Driving Test Information
Studying for your driving test can be a nerve-wracking experience. If you are looking for some help, take a few moments to browse through our collection of helpful articles and advice that can help you improve your chances of doing well on your driving test.
Most driving test information is made available by the department of motor vehicles for each state. Prior to initiating a driving test, the applicant usually needs to show certification from an official driving instruction program, along with the successful completion of a learner's permit/probationary period. A short description of the three most common elements of the final driving test is captured below.
The first standard element of the driving test is a vision exam, which is designed to assess both the applicant's central and peripheral vision. Machine-based simulations are used to measure visual acuity, the field of vision and any color blindedness. If an applicant fails the vision test, they should be able to retake it once their vision has been corrected with glasses/contact lenses/other procedures.
After the applicant passes the vision test, a written examination is usually administered; this exam is intended to verify the degree of comprehension of state driving laws, of traffic signals/signage/control devices, and of the numerous factors that affect both vehicle and driver performance. This part of the test is routinely timed and administered in a multiple-choice format.
Most often, the final component of the driving test is an on-the-road exam conducted with a professionally licensed evaluator. While the applicant is behind the wheel, the evaluator will determine if they demonstrate the proper degree of vehicle control, along with the skill and confidence required to perform various traffic maneuvers-such as the proper demonstration of the parallel-parking technique. The violation of any traffic law or safety regulation (i.e. the failure come to a complete stop or to keep the hands on the steering wheel at all times) is often sufficient cause for the immediate failure of this part of the exam.
Thus, the driving test is a multi-step process-you can't progress to the next step until you've completed the preceding one. Applicants are routinely given several opportunities to pass each component of the driving test, but time restrictions may be imposed between each additional re-test. For more information, please consult the department of motor vehicle administration in your particular state of residence or interest.