Mistakes to Avoid on Your Georgia Driving Test

Here are some of the pitfalls you'll want to sidestep on the road to getting your license!

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Though getting your license is an exciting accomplishment, taking your behind-the-wheel exam can be an intimidating hurdle.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to prepare for the exam and there are also mistakes you should avoid when it comes to taking your Georgia driving test.

1. Practicing Incorrectly

In Georgia, most teen drivers are required to complete at least 40 hours of behind-the-wheel practice before getting their license. Though practicing is crucial when it comes to passing your Georgia driving test, remember that not all practice is created equal.

Though plenty of adult motorists develop bad driving habits, you'll need to do things the right way if you want to pass your exam. While practicing, make sure to always drive under the speed limit, come to a complete stop at stop signs and use your turn signals. Practicing the correct behaviors behind the wheel will ensure that they come naturally during your Georgia driving test.

2. Not Studying the DDS Driver Manual

While your Georgia driving test will focus on your practical skills, your examiner will also be watching to make sure you understand the state's highway signs and traffic laws. It's a good idea to brush up on these using the DDS Driver Manual before your exam.

It even includes a section on the Georgia driving test that outlines all the skills you'll be asked to demonstrate.

3. Not Bringing All the Correct Paperwork

This may sound obvious, but when you visit the DDS to take your Georgia driving test, be sure that you've got all the necessary paperwork. It's not uncommon for applicants to be turned away because of missing documents. You'll need:

  • The insurance card and registration for the vehicle you'll be driving during the exam
  • Documents verifying your identity, address, social security number and legal status UNLESS you have a gold star in the top-right corner of your Georgia learner's permit indicating that you have secure status
  • Proof that you've completed any required driver education courses (these vary by age)
  • A notarized certificate of school enrollment if you're under 18

4. Not Learning the Necessary Maneuvers

The DDS wants drivers to pass the Georgia driving test. That's why it outlines all the skills you'll need to ace the exam right on its website. Before you take the test, make sure you feel comfortable:

  • Parallel parking
  • Backing up in a straight line
  • Stopping at stop signs and traffic signals
  • Turning your car in a narrow space
  • Approaching intersections and yielding to right-of-way
  • Turning, passing and following
  • Using your mirrors, turn signals and driving with the correct posture

5. Getting Too Nervous

This mistake may sound like the toughest of all to avoid, but do your best to relax on the day of your Georgia driving test. If you've steered clear of the other pitfalls on this list, you'll be well prepared to impress your examiner and drive away with your license.