PLEASE REVIEW THE DRIVING SKILLS TEST STUDY GUIDE BEFORE YOUR ROAD TEST
The Driving Skills Test Study Guide is a great overview for new drivers to learn about rules, regulations and best practices for driving. It will also talk you through some aspects of the road test to ensure that you’re prepared. Click on the link to get a digital copy of the Driving Skills Test Study Guide and get started.
DRIVING TIPS FOR NEW DRIVERS
In addition to the Driving Skills Test Study Guide, you can review more hands on videos here to help you master important driving techniques. Remember to also get as much driving in before you take your road test as possible. We recommend a minimum of 100 hours of on the road experience before taking your road test.
Always check for traffic when coming up to an intersection, pedestrian walk, or railroad crossing. A full look to the left and right is essential to ensure your safety. Even if you have the right of way, you still want to be vigilant for pedestrians and rogue vehicles.
STAYING IN THE LANE
It’s easy for new drivers to drift out of your lane or back and forth. Maintain your position in the center of the lane by looking far into the distance. Veering off to one side of the lane should only be done in the presence of an obstacle or potential hazard.
This video discusses how to position your hands while driving. We no longer use the old ten-and-two and now recommend nine-and-three when holding onto the wheel. Remember to keep two hands on the wheel at all times.
Choosing the right lane, made simple. You should be in the lane that corresponds to the next directional change you will make. You should always turn into the closest lane on your side of the road. This prevents driver confusion and promotes safer turns at intersections.
When making turns, always remember to use your signal so that other drivers know what you are doing. Your goal when turning should be to keep it as smooth as possible. To do this, remember to brake into your turns and gas out of them. Additionally, you should utilize the push pull method when turning the steering wheel to give yourself better control and keep you safer.
Control your speed properly so as to avoid expensive tickets and more importantly, keep yourself safe. The key here is quick glances at the speedometer so that your main focus is on the road.
CHANGING LANES AND MERGING
Remember the acronym SMOG when changing lanes. This stands for Signal, Mirrors, Over the shoulder, and Go.
Always be extra vigilant when driving in a residential area to avoid unexpected entrants into the roadway. Leave extra space between parked cars and make sure to share the road with other drivers.
Always remember to come to a full stop when pulling up to a red light or stop sign. A full stop means coming to a complete stop for at least one second before proceeding.
Intersections can vary greatly. Make sure you are ready to face any intersection you come across by studying up on the Driving Skills Test Study Guide.
It is crucial to your safety that you always slow down, listen for a train, and complete a traffic check when coming up to a railway. We don’t just rely on traffic devices. Don’t bet your life on those railroad crossing bars and lights working.
FORWARD STOP, SIGHT SIDE BACKING, BLIND SIDE BACKING
The Basic Controls Skills test happens in a parking lot. You have to pass this portion of the test before you can proceed to the road portion. This portion consists of three maneuvers that can be found in your Driving Skills Test Study Guide. Learn the basics of the Basic Control Skills test in this video and remember practice makes perfect.
The best way to pass your driving test; practice, practice, practice. Experience is king when it comes to preparing for the road test. You should also read up on the Driving Skills Test Study Guide.
BREAKING THE LAW
Be sure to read the Driving Skills Test Study Guide to prepare for your test. If you do any illegal or dangerous maneuvers during your road test, it will result in a failed test so make sure you know the rules and laws of the road before booking your test.
How do you gauge your following distance? Count your mississippi’s and use the three second rule.
Timing is crucial when on the road. Poor timing can anger other drivers or even cause an accident. Make sure you properly gauge the amount of time you need to pull out onto the road and get up to speed.
Developing a solid search pattern is a great way to boost your awareness and avoid possible hazards.
Learn best practices to drive through a curve while staying in your lane.