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First, plan to show up early for your appointment. Being late is an easy way to fail without even getting a chance to take the test. Make sure you got enough sleep the night before: you want to get there early, alert, and confident.
Make sure you have your valid permit with you.
Make sure you've really worked through your required 30 hours of practice driving. "If you have practiced the full 30 hours, you should have the confidence and skill level to pass the test," says Marty Fadness, owner and founder of Wisconsin's Safety and Respect Driving School.
Check your vehicle! The following items will be inspected and must be present and in safe operating condition:
Vehicle control is one of the most important parts of safe, SMART driving, and that's exactly why the road test examiners pay such close attention to it. You will need to be able to perform the following basic tasks smoothly and without hesitation.
The road test examiner will be very alert to make sure you recognize and properly handle intersections, including uncontrolled intersections. You must understand and properly apply the rules of right-of-way. You'll have to maintain your space cushion, with a four-second following distance, and clear to your sides.
You will need to know how to handle roundabouts. You will have to recognize and drive safely and legally through a school zone and a railroad crossing, and you will need to know how to respond to a school bus with flashing lights.
And, in case you were wondering, if you change lanes or turn without signalling? You will almost certainly fail your road test on the spot. You'll want to make sure your safety belt is on, and that you've got both hands on the wheel, too.
The skills test will last between 15 and 25 minutes. During the skills test, the examiner will tell you where to drive. Be very careful to understand what the examiner is asking you to do, and don't be afraid to ask questions: if you do what you think the examiner is asking, instead of doing what they're actually asking, you will not pass the exam. Don't be afraid of the examiner! They are there to help you, and they only want to make sure you are ready to be a safe, legal driver.
The examiner will study and grade your attention and alertness, how well you obey traffic rules, and handle the car, including shifting, if the car has a manual transmission. You will also be marked on how well you share space and communicate with other users of the road. Some required maneuvers are listed below.
However, maneuvers like parallel parking or parking on a hill should not be your main focus. They are important, but not as important as your level of vehicle control, your knowledge of the law, ability to observe right-of-way, and recognition of intersections, and overall ability to drive in a skilled, controlled way, without hesitation.
Follow these tips to be ready to ace your driving test and to be a safe, SMART driver!