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The best thing to do is get a good night rest before the day of test. You'll want to show up to your appointment early, alert, and confident.
To refresh your memory of traffic laws, read through the Ohio Drivers Manual again and take a couple of online practice tests (free with our Ohio Drivers Education course). Make sure to bring a valid temporary instruction permit with you.
Be familiar with 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:
The test administrator 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. Remember the basics of putting on your safety belt and placing both hands on the wheel.
The road test has two parts: driving and maneuverability.
During the driving test, the test administrator will ask you to perform the following tasks smoothly and without hesitation:
The maneuverability test includes two steps: going forward and backwards through markers.
Each step is to be completed in one continuous motion. The test administrator will deduct points if you stop to check progress, bump the markers, or misjudge the stopping distance. You will automatically fail if you run over or knock down a marker.
First, you will drive forward through a box formed by four markers (see BMV's diagram below). The test administrator will tell you to steer to the right or left of the "point" marker. Afterwards, they will direct you to drive straight ahead and stop when the rear bumper of your car is even with the "point" marker and parallel with the course.
From your stopped position at the end of Step One, you will back past the "point" marker. Straighten your car and back through the box and come to a stop—with your front bumper even with the two rear markers and parallel with the course. If you stop your vehicle because of striking a marker, you'll need to go back to start and begin again.
To complete the test, you must drive away safely from the test area without running over a marker.