No driver’s license is issued in any country or state without passing a road test. Also known as a driving test or road exam, the “Behind The Wheel Driving Test” evaluates a driver’s skills behind the steering wheel.
A DMV test examiner evaluates your ability to drive a motor vehicle confidently and safely.
A variety of everyday driving situations are set up to determine how well you would respond to them once you become a certified driver on the open road.
Being Eligible First
Depending on the state you hail from, the minimum driving age is 16 years. Other stuff to watch out for is whether you have passed the GDL program for young drivers. You will also need to pass some state requirements for new drivers.
If you are a driver from a different state, you will be required to take some tests or show documentation regarding eligibility.
In case all else is fine, then you are good to go and take that test.
Tiding Tiding – What to Bring?
Driving tests are both exciting and nerve-wracking!
Exciting, because you finally have independence over having a family member drive you back and forth. And nerve-wracking, because you have to actually pass in order to enjoy this freedom.
So, what do you need to bring along to ensure you have a fighting chance at this most historic moment in time?
First and foremost, you have to make a call to the agency that is going to test you to know whether you need an appointment or not. It is always safe to find out prior to the test day in order to save time.
A Car, maybe?
In most states, you get the option of driving your own car during the test or using an agency’s car. Better the devil you know, eh?
The best thing about driving your own car is that you are already familiar with its controls and you will feel much more comfortable. However, you need to make sure that it is road worthy.
Before the test, the instructor will generally inspect the car to ensure that it is operational. You sure do not want to fail even before the test begins.
Also, double-check that you have the proper documentation like insurance and registration papers. A kind reminder to ensure that the car is clean too on this particular day.
Even if not a necessity, it is just polite and courteous, and you don’t really want to sway the instructor’s opinion in the wrong way.
Bring the Papers, Relevant Ones
Excitement is not a bad thing. But if it costs you your license, it becomes a nightmare. This can happen when you are too excited to remember to carry your learner’s permit.
This is an instant fail or hindrance to you taking the driving test, depending on the temperament of your instructor.
Any equivalent paper authorising you to operate a motor vehicle is a necessity during this most critical day. Make your glove compartment useful this way, and you will be smiling all through your test.
The Family Guy (It ain’t the TV Show)
A learner’s permit allows you to drive accompanied by a family member or guardian who is fully licensed. Therefore, you will be required to show proof that you put in the hours necessary to qualify you for a driving test.
Other than that, a parental consent form will be asked for of minor, necessary forms of identification like Social Security card as well as proof of address.
Another necessity to remember is that your eyes and ears are tested to ensure that your driving test fits your needs.
For physically disabled individuals, tests are structured to meet their particular needs. Come hangover and you handicap your own driving test. You choose.
For minors, this necessity is often overlooked since they have their parents/guardians to do that for them. For adults, remember to check your state for the acceptable modes of payment. Save yourself time by calling ahead.
Wear it like full metal chain armour. Even in the face of adversary, confidence gets you out of many pitfalls. Just don’t overdo it or it will boomerang and bite you back.
You are finally ready for that test. With all this in mind, you would do well to be cautious rather than rush through it. Even if you are a good driver, the road always has something new to test you with every day, so be careful and drive safe.
To conclude, driving tests should not be taken lightly. They are a rite of passage for almost every individual as many will have to drive a car at one point or the other.
Proper documentation gets you in the door. Your attitude and mindset are what determine your rapport with the instructor. So gear up and, happy driving.