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Pass Your Road Test On The First Try

Aug 2, 2008
Well.. you've got your permit and a few driving lessons under your belt, and the day is fast approaching - your road test. The last hurdle to freedom. Statistics show that around fifty percent of drivers fail the first try. So you've got 1/2 a chance of passing, right? No way - why leave it up to luck? Read on for some time-tested tips and tricks that will boost your probability of zooming out of the DMV parking lot (at speed limit, of course) with a brand-new license.

You'll need these to pass:

- Practicing

- Knowing your state's traffic laws

- Confidence

All of these come with time; before anything else, make sure to get yourself enough driving experience so that things like parking, turns, and intersection procedures become second nature. Knowing when to yield and when to take the right-of-way is especially important. Once you feel calm behind the wheel, you're halfway there.

In the days leading up to your test, check the signals and lights of the car you plan to drive to ensure everything is in proper working order - so they'll let you even take the examination. If it's not the same vehicle you did most of your practice in, take it out for a few spins until you're absolutely comfortable driving it, since each car maneuvers a little differently.

If you have picked up any "special" habits over the course of your driving experience, lose them! Beware of lazy or sharp turns, one-handed driving, not stopping completely for stop signs/red lights, etc. Of course safety comes first on the road, but especially so on exam day. Your examiner will be watching you, so drive carefully and keep these guidelines in mind:

- Drive a bit below the speed limit (to help you be more aware)

- Be gentle on the brake and gas

- Keep a look out for and obey ALL signs

- Signal every lane change and turn

- Use your mirrors frequently (much more than normal, even if you feel silly)

- Always turn to check your blind spot when changing lanes (this is a big one!)

- Follow at a safe distance

- No cell phone calls or texts when driving!

These are the basics you'll be tested on, so practice! Though they may sound simple, they're easy to forget, particularly under pressure. The point is to impress upon your examiner that you are a safe, cautious driver who knows how to handle the roads. And in case you do slip up slightly - which most everyone does - keep going and don't lose your confidence.

Come test day, if you're feeling intimidated by your examiner, this trick might help: pretend he or she is a (strict, overly demanding.. middle-aged? balding?) pal who's just giving you directions to a party. Anything that works! And in case you're still anxious or overwhelmed on the big day: pause, breathe deep, and trust yourself and all the effort you've put into practicing. You can pass! Good luck - now go earn your freedom!
About the Author
Michelle got her drivers license whowh tons of practice, and can help you get yours, too. Read all about how and check out drivers ed: the game at http://www.driversed-game.com.
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