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The thought of taking a California driving test can be daunting, but fear not! If you're ready to get behind the wheel, we have the information you need. Just follow these steps and you'll pass without a hitch.
Like anything else, it's best to practice your skills ahead of time to help calm your nerves and gain confidence on the big day. The night before the test, it might be a good idea to reread the California Driver Handbook or take an online practice test (included with our California online drivers ed course) to refresh your memory of the rules of the road.
Don't forget to bring a valid learners permit with you.
Know your vehicle! The test administrator will you ask to demonstrate the following:
They will also inspect these items to make sure they're in safe working condition:
A key part of SMART driving is vehicle control. That's why road examiners will focus on how you control the vehicle to ensure that you can perform a range of tasks successfully and without hesitation whether you're in streets, traffic, or freeways. This includes steering, turning, accelerating, braking and stopping, and switching and maintaining lanes.
The test examiner will make sure you know about driving rules and regulations, which include passing in the correct lane and knowing when passing other vehicles is prohibited. You will demonstrate to them signals for lane changes and turns using both lights and arm signals.
You must also understand and apply rules of right-of-way, which includes maintaining a space cushion with a four-second following distance.
If you go over the speed limit or roll past a stop sign or red light without stopping, you can expect to fail your road test. And, don't forget the basics of putting on your safety belt and placing both hands on the wheel.
While it may feel like an eternity, the road test is only 20 minutes. During the test, the examiner will ask you to perform several things to demonstrate your skills as a safe and confident driver.
Be sure to listen to what the examiner is asking you to do and don't be afraid to ask questions if you're unclear. It's okay to feel nervous, but the examiner is there to help you and make sure you're ready to be a safe, legal driver!
The examiner will note and grade your alertness and how you obey the rules of the road. You will also be marked on how well you share space and communicate with other users of the road. Some of the required maneuvers include:
Here are few of the things (along with tips) that are included on a driving test. Practicing each maneuver several times with a supervising adult will help you ace the driving test: