10 TIPS TO HELP YOU PASS THE ROAD TEST
1. Be on the lookout for signs
Chances are your examiner will want to make sure you are able to recognize and follow basic traffic signs, so expect the route you take to have at least a few. Aside from obvious ones like stop signs, be on the lookout for yellow traffic signs indicating that you need to go slower than the posted speed limit due to something like a sudden curve or a school zone.
2. Mind the speed limit even if there is no sign
While checking for signs should be second nature by the time you take your on-road test, you should also make sure you are paying attention to the implicit speed limit if there are no signs posted. Typically, a residential road has a limit of 25 mph and a non-residential road has one of 55. As with the signs above, there is a good chance the examiner will take you to an area without a posted speed limit to make sure you know this.
3. Keep three to four car lengths between yourself and the car in front of you
It is only to easy to get distracted by the dozens of things you will doubtless be trying to make sure you are doing and fail to notice that you are creeping up on the car in front of you. Whether you are on a busy highway or on a sleepy residential road, three to four car length is the standard distance you need to keep. If you can't quite picture the length of your car, keep enough distance that, if the car in front suddenly stopped or slowed down, you would be able to avoid hitting them - otherwise known as the two-second rule.
5. Do not go over the line at an intersection
There are often marked lines or crosswalks at intersections that you need to stop behind. There may be times when you will not be able to see the intersecting road due to a crosswalk, in which case you need to slowly inch forward just enough for you to be able to see the road and no more. Also note that, while it is not ideal to stop a few inches before the line, it is much better than stopping over it.
4. Brake as smoothly as possible
Poor breaking is one of the things that test examiners commonly mark people down on. Make sure you smoothly transition from decelerating to gently applying the brakes. You need to use your own judgment based on your speed, but you generally want to start braking several seconds before you come to a complete stop.
7. Stay in the right part of the right lane
Keep your car in the appropriate lane. In general, the left lane should be reserved for passing, not for driving regularly on. However, if you are about to make a turn, you should select the lane depending on the direction you will be going in. If you need to switch lanes for a turn, make sure you do so a bit in advance in case another car tries to pass you in the lane you need to move into.
8. Always use your turn signal
Even if you think no pedestrian or other driver will see it, you need to show your examiner that you are in the habit of using your signal whenever you make a turn. You may also have occasion to use your horn, as if you need to warn drivers behind you that you are making a sudden stop, and you can be sure your examiner will take note if you forget to do so in such a situation.
9. Be observant
There are about a thousand things that can happen at any moment on the road, and this includes during your on-road test. Make sure you have your eyes peeled for things like pedestrians or obstructions. Chances are you won't hit anyone, but you need to go beyond that and show you can react well before a dangerous situation even arises.
10. Be calm
As mentioned at the beginning of these tips, an on-road test can be stressful. Nevertheless, if you are a nervous wreck, chances are you will not be able to even get the car out of the parking lot. Be watchful and aware, but recall that getting too high strung is the easiest way to make simple, obvious mistakes.
Questions on Michigan Drivers License Test
Which headlights should you use when driving behind another vehicle?
You may lose control of your vehicle on a wet road because a layer of water comes between the tires and the surface of the road, causing the vehicle to skid. This effect is known as:
If you miss your exit ramp on a freeway, do not back up. Instead,
What should you do if another driver tailgates your vehicle?
When you are approaching a railroad crossing and a train is coming, you must stop _________ from the tracks.
When exiting a freeway, you should first enter
When making a left turn at an intersection, you must yield the right-of-way to
On a four-lane divided roadway or a one-way road, a solid yellow line usually marks
This sign indicates that
When making a left turn at an intersection, you must yield the right-of-way to
If your vehicle begins to skid, remain calm and do the following
Folow these tips to pass your road test the first time!
Plan on getting to the test early. This will help you to have time to relax and prepare mentally before you actually have to take the test. Wear your seatbelt. Put it on as soon as you get in the car, before you start driving.
During the test, pay attention. Watch specifically for school zones, parks and other areas where the speed limit might be reduced. Obey all road signs that you see, especially speed signs.
When driving, hold onto the steering wheel with both hands at all times. Use proper hand placement and focus throughout the test.
There are 2 acceptable ways to place your hands on the steering wheel. Some people choose to keep their hands at 10 and 2 and others opt for 9 and 3. The reasoning between choosing 9 and 3 is that in the event of an airbag deployment you will be safer and less likely to be hit by your own hands.
Most people will fail the road test because...
