Getting a driver’s license is one of the most exciting landmarks in a person’s life. And, like with any test, preparation will give you your best chance at passing your exam the first time. Here are a few points to practice and review before taking the driving exam.
Road signs: Everyone knows what a stop sign looks like, but other road signs are less common and could trip you up during your driving exam. You should be able to recognize all major road signs, including merging signs and lane-ending signs, and know the rules that correspond to each. For example, if your lane is ending, you have to yield to drivers in the lane beside you.
Traffic laws: It’s also important to review traffic laws. Remember to check things like the speed limit of unmarked country roads, what time of night to turn your headlights on, and the regulations surrounding window tinting. These laws vary by state, so pick up a copy of your state’s driving exam study guide and read it carefully. Knowing the traffic laws in your area will not only help you pass your test, but it will also make you a better driver once you have your driver’s license.
Maneuverability: The previous generation’s driving exam had a parallel-parking requirement, but that is no longer part of the test in most states. The maneuverability test replaced parallel parking, and involves navigating through cones that are set up by the instructor. To prepare, practice with cones of your own in an empty parking lot.
Driving: One of the most important things you can do in preparation for your driving exam is to practice on the road. If you’ve already obtained your learner’s permit, get out and practice turning, signaling, changing lanes and passing. These skills take time to master, and the more you practice, the more comfortable you’ll be during the exam. You’ll also be a more experienced driver when you get behind the wheel.
Once you ace that driving exam, call your family’s insurance provider and ask about teen automobile insurance. The agent should be able to add teen coverage to their main auto insurance policy, which is generally less expensive than taking out a policy solely for a teen.