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Remember! do not tell the whole world you are taking the test.  Imagine the pressure you have when you have to go school the next day and everybody expects you to have your license.  The driving test for the basic license class (Class C) is the same for all drivers regardless of age. An adult driver takes the same type of driving test as a teenage driver. A driver with a physical and/or mental condition may take a different version of the driving test containing additional test elements.                     

Get enough practice. Some drivers need more practice than others. Minors must complete 50 hours of behind-the-wheel training (ten hours of required night driving) before going to DMV for a driving test. When you practice, pretend you are taking a driving test. Ask your accompanying driver to point out your mistakes, calmly. Ask questions about a particular driving situation that confused you during a practice session. Correct your mistakes. When you practice the next time, pay particular attention to the problems you experienced the time before. 

The law requires you parents to read the practice the info in the "DMV Practice Training Guide". This brochure is very good in practicing the basic.  When you finished the course we will send it to you. OTHER driving schools are too cheap to do this.  You the student should read this handbook also.


Practice all the driving maneuvers listed in the Safe Driver checklist below. The DMV examiner is there to make sure can handle your vehicle in regular traffic situations, not to trick you. During your driving test, the examiner will note how you obey the rules of the road and traffic signs and/or signals. He/she will note other areas in which you need improvement, if any. The examiner are nice people. They want you to pass but if you do not practice enough you will surely fail.  My guess is that 1/2 wil fail the driving test so practice.  Always practice first around your where you will be taking the test.  A big mistake is when a student schedules a test in a DMV area where they did not practice.  Ie if your test is Nov 20 you should contact the DMV one month in advance.  Some DMVs are so busy they do require you to call one month in advance.

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·                      Safe driving tips. Practice these tips:

o                                  Steer smoothly at all times. Push Pull or Hand or Hand steering . Your hands must remain opposite side of each other

o                                  Accelerate smoothly. Don't race the engine or make it stall.

o                                  Stop the vehicle gently. Start braking well ahead of where you must stop to avoid sudden “jerks.” Know where to stop. Be aware of crosswalks. If your view is blocked at a crosswalk, move forward carefully and look both ways at the intersection.. Traffic Check or scanning is one of the most important requirements for the test.  When you stop you must look left, right, left.  When you go out you must look left, right, left again.

o                                  If you drive a manual or stick, Be sure your vehicle is in the correct gear. Don't grind the gears. Don't coast to a stop.

o                                  Always obey the posted speed limits. If needed, reduce your speed to adjust for existing weather, road, and other traffic conditions. Remember to turn on your lights if you need to use your windshield wipers in poor weather conditions. 10 miles over and under is a FAIL.  If somone is tailgating you-do not speed up.  Look at your mirrors and find a safe space to pull over and let the speedster go on their way

o                                  Follow at a safe distance. Use the three-second rule. Increase your following distance in bad weather or poor visibility.

o                                  Know what the traffic signals mean and obey them at all times. You may be asked to make a right turn at a sign that says "NO TURN ON RED".  You must wait until it turns green.  Some sign will tell you not to turn on certain times.

o                                  Always use the proper lane. Turn from the correct lane into the correct lane.

o                                  Signal for all lane changes and turns.

o                                  Always look for potential hazards (scan). Check your mirrors frequently. Always look over the proper shoulder before making lane changes or pulling away from the curb.

o                                  Drive defensively. Anticipate another driver’s errors. Expect other drivers to make possible mistakes

What can I expect during the noncommercial Class C driving test? THIS IS THE LICENSE FOR YOU TEENS

The Class C driving test is used to determine your driving competency. You must provide a vehicle that is safe to drive and insured. When you appear for your driving test, the driving test examiner will ask to see your instruction permit(s), driver education and driver training completion certificates (if you are a minor), and proof of insurance for your vehicle.

Your driving test begins with a vehicle safety check. This pre-drive inspection demonstrates that you are familiar with your vehicle and that your vehicle meets the DMV’s minimum safety requirements. Do not take a vehicle you do not know.  You must know the following

PARKING BRAKE, ARM SIGNALS, WINDSHIELD WIPERS, DEFROSTER, EMERGENCY FLASHER, HEADLIGHT-If you do not know where four of these it is  FAIL in the Driving Test!

You will be asked to identify and/or demonstrate parts of the vehicle commonly used in driving. If your vehicle does not meet the minimum safety requirements, your driving test will be rescheduled.

