seem overwhelming. Pay attention to if it is automatic or manual, how many miles it has, and what works or doesn’t. Take it to a third-party mechanic for an inspection to make sure it is a dependable car. Consider buying a used car to help decrease the stress you will feel driving around alone for the first year or two. Once you bring it home, buy some fun accessories to personalize it.

3. Be Prepared

Now that you have your license, you should be responsible. Part of that is being prepared for many of the common problems drivers experience. Keep a spare tire and tools in the car and know how to use them if you need to change one of your tires. Consider keeping an emergency kit in the trunk with basic medical supplies, water, and a snack. Buy a car charger to keep in your middle console for if you get lost or stranded and have a low battery. If it is wintertime, keep a blanket somewhere in the car too. While you can’t possibly prepare for every scenario, being ready for some common problems will save you in a pinch.

4. Take Precautions

If you are nervous driving without an experienced driver in the passenger seat, you’re not alone. There are plenty of stickers available for purchase online that you can stick on your bumper to let other drivers know you are new. This helps others have patience with you and give you a little more space on the road.

5. Spread the Word

No matter what age you are when you get your first drivers license, be proud. Spread the good news by posting on social media. This will let your friends and family celebrate the big moment with you.

Now that you have completed your online driver’s ed classes, taken your driving lessons, practiced many hours on the road, and passed the final test, you are going to have a lot of time on your hands. Whether you take a road trip or just enjoy taking yourself where you need to go, it is nice to have more freedom. Congratulations on this big step in your life.

The Process of Getting Your Driver’s License

The Process of Getting Your Drivers License | 911 Driving SchoolThe process for getting a driver’s license has a lot of common ground between states. However, there are slight differences for each state. It can all be confusing if you are going through the process with your teen driver for the first time. Here is a quick overview of the different processes each state has in common and how they are different.

Finding Common Ground

While a guide for each state would be very long, here is what Washington, California, Colorado, Ohio, South Carolina, and Florida all have in common.

  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Before licensing, teens must have a learning permit that has limited use to practice with a licensed parent, guardian, or approved adult in the passenger seat.
  • Pass a vision screening
  • Permission from parents or legal guardians
  • Provide documentation with birth certificate, social security number, and residency in the state
  • Complete a teen drivers education course
  • Pass a written exam of the laws from an approved location
  • Pass a driving test at an official location
  • Have a photo taken and pay licensing fees
  • Stipulations on driving conditions during the first 6-12 months of licensing

These provide a great foundation for each state to build off. Here are some of the differences each of these states have added to their licensing processes.


Permit drivers must complete at least 40 hours of daylight, including 10 hours of night driving with someone who’s been licensed for 5 years or more. To get a license, the person cannot have been convicted of any traffic violations within 6 months of applying or alcohol or drug offenses while holding an instruction permit. Licensing is also available online for new drivers.

Stipulations: Under 18 gets an intermediate driver license. First 6 months, no passengers under 20 except immediate family members. Next 6 months. No more than 3 passengers under 20 who aren’t immediate family. Nighttime driving not allowed between 1 and 5 am unless with a driver 25+. Only exceptions, agricultural purposes and transporting for farm products or supplies. No cell phones while driving, even hands-free except in an emergency.


Signatures by all parent(s)/guardians(s) with custody are required to get a permit and a license. All these signatures are also required to verify that the new driver completed 50 hours of practice driving with 10 hours being at night. To get a driver’s license, the individual must be at least 16 and have had their permit at least 6 months.

Restrictions: During the first year, there is no driving between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., drive with any passengers under 20 years old unless they are immediate family members or a licensed adult 25 years old or older is in the car. Exceptions can be made for work, school, or medical reasons with an official signed form. Drivers under 18 years old may not use cellphones or wireless devices while driving, even if it is hands-free.


To get a driver’s permit, it is required to take a 30-hour drivers education class. If the student is 15 years and 6 months, they may opt for a 4 hours driver awareness class instead.  Drivers under 18 years old must have a permit for at least 12 months and be 16 years old before taking their licensing test. Driving logs must be submitted with a required 6 hours behind the wheel with an instructor.

Restrictions: No passengers under 21 for first 6 months and only one passenger under 21 at a time for the next 6 months unless they are an immediate family member or a licensed adult over 21 years old is in the car too. Exceptions are made for medical emergencies. Everyone in the vehicle must also wear their own seat belt. Driving between midnight and 5 a.m. is now allowed the first year unless an adult is in the car or it is to work or school with a signed and dated form.


