Getting your driver’s license is the first step to driving a car. It can be a nerve-wracking experience, and it will take some time and effort on your part. But if you put in the time and make sure you succeed, it’ll be worth it when you get behind the wheel. Here are some useful tips to help you earn your license with ease.
Take Practice Tests Online
This is one of the best ways to ensure that you’re getting the knowledge you need and to find out what kinds of questions you’ll be asked on your written test. Studying Through Zutobi or other online test-practicing websites will help you get a feel for what kinds of things can be expected. They cover virtually every topic you might come across on the test, so even if something isn’t covered in class, there’s a solid chance it will be covered in one of these tests. Reviewing them before your actual test is highly recommended. Here are some of the topic areas you can expect for your written test:
The written test is extremely likely to cover road signs. If nothing else, you’ll at least need to know the difference between a stop sign and a yield sign, for example. But beyond that, you may be asked questions about everything from turn signals to warning signs, even specific street signs like “No Turn on Red”.
You definitely shouldn’t expect safety rules to cover advanced driving techniques like slaloms or skid control – but it’s more than likely they’ll talk about speed limits, the types of cars that are allowed on certain roads (with two or more lanes), other kinds of vehicles that are allowed on the road (ambulances, taxis, etc.) and other types of safety rules like seat belt use.
Traffic laws are likely to come up as well. If you’ve ever driven at all before, it’s probably clear what these questions will cover – things like using turn signals properly and not speeding. But you should be ready for more advanced topics too – if they ask whether motorcycles are allowed on a particular highway, make sure you know that they’re only allowed in areas with no HOV lanes (and that carpool lane can’t be used by bicycles).
Don’t presume anything might not come up either – the test often throws at least one curveball no matter how much you think you know ahead of time.
Flashcards may seem like a bit of a cliche, but they’re an extremely effective and efficient way to memorize road signs and traffic laws. After all, the written test doesn’t just test your knowledge on what’s legal or illegal – it also tests your knowledge on what things actually look like. So if the stop sign is octagonal with white writing and red background, you’ll need to know that too! Most people find flashcards easier than rote memorization because there’s usually some sort of logic behind the order in which they present information – so instead of learning “A” first and then “B” later, you’ll learn them in a way that makes more sense.
In the past, flashcards have been easily made with index cards and a marker, but nowadays there are also many apps that can do it for you.
Take Driving Classes
There are very few states that allow someone to simply take the written test and immediately take to the road as a driver after passing it. Most require some sort of driving classes or lessons before you are allowed to go for your road test. This is the part that many people fail, and even more dread. The thing is, it doesn’t have to be this way. If you go online, there are some great resources out there for finding good driving schools in your area. You can also ask around – if one of your friends or relatives has recently had success with a particular instructor, chances are they will recommend them without hesitation.
When taking classes, remember not to get complacent with what you already know; challenge yourself by learning new techniques! Taking the course often offers an experience where you learn some very practical skills that will help while practicing with parents or more experienced drivers after you pass. Look for an instructor willing to offer more than just the bare minimum.
Don’t take your chances by getting to the test location right as they’re calling for you. Arrive early, preferably half an hour before your appointment time (or more if there is road construction or other delays on the way). This will give you plenty of time to ask questions about the test itself, read over any warning signs, and drive safely through what can often be busy areas during business hours. Just make sure you arrive at least five minutes before your appointment so they don’t turn you away – that would just be embarrassing!
If you’re ready to get your driver’s license, be prepared for some of the most difficult questions on the test. Pay attention in class if you take one and learn everything they tell you. Also, practice is the only surefire way to make sure you are really prepared.