You will also be asked to demonstrate the arm signals for right and left turns, and for stopping or slowing down. The examiner will ask you to drive out of the DMV driving test line and the driving portion of your test will begin. Your examiner is an observer only and will only speak to give you directions ahead of time on what driving maneuvers you are to perform. You must understand that a direction is not an instruction. If you are told to something,  be prepare to scan for hazards and signs and react  to them

He/she will not try to trick you or ask you to do drive illegally. Your examiner will be marking your score sheet during your driving test.  See chapter 2 in our free online course

On the road, your examiner will be looking to see whether you:

·                      Check traffic, including pedestrians, by your head and eye movements as well as using your mirrors. Score as TRAFFIC CHECK

·                      Signal before you pull into or out of traffic, make a turn, or change lanes.  LOOK AT YOUR BLIND SPOTS(OVER YOUR SHOULDERS) AND MIRRORS 

·                      Drive at an appropriate and legal speed: not too fast and not too slow.

·                      Leave adequate space between your vehicle and other vehicles. MAKE SURE YOU CAN SEE THE TIRES AND SOME ASPHALT WHEN YOU STOP BEHIND A CAR!

·                      Maintain good control of your vehicle.

·                      Obey all traffic laws.

During your driving test, your examiner will ask you to perform certain critical skill test maneuvers that include:

·                      Backing your vehicle. ONE WILL NEED TO BACK OUT OF PARKING SPACE AND BACK UP IN A STRAIGHT LINE 3 PARKING LENGTHS. A STUDENT WILL FAIL IF ONE BACKS UP AND HITS OR STRIKES THE CURB

·                      Driving through intersections (controlled, uncontrolled, and stop signs).  EVERY INTERSECTION YOU MUST MOVE YOUR HEAD NOT YOUR EYES.  this is traffic check

·                      Completing left and right hand turns.

·                      Completing left and right lane changes.

·                      Driving in residential and business areas.

If you make a critical driving error (CDE), you will be given an unsatisfactory test score (failure). A CDE is a dangerous or potentially dangerous driving maneuver. Examples of critical driving errors include:

·                      Driving at least 10 mph over or under the speed limit.

·                      Failing to look over your shoulder when pulling into traffic or changing lanes.

·                      Running a red light.

·                      Failing to use windshield wipers when necessary because of rain.

  • Having the Examiner grab the steering wheel because you were unsafe.
  • Disobey a sign, traffic light.
  • Turn from or enter into a wrong lane.
  • Pulling out at the wrong time in fast moving traffic, this will cause other traffic to brake or make quic lane changes around you.
  • Taking corners too fast.  If you turn too fast your turns will be wide
  • Making a right turn and running over a curb.
  • Drifting in and out of a lane.  You cannot drive the car straight.
  • Stop signs.  You must stop. You must stop. You  must stop. Tell your parents that you must stop 3 to 4 feet from the limit line.  If you are making a right turn at a red you must stop. I do not understand why some parents do not stop at red lights!
  • Not turning on your signal lights. Or not turning your signal light after a turn of lane change.
  • Braking suddenly or quickly for no reason.  You slam on your brakes you will go straight back to the DMV .
  • Interfering with the speed of other cars.  If you change lanes too slow, cars will have to go around you. too fast may cause accidents
  • Leaving a curb from after pulling over a curb,  You look over your shoulder before pulling out. You should signal, look in both mirrors and look in over your shoulder for cars in your blind spot
  • Pullng over to park to  a curb without looking over your shoulder. There could be a bicycle or pedestrian
  • Turning from a wrong lane can cause a accident if another car is trying to pass you.
  • Turning into a busy multi lane road. .

When you return to the DMV, your examiner will inform you whether your driving is pass or not.  Make sure Mom does not bring balloons or flowers to the test

Safe Driver Checklist 

Starting the Vehicle:

  • Adjusts mirrors
  • Fastens safety belt
  • Knows where the operating controls are located           

Moving Forward:

  • Signals
  • Looks in mirrors and over shoulder before pulling into traffic.
  • Uses two hands on opposite sides of the steering wheel.

Stopping:

  • Checks traffic (sees and reacts to hazards).
  • Stops behind crosswalk or limit line.
  • Stops without using accelerator at the same time.

Turns:

  • Slows for turns.
  • Begins and ends turns in the correct lane.
  • Yields right of way when necessary.
  • Accepts legal right of way when safe.
  • Sees and reacts to hazards.

Backing:

  • Checks mirrors and looks over right shoulder.

Changing Lanes:

  • Signals
  • Checks mirrors.
  • Checks over shoulder to view blind spot.
  • Changes lanes safely.
  • Maintains speed.

Driving On The Freeway:

  • Checks traffic flow.
  • Times entry into freeway.
  • Checks mirrors and over shoulder before merging into traffic.
  • Signals early and slows on exit ramp.
  • Adjusts speed to road conditions.

Defensive Driving Techniques:

  • Checks mirrors before braking.
  • Checks cross streets before passing.
  • Checks signal lights and signs.
  • Keeps eyes "moving".
  • Keeps a "space cushion" around the car.
  • Follows at a safe distance.