Before getting a license, the applicant must complete 50 hours of driving with 10 of those hours at night. To drive with a permit, anyone under 16 may only drive with a parent or legal guardian. Once the driver is 16, they may also complete their practice hours with any licensed driver 21 years of age or older in the passenger seat.  Driver’s education courses must be 24 hours classroom or online instruction and 8 hours of driving time. If there are any traffic offenses during the first 6 months of driving, a parent must always ride in the passenger seat for 6 months or until the driver reaches 17 years of age.

Restrictions: During the first 12 months, no driving between 12-6 am unless with a parent or if it is for work or school with documentation. There is also no driving with more than one non-family without a parent or legal guardian in the car. After the first 12 months of licensing, no driving between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. with the same exceptions. No phones or mobile devices are allowed for use. Multiple traffic convictions before 18 may equal suspension and any involving alcohol means a 6-month suspension.

South Carolina

All new drivers require having a permit for 180 full days before applying for a license. Each must complete 40 hours of driving with 10 at night. Practice must be done with a driver age 21 or older with one-year driving experience sitting in the front seat. To complete the driving test, drivers must bring their own car with a proper title, registration, insurance, and safety inspected vehicle. Teen drivers must have good school attendance to get a license.

Restrictions: New drivers can only drive alone between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. or 8 p.m. during daylight savings time. If there is a licensed driver 21 years old or older, driving is allowed until midnight. Between midnight and 6 a.m., driving is only allowed if a parent/guardian accompanies. Full privileges are granted at 16 if, within one year of having a license, there have been no traffic offenses or at-fault accidents.


Permit drivers must complete 50 hours of driving time with 10 hours being at night. They must be accompanied by a responsible adult who is at least 21 years old. During the first three months, driving is only allowed during daylight hours. The next three months, they can drive until 10 p.m. To get a license, the driver must have a learner’s license for at least a year or reach 18 years of age. There can be no moving violations from one year of the learner’s license date of issuance. The driving test is done in a registered, insured car that has passed inspection.

Restrictions: Florida has graduated licensing laws, which means there is more structure that gradually builds driving privileges. For newly licensed drivers, no driving between 11 pm and 6 am unless it is to work or with driver at least 21 years old in the passenger seat. Once 17 years old, no driving between 1 am to 5 am unless driving to work or accompanied by an adult at least 21 years old.

Driving Safely

Having a driver’s license is a great privilege that has specific responsibilities attached to it. No matter what state you are completing driving lessons and getting a license, each driver must practice safe driving, follow the laws, and be careful. Any restrictions added have been to help protect many of the common problems that many new teen drivers face.

You Got Your License! 7 Places You Should Check Out in California

You Got Your License! 7 Places to Visit in California | 911 Driving School

Getting a driver’s license means more freedom. If you live in California, there are a lot of great places you can visit, near your city or on a small road trip. From beaches to mountains, there are a variety of places to see, depending on your mood. Completing your driver’s ed online is something to celebrate, so get your parents’ permission or bring them along, and check out of these top 7 places you should check out in California.

1. Yosemite

One of the country’s most popular national parks, Yosemite is a beautiful piece of California. There are plenty of hikes, places to fish, and lessons for rock climbing. If you like camping, there are many options available. Don’t forget to check out the most popular landmarks- Half Dome and El Capitan- too.

2. Huntington Beach

While there are plenty of beaches in California, there is a reason that Huntington is one of the most popular. The sandy beach is well taken care of and is easy to access. The pier has interesting shops and delicious food to try but surfing or just jumping in the waves is fun too.

3. San Francisco

Before you choose to go to San Francisco, it is important that you are comfortable driving. There are a lot of people here and many hills to navigate. Some fun locations are here though with Fisherman’s Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, and so many delicious new restaurants to try. Alcatraz Island is well worth the visit if you have the time.

4. Disneyland

Does this popular California destination really need an introduction? If you live close enough, you might want to invest in an annual pass because you have a driver’s license to get you there more often. With so many special events during the year and new rides opening, you will never get tired of visiting this theme park.

5. San Diego

With great weather all year long, San Diego is a popular vacation spot. Come enjoy the sandy beaches or check out one of the popular attractions such as the zoo, Sea World, or LegoLand. If you are looking for something more educational, check out the old missions or go through the USS Midway Museum. There really is something for everyone found in this popular city.

6. Lake Tahoe

If you are in the mood to experience the outdoors, Lake Tahoe is a great place to visit. During the summer, people come from all over the country to play in the lake, participate in water sports, hiking on well-maintained trails, and go mountain biking in this picturesque area. If you like downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or sledding, this is a great place to visit for a little wintry fun.

