You’ve done everything to prepare and the big day is here, time for your driving test. You aced your permit test, and now it’s time to show that all those hours practice driving with it have you ready to hit the road solo. Before you head out, look over this checklist to make sure that you are good to go. Make sure to keep calm and relaxed. It is not as bad as it might seem. As long as you have practiced safe driving habits during practice, there’s no reason you can’t show them off come game time.
- Make sure the car you choose to drive for your road test is mechanically sound, has current inspection and tags and is fully insured. The DMV will pull the VIN to make sure, so take care of business here. It would be a shame to fail your road test even before you got behind the wheel!
- If you’re under the age of 18, make sure to bring the proper paperwork, signed by a licensed adult, parent or guardian confirming that you completed your required hours of driving time.
- Check your mirrors and make sure that you (and your examiner) are buckled up safely before you pull away.
- When the examiner asks you to change lanes, be sure to signal, check your mirrors and look over your shoulder before doing so.
- Watch road signs (especially speed limits) carefully. The disregard of a single sign will result in automatic failure.
- While you may never use it again in real life, parallel parking will be a part of your exam. Make sure to practice at home before attempting this with an examining trooper in your car. Practice makes perfect!
If you are nervous about your road test, don’t worry, you’re not alone. The problem with this understandable fear is that it can result in mistakes because you are concentrating on your feelings and not on the road. Try to clear your mind as much as possible. If you do fail the first time, it’s not the end of the world. While there may be a small waiting period between attempts, you’ll have the opportunity to take it as many times as you need. But if you’ve made the most of your permit practice time, you shouldn’t have to worry about a thing.
Good luck on your road test!
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