Passing the Road Test
The first time!

Pick up the driver’s guide for your state. 

Every state has them, and that’s where you’ll find everything that will be on both the written and the actual driving test.

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Prepare for the Practical Test

Practice driving. Most states have regulations regarding how much experience you have behind the wheel. Some states make allowances for taking accredited driving courses, either through school or professional instruction.

Some states also make allowances for top students. While it won’t directly help you pass your driving test, being a good student will often make it easier to meet the requirements.

Student drivers must have a licensed driver with them at all times. In some states, having a license is all your passenger needs. In some states there are age restrictions, or restrictions based on how long the person has been licensed.[1] You will learn these rules and restrictions in the driver’s manual that you’re going to study.

Dont Forget These Easy Tips:

The number on the speed limit sign is the maximum speed you are allowed to go. If there is traffic or bad weather, slow down a bit. In normal conditions, maintain a speed that is within three- to five-miles-per-hour of the limit.

More Easy Tips for your Road Test:

At signs and traffic lights, brake smoothly and come to a complete stop behind the white limit line. You should still be able to see the line in front of you. Wait at least three seconds before proceeding. Look first to make sure it’s safe to go. Other drivers might not remember how to give the right-of-way. But you do!

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Make the proper adjustments

Once inside the car with the DMV instructor, don’t forget to adjust your mirrors and buckle your seatbelt before you start the engine.

Constantly scan the road

Signal  to communicate with other drivers. Check your  Mirrors  to make sure there is enough space. Look  Over  your shoulder to check your blind spot. And  Go.

Depending on your state, you may have to perform maneuvers such as three-point-turns or parallel parking. Make sure you have practiced these ahead of time so that you are prepared!

The instructor will review your score at the end of your test and point out any areas for improvement. Common ways to fail include performing unsafe lane changes and going over the speed limit.

You can try again another time. But chances are you’ll knock it out of the park!


Knowing street signs, hand gestures, when to pass, how and when to pull over for emergency vehicles will count. Read that manual! Know the rules and you’ll be fine.

The morning before your test, ask them to watch you, and make sure that you check all your mirrors correctly and do all your maneuvers correctly. This will help you gain some confidence.

Your registration and insurance should be easily accessible. Tires should be inflated properly and in good condition, lights will all need to be working, windshield wipers functional,[3] with the washer reservoir filled, all instruments—especially the speedometer—working and accurate, and turn the radio off when you get there.

Relax, and be friendly. You won’t lose points for being unpleasant—necessarily—but if your examiner needs to make a judgement call about your driving at some point, ask yourself: would you be easier on a nice person, or a jerk?

Ask any questions that you have prior to the test and in the test if you are confused. The driving examiner will be glad to answer them.

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Each driving school is different, so be sure to research!

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At all times drive at a safe speed

Note that this does not necessarily mean the speed limit—conditions may warrant a slower speed.[check this out] Under no circumstances exceed the speed limit.

Practice situational awareness

Check your mirrors regularly. Make this a little more exaggerated than normal, just so it is clear that you are doing it.

Keep your head moving, looking out the windows for other traffic, pedestrians, kids, little old ladies, etc.

Keep your eyes on the road, not on that good-looking guy or hot girl walking down the sidewalk. Your examiner will see them too, and check to see what has your attention: the road, or the hotness. If you want to pass, the answer needs to be “the road.”

When you change lanes or turn, turn your head to look behind you. Your rear-view mirrors are useful, but they’re not foolproof. A combination of eyes and mirrors are the best.

Don’t forget to signal all turns, lane changes, and any time your intent is to change direction.

Your Future Starts Here.

All information and advice contained within this website is to be taken at your own risk. Nothing contained within this website should be misconstrued as professional driving instruction.

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