If you are thinking about getting your driver’s permit anytime soon, then you might also be wondering how best to prepare for your driving school test. There is no need to worry about the testing process because the whole point behind the testing is to see if you are prepared to drive by yourself on the road. You will be tested in several basic driving areas such as switching lanes, making left and right turns, stopping at intersections, backing up in a straight line and parking. Here is an overview of what the DMV recommends you do in order to prepare for your test.
The DMV is right about one thing – practice makes perfect. It is only by getting behind the wheel of a car that you will be able to get accustomed to traffic, learn how to relax and become an aware and confident driver. Although most states only require between 6 and 10 hours of practical driving instruction before allowing students to take the driving test, it is best to get as much practice as you can beyond the required minimum.
The other thing that will help you to prepare for your driving test will be to remember and practice the following tips on a regular basis with your driving instructor or with whomever is teaching you to drive.
- Always steer smoothly. Do not make any jerky movements as they will startle other motorists on the road and may even lead to accidents.
- Do not step on the gas. When accelerating use a light touch so that the car speeds up gently.
- Do not jam on the brake. When coming to a stop start preparing well in advance and step on the brake slowly.
- Always look carefully both ways before advancing at a crosswalk, at a stop sign or at an intersection.
- Only drive at the posted speed limit.
- Use the 3 to 4 second rule as a guide when leaving distance between you and the car in front of you. A good rule of thumb is that if you can see the other car’s licence plate, there is enough room between you.
- Always obey traffic signals.
- Never make a move without signalling.
- Only turn from the proper turning lanes.
- Be a defensive driver by watching out for potential hazards.