Tips for Driving Tests


Jaymie Kay Holmes, Staff Writer

Taking driving tests can be stressful and can make you feel overwhelmed. Here are some tips and tricks to help you get through this infuriating time. The night before you take the test, make sure that you have a car that you can borrow from a friend or parent. Also, make sure that you have had practice in said car and know where everything is in the car. Next, make sure that you have the car in good condition: headlights and back lights are working, brakes are in good condition, mirrors are clean, tires have good tread, etc. If you need special eye wear or contacts to see, make sure you clean them the night before.

Also, the night before, you should do a practice run, eat well, and go to bed at a decent hour. The morning of, make sure that you have a decent breakfast, something filling. Make sure to get to the DMV early so that you have time to relax and mentally prepare. Right before the test, check your mirrors to be sure that you can see your blind spots. Remember to put on your seatbelt. The DMV will instantly fail you if you do not immediately put on your seatbelt. During the test, make sure you pay attention to what you are doing. Remember to check your mirrors and look over your shoulder on both sides. Watch for school areas, parks, ad other areas that the speed limit may be reduced. Use proper hand placement, usually at 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock.

Pretend that the stirring wheel is a clock. The top of the steering wheel is 12 o’clock and the bottom of the steering wheel is 6 o’clock. Some people like to drive with their hands on 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock. Some people put their hands at 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock. Whatever hand placement position you like is best for you. Hold the steering wheel firmly even when turning. During the test, don’t stop too closely to the vehicle in front of you. Paying attention to road signs are crucial. Do not cross the solid yellow line. This will lead to an automatic fail.

Remember that your test administrator may trick you, although in the handbook, it says in bold letters otherwise. Remember to relax and mentally prepare beforehand. Keep an open mind. Always remember what you read in the handbook. Also remember to be calm and remain clam through the test. Even if you are screaming internally, calm down and remember to do your very best.