The crowning moment of learning how to drive, is finally being able to go for the driving test. But going for your driving test is more than just a matter of showing up. If you want the test to unfold smoothly, it’s important to make sure that you’re thoroughly prepared to take it. Both in terms of knowledge, and logistics. The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) advises that “Many people take their driving test when they haven’t sufficiently prepared, practiced enough, or practiced the right way. The DMV examiner will ride with you only to make sure that you can drive safely and obey traffic laws… During your driving test, the examiner will note how you obey the rules of the road and traffic signs and/or signals. They will also note other areas in which you may need improvement.” Here are a few important preparations to make for your driving test:
- Learn from a Qualified Driving Instructor: Most people learn how to drive from close relatives. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the best option to develop maximum proficiency. It’s better to take formal classes if you can afford them.
- Book the Test Far in Advance: Instead of taking the test in an impromptu way, use the Department of Motor Vehicles’ (DMV) appointment system to select a good date. Give yourself plenty of time to study and prepare.
- Take Sample Tests Online: The official DMV website has plenty of tutorials and resources to help test-takers prepare. Familiarize yourself with the web site and explore all the assistive information on there.
- Practice the Fundamentals: The biggest reason why people fail the test is because they overlook the basics. They forget to obey simple rules such as speed limits, turn signals, mirror-checking and so on. No matter how negligible the rules might feel, don’t ignore them during the test.
- Get Familiar with Your Car: If there’s any way you can choose the vehicle you’ll test with, choose one you’ve spent a lot of time in. Any amount of uncertainty during the test can throw you off out of nowhere.
- Don’t Joke Around with The Examiner: Believe it or not, there’s very little you can do on test-day to break the ice. So don’t waste any of your energy trying to charm the invigilator. Simply be polite as you introduce yourself, and concentrate on doing well with the actual test.