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Acing Driving Test With These 7 Tips

Getting a driver’s license means more freedom and independence. It means never having to ask for a ride. It also means taking the wheel and all the responsibilities that come with it. Driving is not necessarily difficult, but it can be dangerous. A single mistake on the road can lead to life-altering, even deadly consequences. This is why people are required to take a comprehensive driving test before getting their license.

If you’re planning to take your driving test soon, know this: getting your license will require preparation and utmost focus. In the months leading up to your test date, you should get a good grasp of the basics of driving as well as the rules of the road, with help from a professional instructor. During the test, you will be expected to follow every road law to a T. Only a handful of even the most minor violations can lead to disqualification, so drive like the biggest “square” on the road.

Follow these essential driving test tips below and you’ll be leaving the DMV with a big smile of success on your face:

  1. Follow every sign. Come to full stops (no “rolling” stops!) at stop signs and look both ways before crossing. Entering an active school zone? Slow down. Flashing red light at an intersection? Come to a full stop, check your surroundings to make sure the coast is clear, and continue. And don’t forget to yield right-of-way.
  2. Don’t speed. It’s best if you actually drive somewhat below the speed limit just so you don’t risk going over and getting penalized. Go slow but not too slow, and you should be good.
  3. Don’t tailgate. Leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front – at least three to four car lengths. You’ll need the distance to react swiftly in case of a sudden stop. If you get into a rear-end collision, say goodbye to a pass grade.
  4. Be gentle on the brakes. When approaching a stop sign or red traffic light, start steadily adding pressure to the brakes early on in order to coast to a smooth stop. Making abrupt, squealing stops will only serve to make your examiner unhappy.
  5. Keep your hands at the 10 and 2 position. Even if you have a more comfortable way of gripping the steering wheel, save it for later – you can always go back to your casual grip AFTER getting your driver’s license. Otherwise, the examiner may penalize you for not using the official grip position.
  6. Don’t cross the line. These are the lines at intersections which designate the area where pedestrians are supposed to cross the street. Crossing into them is a violation of the law and thus will result in a penalty.
  7. Use your signals. Even if no other cars are around, signal every time you change lanes or make a turn. And make sure to switch the signals on in advance to give other motorists or pedestrians fair warning.

After you get your license, you will come to learn that there are many bad drivers on the road. Hopefully, you will be able to avoid them without incident and have a spotless driving experience for the remainder of your life. However, if you get into an accident caused by another party, it is highly advised that you seek legal help to ensure maximum recovery for your losses. At Wilshire Law Firm, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of injured motorists throughout California. Contact us today if you need legal representation.