Get enough practice. Some drivers need more practice than others. Minors must complete 50 hours of behind-the-wheel training (including ten hours of required night driving) before taking a driving test. When you practice, pretend you are taking a driving test. Ask your accompanying driver to calmly point out your mistakes. Ask questions about a particular driving situation that may have confused you. Correct your mistakes. The next time you practice, pay particular attention to correct any driving errors you made the time before.
Practice all the driving maneuvers listed in the Safe Driver checklist below. The DMV examiner is there to ensure you have demonstrated you can handle your vehicle in regular traffic situations, not to trick you. During your driving test, the examiner will note how you obey the rules of the road and traffic signs and/or signals. He/she will note other areas in which you may need improvement.
Safe driving tips: Practice these tips to improve your driving skills:
Steer smoothly at all times.
Accelerate smoothly. Don’t race the engine or make it stall.
Stop the vehicle gently. Start braking well ahead of where you must stop to avoid sudden “jerks.” Know where to stop. Be aware of crosswalks. If your view is blocked at a crosswalk, move forward carefully and look both ways before entering the intersection.
Be sure your vehicle is in the correct gear. Don’t grind the gears. Don’t coast to a stop.
Always obey the posted speed limits. If needed, reduce your speed to adjust for existing weather, road, and other traffic conditions. Remember to turn on your lights if you need to use your windshield wipers in poor weather conditions.
Follow at a safe distance. Use the three-second rule. Increase your following distance in bad weather or poor visibility.
Know what the traffic signals mean and obey them at all times.
Always use the proper lane. Turn from the correct lane into the correct lane.
Signal for all lane changes and turns.
Always look for potential hazards (scan). Check your mirrors frequently. Always look over the proper shoulder before making lane changes or pulling away from the curb.
Drive defensively. Anticipate another driver’s errors.