7. The Redwood Forests

Northern California is home to Humboldt Redwoods State Park, which has plenty of redwood trees. There are hikes, biking paths, and even places to camp in the area. If you have time, stop by Fern Canyon and see some of the places where scenes for Jurassic Park were filmed. The climate is nice too, so you can go any time during the year.

These locations are just the beginning when it comes to seeing all that California has to offer. There is a reason it is called the Golden State with all its awesome beauty and diverse terrains. Now that you have your driver’s license, you can see and do so much more too. Be responsible with that freedom by making sure you are prepared before traveling, double-checking that the registration is in the car, you know basic car maintenance, and that you have an emergency kit in the vehicle. And don’t forget to bring along that new, shiny California license too.

You Got Your License! Here are 5 Places to Visit in Washington

You Got Your License! 5 Places to Visit in Washington | 911 Driving School

Hooray- you have your driver’s license! One of the most memorable things you can do now is to travel around your state. After getting parental permission, or even having them come along for the ride, grab some snacks and get comfortable in the driver’s seat. If you are up for a road trip and have a Washington license, here are five great places you should add to your list of stops.

1. Snoqualmie Falls

This is a tourist hotspot in Washington for good reason. These falls are about 100 feet taller than Niagara Falls. Stop at one of the lookouts or put on your hiking shoes and hit the trails. Just don’t get caught up in the daredevil activities that sometimes occur here, like walking a tightrope across the canyon or even using a parachute to get a closer look.

2. Mount St. Helens

Here in Washington, the locals have always known about the majestic beauty of Mount St. Helens, but after the 1980 eruption, it gained a lot of attention. There is a National Monument in Gifford Pinchot National Forest, but there is more to see. There are hiking trails up to the top so you can see the partially imploded volcano. If you want to know more, there is a Science and Learning Center that teaches about the surrounding ecosystem.

3. Port Angeles

This is a mid-sized city that has optimum placement, right outside the Olympic National Park. From this city, you can see the ocean, Victoria, Canada, and long stretches of ocean. Stopping here on a road trip is great because you can take it easy, avoid the crowds, and just enjoy the beauty that Washington has to offer.

4. Leavenworth

This town has a long history in the state of Washington. It used to have a strong logging and sawmill economy, but it started to fail in the 1960s. For a time, this town was turned into a tourist destination to keep it going. Now it is known for their Christmas Lighting Festival, Nutcracker Museum, and the Bavarian-style buildings.

5. Seattle

This is a location that is full of fun things to do but usually is reserved for a more experienced driver. If you are up for a challenge, go downtown, grab some famous coffee, and see everything- the Space Needle, the museums, and the famous gum wall. If you’re up for walking around and really experiencing the local culture, stop in at Pike’s Place for some of the farmer market goodness. There are plenty of unique food options mixed with many fine dining experiences too. You can find just about anything in Seattle.

There are many more places you can add to your road trip plans, but this is a good starting point for hitting some beautiful areas of Washington. Road trips are more fun with company, so bring along a friend or bribe your family to come along. Make sure you always bring along some extra money for gas, souvenirs, and extra food because you will need it. Last, but certainly not least, bring along your shiny, new driver’s license too.

You Got Your License! 5 Places You Should Visit in Florida

You Got Your License! 5 Places to Visit in Florida | 911 Driving School

Getting your driver’s license is a big deal. It takes a lot of work to earn, including taking online drivers ed classes, a written test, a road test, and many hours of driving practice. Once all the requirements are passed and you have your license in hand, you should take a road trip to celebrate. Living in Florida is a big benefit because there are plenty of great destinations for taking a quick road trip. Need some suggestions? Here are five of the top places to visit in Florida.

1. Dry Tortugas National Park

This National Park is in Key West has a unique form of ecology, the seven reef islands. These form an archipelago which is a special group of islands. This is a unique piece of ocean ecology for any budding ecologists, geographers, or oceanographers in your group. While in Key West, don’t forget to stop by the famous Key West lighthouse and the colorful marker for the southernmost point of the continental United States.

2. Daytona

One of the most popular events in Florida is the Dayton 500. This Nascar Race draws a crowd from all over the country to watch as racers drive their cars extremely fast around a racetrack. If you are looking to make a road trip in February, schedule it at a time to see the race. Not interested in watching the race? Daytona is home to some of the most beautiful beaches. Although, if you aren’t coming for the race, hold off until the area is less crowded.