Improper Lane Changes
This mistake is simple but major. If you change lanes without using your turn signal or adequately checking your blind spots, you’re putting your life and the lives of others on the road in grave danger.
Lack the Ability to Control the Vehicle
When you’re taking the driving test, your ability to control the vehicle is one of the things that the testing official will be watching carefully.
Not Confident about the Right-of-Way Law
During the driving test, you might find yourself approaching a four-way stop sign. It’s possible that no one else will be at the intersection, and all you will need to do is come to a stop before carrying on. However, if other vehicles are present, you’ll need to know right-of-way law.
Not Coming to a Complete Stop
Rolling stops are a very common (and silly!) reason for failing the test. When you stop at a stop sign or red light, you must come to a full stop. Slowing down to a near stop is not enough, and a DMV testing official will absolutely mark down your score for it.
Not Braking CorrectlyIf you want to be a good driver, you will need to learn how to work the brake pedal on your car. Different vehicles have different levels of sensitivity when it comes to the brake, so it’s important to make sure that you’ve practiced driving using the vehicle you will be testing with.
Following Other Cars too Closeley
Riding right behind someone’s bumper is a big no-no in the world of driving tests. Always be sure to stay a few car lengths behind the guy in front of you.
You would think it would be obvious to drive the speed limit while taking a driving test, but people do actually make the mistake of speeding. Sometimes, you can become so caught up in trying to drive in the correct lane, use your turn signal and control your steering, it’s easy to let that speedometer begin creeping up. Watch out going down hills!
Before you can even start driving, your car will be inspected to make sure that it meets minimum standards. Give the vehicle that you will be taking to the test site a pre-test inspection. Make sure that the lights work on the vehicle (headlights, brake lights, blinkers, etc) or you will automatically fail. Also, make sure that you understand where the basic buttons are in the car and how to use them. You should be able to turn on the AC, turn signal, wipers, lights, defrost, emergency brake, horn and hazard lights easily. Also, check your tires and make sure they are in good condition. Top off your wiper fluid, just in case, and clean your windshield. Make sure that there are no cracks in the windshield.
Adjust your mirrors so that you can easily see various road hazards. During the test the examiner will be watching to see if you use your mirrors properly, so make sure that you are ready.
Review your hand signals and practice them until you are confident. This will be one of the first things that they will ask about on the test.
Gather up your test paperwork and put it all together by the front door. At the very least you will need your permit and proof of registration and insurance for your vehicle. Additional paperwork may be needed. Make sure that it is ready to go and in a place that you won’t forget it. If you need corrective lenses to drive be sure to find them and be sure to take them to your test.
Do a little review and maybe even a practice driving run. Then, be easy on yourself. Make sure you eat well and go to bed at a decent hour so you can get a good night’s sleep. This carries over into the next morning and day.
When you get your Michigan driver’s license is an exciting venture and life changing experience, but it is also a very big responsibility.
Taking the driving test (also known as road test and behind-the wheel test) can be a little nerve wracking, but there are ways you can prepare that will help ensure that you pass that test, with flying colors, on the very first try. Here are some helpful tips that will make passing your driving test much easier and will help you pass it the first time.
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Get lots of practice. Use that learner’s permit of yours to the full if you have one. Feeling comfortable behind the wheel of your car is one of the best ways to prepare for the test. Try to practice as much as possible in the vehicle that you will take to your actual test. Each car drives a little differently and it is a good idea to be comfortable in the car you will be using. Keep this in mind when preparing for your driving test. While driving around with whoever is your driving partner to help you during your learning phase (a friend, colleague or your driving instructor), have them grade you. Let them know this is a good time to be brutally honest. Ask them to note down every incorrect lane change, every turn signal you failed to indicate, every blind spot check you didn’t perform, etc.
Empty parking lots make great drivers test practice locations. Office parking lots are usually deserted on the weekend and are great for practicing. If you can, find a couple of orange cones to borrow so that you can set up a parallel parking area.
Once you schedule your test, familiarize yourself with the testing area. Generally the driving test will be completed on the roads that are very near to your testing site. Spend some time driving around the area. Pay special attention to the speed limits, road signs and potential hazards. This way you will already know what to expect when you go in for your test. You can also employ driving training and practice test companies to help you. While it may cost you a little bit of money, it can be worth the training, knowledge and actual road experience you gain, not to mention that these are often taught by those who are aware of what the actual driving test will be like. This prepares you better, plus gives you a feel for what to expect the day of the road test. Consider this expense an investment into your driving success.
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Avoiding Common Mistakes
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