3 ways to pass the driving test

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3 ways to pass the driving test
3 ways to pass the driving test

There comes a time in everyone's life when they feel the need to get out and explore life on the road; of course, it is better to do it legally, so you will need your papers. The idea of obtaining your driver's license can be intimidating, but with a few simple guides, you will soon be on the road to success!


Method 1 of 3: Part One: Prepare for the Written Exam

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Pass Your Driving Test Step 1

Step 1. Get a driving guide for your state

Every state has them, and that's where you'll find everything that will be on the written test and driving test.

  • You'll learn the basic rules of the road, when to stop for emergency vehicles (it's always a question on driving tests), speed limits in various zones (another favorite), how to handle accidents, and more.
  • Read it chapter by chapter, make notes if it helps you remember, and have someone give you a quiz after each chapter. If you can answer 80% of the questions, go to the next chapter.
  • When you finish the manual, ask for another exam of everything. Any chapter that doesn't go well for you, review it. If you go through the manual three times in three weeks, your chances of passing your exam are very high.

Method 2 of 3: Part Two: Prepare for the Road Test

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Step 1. Practice driving

Most states have regulations regarding how much experience you have behind the wheel. Some states have free driving courses, either with a school or a professional instructor.

  • Some states also have star student permits. Although they won't directly help you pass your driving test, being a good student will usually make it easier to meet the requirements.
  • Driving students must have a licensed driver with them at all times. In some states, having a license is all your passenger needs. In other states there are age restrictions, or restrictions based on how long the person has been licensed. You will learn these rules and restrictions in the driving manual that you will study.
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Step 2. Practice driving on the test routes

Find out in advance where you will take the practical test (the driving part). Although it may be illegal in your state (read the manual), unless you are following specific routes, there should be no problem driving in the general neighborhood.

  • That's generally not necessary, unless you're such a bad driver that you need a head start. If that's the case, you'd better not rush to get a license.
  • Practicing all the basic maneuvers - stopping, starting, signals, backing up, parking, obeying speed limits, and all traffic control signs and signals - are things you should practice.
  • One of the biggest things the examiner will look for is whether or not you are in full control of your vehicle. If you are intimidated by the car, stop and start abruptly and generally show a lack of confidence in your driving, that will work against you.
  • If you go over the speed limit, run a red light or stop sign, or make other mistakes like that, you can practically count on having to retake the test.
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Step 3. Familiarize yourself with the signage

Knowing the traffic signs, hand gestures, when to pass, how and when to stop for emergency vehicles will count. Read the manual! Know the rules and you'll be fine.

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Step 4. Go drive with your parents

The morning before your test, ask them to supervise you, and make sure you check all your mirrors correctly and do all your maneuvers the same. This will help you gain confidence.

Method 3 of 3: Part Three: Passing the practical exam

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Step 1. Make sure your car is ready for the test

Your registration and insurance must be accessible. The tires must be properly inflated and in good condition, the lights will need to be working, as will the windshields with full cleaning fluid, all instruments (especially the speedometer) working properly, and turn off the radio when you arrive.

  • There should be no cracks in the windshield.
  • Make sure your car is not fuming. If the examiner feels that your car may not be safe, they can send you back.
  • Adjust the seat to suit your height and style. You should sit at least 25 cm away from the wheel and your hands should be bent at approximately a 45 degree angle, taking the wheel at 4 and 8 o'clock. (The old rule was 10 and 2, but the airbags have changed it.)
  • Make sure your feet reach the pedals properly, so that you don't have to reach for them or are crowded into your seat.
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Step 2. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your appointment

Bring your Driver Log, driver's education certificate, the time you have driven with a certified driver, your learner's permit, and any other paper or certificate you require, including your Social Security card and birth certificate for identification.

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Step 3. Get in the car with the examiner

Relax and be friendly. You won't lose points for being obnoxious necessarily, but if your examiner needs to make a judgment about how you drive at some point, ask yourself: would you be more tolerant of a nice person or a jerk?

Ask all the questions you have before the test and during the test as well if you are confused. The examiner will be happy to answer them

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Step 4. Always drive at a safe speed

This does not simply mean the speed limit, conditions may necessitate a safe speed. Under no circumstances exceed the speed limit.

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Pass Your Driving Test Step 10

Step 5. Practice situational awareness

Check your mirrors regularly. Do this a little more exaggeratedly than normal, just to make it clear that you're doing it.

  • Keep your head moving, looking out the windows at traffic, pedestrians, children, the elderly, etc.
  • Keep your eyes on the road, not on that attractive guy or girl walking down the street. Your examiner will see them too, and will check what has your attention: the road or the person. If you want to pass, the answer has to be the path.
  • When you change lanes or turn, turn your head to look behind you. Your mirrors are helpful but they are not foolproof. A combination of your eyes and mirrors are best.
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Step 6. Obey the signs

Come to a complete stop at stop signs. Look everywhere before continuing. If there are other people at the stop sign, make sure you yield and then take your turn when it's your turn.