3. The Colonial Quarter

Why not include a little education into your road trip? The Colonial Quarter of St. Augustine is a great place to learn about Florida’s history during the 1500s to 1700s. Stop in an see the different museums dedicated to Ponce de Leon and other maritime explorers. Visitors can even see a replica of a 16th century boat used by the famous travelers. Want a more interactive experience? Check out the Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park.

4. Palm Beach Zoo and Conservation Society

While you have probably been to plenty of zoos in your life, this one is a unique experience for everyone on your trip. Located in West Palm Beach, this location has more than 700 animals from all over the world. See animals in their habitats on a safari through the African animal areas. Interact with the animals at the petting zoo or by feeding the giraffes. There are rides and restaurants located inside too, so you can spend an entire day here.

5. Orlando

Once you have enough experience driving, Orlando is a definite must-do for a road trip in Florida. There is a reason this city is such a vacation hotspot for travelers. There are several great stops here, including Gator World and Universal Studios. The most popular place to go though in Disney World. No matter who is on your trip with you or what age they are, these places are a fun way to spend your time.

Having a Florida driver’s license means having plenty of opportunities to drive to fun locations. Once you have permission to take a trip, Florida has plenty of attractions, beaches, and National Parks for travel. These five destinations are just the beginning, with many more possibilities around the state.

You Got Your Driver’s License! 5 Places You Should Check Out in Colorado

You Got Your License! 5 Places to Visit in Colorado | 911 Driving School

The day is finally here- you have finished your Online Drivers Ed courses and you’ve passed all your tests. Wondering what you should do with that brand-new Colorado license? Hit the road and see the state! Colorado has so many beautiful sights and landmarks that are known all over the world. Now that you have a bit of freedom, check with your parents and plan a road trip. Here are five great places to consider.

1. Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

If you are heading to the southeastern portion of the state, you should add this national park to your list. There are forests, lakes, and the continent’s largest sand dunes. This means that there are many types of activities available here, including hiking, playing in the sand, fishing, camping, and sledding. There is a lot of open area here which is great for newer drivers to get experience without all the traffic.

2. Mesa Verde National Park

Colorado has ancient roots throughout the state, but none are more evident than this southwestern section of Colorado. With plenty of museums, hikes, and well-preserved cliff dwellings, this is a unique historical marker. The most famous dwellings here, Cliff Palace, are open for closer looks with scheduled hikes and tours. There are other archaeological sites, overlooks, and petroglyphs throughout the park that you won’t want to miss either. While you can see everything in a day, you might want to spend a little longer if you plan on doing all the tours.

3. Aspen

One thing that Colorado is well-known for is skiing. There are plenty of places to hit the slopes in the state, but Aspen is one of the most recommended areas. This is a charming place to visit with great shops, food, and lodging available if you are traveling from a distance to visit. Whether you are just learning to ski or are already a pro, there are opportunities to improve your skiing skills here.

4. Colorado Springs

A good, mid-sized city to visit is Colorado Springs. There are many museums to see here, plus you can tour the University of Colorado or Air Force Academy campuses here too. Stop by the ghost town and learn more about Colorado’s history or visit Pike’s Peak. Also available just outside of town is Garden of the Gods. It is a privately-owned park with paved trails for hiking or biking. Colorado Springs has some unique stops, so don’t forget a camera.

5. Denver

Once you have a little more experience and feel ready to drive in a bit more traffic, Denver is a great place to visit. This is Colorado’s cultural hub with plenty of museums, sports venues, shopping, and dining. Whether you bring your family, friends, or a date, Denver has a lot to experience. If you want to see one of the more beautiful sections of Colorado, take the Mount Evans Scenic Byway, just outside the city.

Colorado is truly an amazing state to live in. Now that you have a bit more freedom with that license, show you are responsible. Plan out a road trip and take your plan to your parents. Pack an emergency car kit and fine-tune your car skills with knowing how to do basic car maintenance as you learned in your Teen Drivers Ed class. Now that you can drive, get out there and explore the great state of Colorado.

You Got Your License! 7 Places to Visit in South Carolina

You Got Your License! 7 Places to Visit in South Carolina | 911 Driving School

One thing a new driver loves to do is drive as often as possible. The freedom that comes with a driver’s license is exciting. If you have recently received your South Carolina license, taking a road trip is a fun idea, with parental permission of course. For some ideas on where to go, here are seven of the best places to see in the state.

