Driving Basics: What To Know, What To Remember

Every Driver’s License test will of course have some variation, but for the most part, there are universal basics across all of them.  Here are some quick things to know and/or remember to do during your test.

The Basics

As always, you’ll want to be confident behind the wheel when taking your driver’s test. Remember to buckle in, adjust the front and side mirrors so you can see out of them,  adjust your seat to your needs, and get the car ready to go.

Drivers License Test Basics


During your test, keep an eye on your speed and the speed limit in the current zone.  Some instructors are tougher about this number than others, but as long as you keep within a few points of the speed limit in either direction, you should be fine. Don’t drive aggressively, but show confidence; the instructor won’t like it if you have to ask too many questions. Rather, react to how others drive and know the rules of the road.

Remember to keep your eyes on the road; no phone call or text is worth an accident.  Additionally, your instructor won’t let you pass if you’re easily distracted or crash the test car!

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The Drivers’ License Test: What To Expect

What To Expect On Your License Test

Whether you’re just getting your permit and eager to start, or are simply weeks away from your license test, you can benefit from this article.  It will help you know what to expect and be prepared for the test, so you can increase your chances of success.

The Basics

At the least, there are some fundamental building blocks you’ll be expected to know:

  • How to do a three-point turn (also called a K-Turn)
  • How and when to put on your seat belt, adjust mirrors, and make other technical preparations.
  • The appropriate speed to drive in a given condition, and how to control your speed so that you aren’t speeding or driving too slow.
  • The rules of the road, such as who goes first when, putting on your blinker to turn, and all-around etiquette.
  • Confidence on the road, parking, and backing in.

If you’ve mastered these techniques, you may be ready to get your license! The test is usually a few hours, and some of the challenges you face will be familiar if you’ve been out with an instructor before. For the most part, the instructor will just let you do your thing and not make too many comments or questions.

Don’t get nervous if you see the instructor making notes! Getting nervous can make you freeze, and the instructor often just has to check off items you’ve completed.  At the end of the test, it’s always good to ask for feedback regardless of whether you passed or not.

Drivers License Test

With these tips, you’ll be out of the DMV and on the road in no time! If you or your child have any questions about the drivers’ license test or the process of getting your license, please feel free to contact me.

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