Taking the driving exam is one of the biggest milestones in American adolescence. Nothing is more nerve-racking than preparing for and completing your driving exam so that, hopefully, you can hit the road as soon as you turn sixteen.
Just like with any other exam you might take in school, there are specific things that you can do to increase your chances of performing well on the driver’s exam. You should never just wing it. Below are some helpful tips that are guaranteed to increase your odds as you prepare to obtain your driver’s permit or driver’s license.
Almost all American public and private schools offer driver’s education course for students in the ninth through eleventh grades. If your school offers this course, make sure that you register to complete it before your sixteenth birthday. Driver’s education instructors are highly-trained in automobile safety and the information that appears on your particular state’s driver’s exam. In fact, who better to teach you how to pass the driver’s exam than someone whose job it is to do exactly that? Driver’s education classrooms are often equipped with driving simulators that allow you to experience real-world driving scenarios before you actually drive a vehicle. Some program instructors are also qualified to administer the driver’s license exam, and some schools provide students with a vehicle in which to take the driving portion of the test. If this is the case with your school, you will receive a certificate after you successfully complete the driver’s exam. On your sixteenth birthday, all you have to do is take that certificate to your local DMV to obtain your license.
There are several components of the driver’s license examination. You will first be required to successfully complete a written examination that is generally multiple choice. This is administered in a classroom setting and may or may not have a time limit. You must also complete an examination of your ability to operate a vehicle. For this part of an exam, a DMV official will ride with you on a closed-course or particular route and check for proper use of driving regulations. Lastly, you will receive a simple eye examination that ascertains your ability to see the road clearly. If you do not pass the eye examination, you may be required to see an optometrist before receiving your license or permit.
Passing the driver’s examination should not be an enigma. There are plenty of study tools available for anyone who is trying to obtain their driver’s license or driver’s permit. Most states publish handbooks or sponsor website that contain practice tests. The best study tool is driving-tests.org. This handy website condenses the official information into easy study guides and helpful practice tests. In preparing for the driving portion of your exam, it may be useful to practice with a parent or other experienced driver several times before the day of the exam to get a feel for operating a vehicle on your own.
Similar to any other major test, there are certain things that you need to do, in addition to studying, before you take your driver’s permit or driver’s license exam.
If you invest a little time in actively preparing for your driver’s permit or driver’s license exam, you will be much more likely to pass it on your first try. For many young potential drivers, learning how to prepare is just as confusing as the material itself might seem to be. Follow these suggestions and you will be on your way to becoming an official driver before you know it.