Whether you’re just coming of age to apply for your driver’s license, or you’ve just decided to go for it later in life, going through the testing process can be quite intimidating. You’ll have to make your way through a written exam that verifies you know the most common rules of the road, and a road test that proves you know what you are doing while behind the wheel. Here’s a set of tips to help you get through both test phases quickly and easily, and to help make sure you are ready before you head into the local DMV.
Getting through the Written Exam
Give yourself a month or two to read through the state’s driver’s manual to learn well all the different rules and requirements of driving around in your state. Do yourself a favor and put together flash cards of the information or have a friend quiz you on the different laws and how to behave properly while driving around. Take your time with this process and make sure that you are confident that you know the information.
When you feel good about the information, take the time to go through a DMV practice test that will ask you questions similar to what will be on your actual test. Make note of any questions that you didn’t know the answer to and read over that information once again to make sure you get it down.
On the night before the test make sure that you go to sleep at a decent hour and that you set an alarm. Be sure to set it well in advance of when you need to arrive so that you have time to wake up fully. Eat a healthy breakfast and arrive at the testing facility early and ready to go.
As long as you study enough, and you take your time when answering the questions, there is no reason you won’t ace the written test. Just make sure you don’t rush the process or you’ll be retaking it.
Make it Through the Road Test
If you were nervous about the written exam, you’re probably terrified about the road test. This is the part where you go to the DMV and then drive around with an instructor in the passenger’s seat of your vehicle. The instructor will tell you what to do and you have to demonstrate adequate driving skills throughout the test.
To prepare for this portion of the test you need plenty of hours behind the wheel in standard driving conditions. Drive around town, complete the maneuvers that you’ll have to complete during the road test and practice as much as you can. Over time you’ll become comfortable with all the requirements of the test and you’ll have an easier time passing it.
If you are really nervous, or you want to ensure that you know exactly how to ace the test you can also attend a driving course that puts you in the seat with a trained instructor who will teach you how to drive properly. Courses like Driver’s Ed will help you prepare properly.