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Video:Tips to Pass the Driving Test

with Januarie Joubert

Your driving test needn't be a stressful ordeal. By studying the most important parts of the driving test, you'll pass without worry. See our tips to prepare for and pass your driving test.See Transcript

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Transcript:Tips to Pass the Driving Test

Hello, my name is Januarie Joubert, I’m one of the senior instructors with the Professional Driving School of the Americas, in New York City, and I’m here today with About.com. I’m going to go over with you some helpful tips to go about passing your road test.

Anyone that’s going to go take their road test, these are the following list in order of the things that you want to make sure that you do.

Bring Valid Learner's Permit and Tags

One, you want to make sure that your permit has not expired. You want to make sure that you bring your five hour class certificate. And you want to make sure that that hasn’t expired before you get there.

You want to make sure that the inspection and stickers and registration for the vehicle is also current because inspectors will check that and if it’s not you will not be able to take your test.

Follow Instructors Directions Closely

From the student aspect, when they’re in the vehicle, about to take the test, you want to make certain that you follow the instructions of the instructor. The DMV inspector will tell you what it is he or she wants you to do and you can only do that.

Wear Your Seatbelt

So, when you get into the vehicle and you put on your seatbelt, because driving without a seatbelt is against the law, and you can’t do anything that’s against the law. If it’s raining outside, you want to make sure that you put on your lights and your windshield wiper blades. Because if you take off without having the lights and the washer blades on - it’s against the law to drive without that if it’s raining.

Check Mirrors Before Pulling Into Traffic

When you get ready to leave the curb, do not take off until the inspector tells you go ahead and proceed. Unless they tell you to take off, you do not take off. And they’re going to tell you to make sure that it’s safe before you take off. So, what you would do is you would check your rear view mirror, your side view mirror, and you check your blind spot. If nothing is coming then you go ahead and take off. If there is something coming, you’re not going to go ahead and pull in front of a moving vehicle – you just patiently wait.

Practice Your Turns

Turns are the most important aspect of the test. Because it shows exactly where your lane positioning is supposed to be for the vehicle at all times. If you don’t know that – then you don’t qualify to receive your license.

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