Be sure to mark all turns, lane changes, and any time you intend to change direction

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Step 7. Park with confidence

Practice with your driving instructor or one of your parents before taking the test so that you can do a good job parallel parking and backing up.

  • Parallel park as best you can. Make sure you put your indicators, because if you don't you may fail. Try not to hit the sidewalk; go slowly and carefully, looking back and to the sides as you do so.
  • Remember, it's okay to hit the sidewalk carefully, just don't get on it. You will lose some points, but that is better than failing the exam.
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Step 8. Thank the examiner

When you return to the motor vehicle department, listen to what the examiner has to say. They will probably mention what you did wrong, and a bit of what you did right.

Then they will tell you if you passed or not. Whatever the outcome, kindly thank them. If you passed, you will be happy, and it is always good to be nice. If you failed, you will have to go back, and you may get the same examiner next time. If you get mad and call the examiner a bitter old man who needs new glasses, he will probably be tougher on you next time

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Step 9. Congratulations, you have passed

If you read this tutorial and studied the manual, it is very likely that you have passed your driving test. Be careful on the way!


  • Greet the examiner and be friendly. Greet them at the beginning and respond if they try to make conversation during the exam; However, try not to talk too much, as this may distract you from your driving.
  • Not all examiners are friendly. Sometimes you can get hit by examiners who yell at you, and make nasty comments about how you drive. Try to block them and more importantly, focus. Never take his words seriously, maybe they just had a terrible fight with his wife, and listen if they give you good advice.
  • Familiarize yourself with the location of the different controls on the car that you will use for the test. They may ask you where various switches are (lights, windshield, etc.)
  • Do not tell anyone that you are going to take your exam. That way you won't feel the pressure of having to admit to everyone the next day if you failed.
  • When making a turn, you should always look both ways so you don't hit other cars.
  • Stay calm and focused.
  • When you're crossing an intersection, make sure you turn both ways to check for traffic.
  • Drive more than you need, you will feel much more experienced and more comfortable.
  • Calm down and relax. You are able to do this.
  • Avoid slowing down before you switch cars. Try to maintain the same speed so that you do not disturb the flow of traffic.
  • Failing is not the worst thing in the world. Just schedule another test. Do not be discouraged! You will get it eventually.
  • Look at your blind spots ALL THE TIME. Don't start too slow, allow adequate space when changing lanes.
  • Try not to hit anything or anyone.
  • Overemphasize each movement like turning to check your blind spots or using your signals ahead of time.
  • Avoid cones.
  • Make sure you know the proper steps to park down the hill or up the hill.
  • If you can, take the test in the vehicle you are most used to using. The vehicle must meet safety standards, so it is recommended that if you use your car you take it for service first.
  • Whether you pass or fail, thank your examiner, especially if you fail - you may have given him a scare!
  • Always stop behind the boundary lines (you can always go a little forward after you've come to a complete stop).
  • A common mistake many beginners make is braking too hard. Make sure you take your foot off the accelerator early and go without accelerating before applying the brake to finish the movement. If you move directly from the throttle to the brake, you will stop short and lose points. If you do this often, you may end up failing the test just for this.
  • Always find where your lane is.
  • A green light usually means go ahead! when you turn around. If you are turning through an intersection on a green light, wait to see if cars in another lane have a red light.
  • Feel free to admit that you are nervous.
  • Take a driver education course. They will go over the track with you and it will greatly improve how you drive.
  • Have your supervising driver make a test track for you.
  • If possible, schedule your test for an hour when there is less traffic.
  • If and when your instructor asks you to park up the hill on a curve, make sure you remember the three special words. Mirror, signal, blind spot.
  • Talk to a good friend beforehand to make you feel good.
  • Do not park in parallel. You will lose a few points, but you will not risk failing for hitting a pole.
  • Get a good night's sleep and breakfast. You will feel more alive, without sleep and without hunger.


  • Depending on where you live, the test drive may not cover absolutely everything to do with driving (e.g. hitting the road, dirt, etc.) So just because you have your license doesn't mean you know everything about driving, and there are some things you can still learn.
  • Don't curse, use rude gestures, or especially don't get mad at the instructor in the car; it will leave a negative mark on your report, or it could cause you to fail immediately.
  • The examiners are people like you. They want to see you pass the test, but they have to make sure that you will be a good driver. Exude confidence (not arrogance), obey the rules of the road and you will pass.
  • Don't try to see what the examiner is writing on their sheet, just focus on driving. If you make a mistake, don't worry. Thinking about what has already happened will only make you make more mistakes.
  • Depending on where you live, just because you passed your test doesn't mean you have a full license. Remember to follow any restrictions your license has or there will be consequences!
  • Don't think that just because you have your license means that it cannot be taken away.
  • Always turn off the radio before the inspector gets in the car. This will make it seem like you never listen to it.
  • Always practice with a licensed driver. If you are detained without your permission, they may not let you get your license until you are 21!

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