1. Myrtle Beach

One of the most popular places in the state is Myrtle Beach. There are sandy beaches, great restaurants, and even the famous Boardwalk with the Skywheel Ferris Wheel. Spend your day in the water with friends, family, or take a date. On bad weather days, there are museums, galleries, and indoor recreation facilities that can fill up your day.

2. Fort Sumter

The beginning of the Civil War occurred at Fort Sumter, located here in South Carolina in 1961. Taking a guided tour of the area is well worth the time to learn more about the details involved in this monumental event. There is also a sightseeing boat tour that takes you to the Fort Sumter National Monument. Everything is well preserved and the education center for visitors is worth the visit.

3. Caesars Head State Park

If you are looking for a great place to view some of the prettiest parts of the state, this is a great destination. There are places to fish, large overlooks, and fantastic photo ops. If you like to hike, take the Raven Cliff Falls Trail to find South Carolina’s tallest waterfall. For some fun swimming holes, check out the Jones Gap Trail.

4. Visit a Plantation

There are more than 2,000 plantations in South Carolina. These historic sites have some of the most spectacular gardens you will find along with grand historic homes. Some of the most notable plantations to visit are Middleton Place, Magnolia Plantation, Drayton Hall, and Boone Hall Plantation. No matter where you live in the state or how far you’re looking to travel, there will be a plantation worth visiting that meets the criteria.

This city offers a great mix of outdoor activities, educational stops, and the arts. While you might be excited to use your driver’s license to get here, the downtown area is very walkable or enhance the experience with a free trolley ride. If you are coming to town, check out the different local performing groups’ schedules and get tickets.

5. Hilton Head Island

For a beach option that isn’t Myrtle Beach, this is a great destination point. There are several quality beaches to choose from with all the water activities you would expect. Schedule in time to check out the Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge for some hiking and unique nature-watching.

Another quintessential South Carolina city is Charleston. There are many cultural events, museums, and educational experiences available. See a recovered 1864 submarine, learn about the local Naval base, or see a museum full of vintage and new fire engines. While this is a bigger city, it still boasts the slower life you expect in the South.

South Carolina is a state with a lot of history, which means there are a lot of places to visit throughout the year. No matter who you are traveling with or how long it has been since passing your online driver’s education classes, taking a road trip can be a great experience.

You Got Your License! 5 Places to Visit in Ohio

You Got Your License! 5 Places to Visit in Ohio | 911 Driving School

Getting a driver’s license is a big deal. There are Online Drivers Ed classes to take, written exams, and a driving test to pass, not to mention the hours of practice behind the wheel.

Once receiving an Ohio license, take a road trip to celebrate. There are so many things to see here that you don’t even have to leave the state. If you need some ideas on where to go, here are five of the best places in Ohio to visit.

1. Brandywine Falls

Located inside Cuyahoga National Park, this spectacular waterfall is a sight to behold. The tiered rocks under the falls make for a beautiful and unique look. There are three levels to hike that each give a different perspective of the falls and each one is worth the trip. The best time to see the falls is in the spring when the run-off provides a lot of water through the area.

2. National Museum of the US Air Force

This specialty museum is a great stop in Dayton. There is a wide variety of airplanes on display that have descriptions on their uses and why they were used. If you have ever served in the Air Force, have a family member who served, or just want to learn more about this branch of the military, plan a visit to this museum.

3. Toledo Museum of Art

Dubbed one of the best art museums in the world, the Toledo Museum of Art features paintings by Renoir, sculptures by Alexander Calder, and a stunning collection of glass. If you are bringing children on this road trip, look at the schedule for some of the free art activities. There is also an on-site café that has different tasty selections available. The best part is that the museum is always changing so even if you have been here before, it is worth another visit.

4. Historic Kirtland

A highly rated stop on travel sites, this city is a travel back in time. See how many of the former residents of the city lived in the 1800s. During Christmas time, there are nativities on display from all around the world with beautiful detail. Take a free guided tour throughout the immaculate grounds, buildings, and learn about the former ways of life that once existed.

5. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

For a stop that is both fun and educational, check out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. This has one of the biggest collections of rock memorabilia with instruments, art, and videos. Stop in the theater for a seat-shaking experience watching legendary performances. Exhibits include different periods of rock and roll, specific artists, and even a feature for the 50th anniversary of Rolling Stone Magazine in 2017.

Using your driver’s license for a road trip is a great way to put it to use. If needed, get your parents permission and map out the path. Make sure you bring along your license and registration, an emergency kit, and plenty of snacks. Put your new-found freedom to use and hit the open road.

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.