CA Driving Test Tips


CA Driving Test Tips

I’m Ed Smith, an Arden-Arcade Injury Lawyer. Receiving your driver’s license for the first time is a big milestone! It is almost as exciting as getting your first car. Passing your driving test opens the door to more independence and sure gives your parents more freedom. No more asking your folks or older sibling for a ride. Learn more about how to ace that driving test below.

Why Do We Have to Take a Driving Test?

While driving may not be a very complex task, there are certain risks that apply to you every time you get behind the wheel. One small mistake can result in fatal consequences that cannot be taken back. For this reason, every state has their own comprehensive driving test (which you must pass) prior to giving you a legal driver’s license ID.

For anyone who may be taking their driving test soon, make sure you are extremely focused before and during your test. There are certain rules of the road that are specific to California, and you will be expected to demonstrate your knowledge of these basic rules on the big day.

Preparation For Your Driving Test:

Here are some of the indispensable driving tips that will guarantee you walk out of the DMV with a victorious smile on your face:

  • Follow all traffic signs: Come to a full stop every time. Look both ways before deciding to cross an intersection. Slow down when you pass through an active school zone. Don’t forget to yield right-of-way.
  • Avoid driving fast: Going over the speed limit can penalize your test score – if you’re going too fast, you may be disqualified completely. The safe option is to remain slightly under the speed limit, but going too slow can also ruin your score.
  • Avoid tailgating: Leave a space of at least three car lengths between you and the car in front. Keeping a safe distance is necessary, because there may be times where you will need to act fast and stop suddenly.
  • Be gentle with your breaks: Slow, smooth stops are a huge expectation for all prospective drivers. This means that when you approach a red light or stop sign, you must gradually add pressure to your brakes.
  • Use the official hand grip position: Make sure that while you are being examined, your hands remain in the 10 and 2 position.
  • Don’t cross intersection lines: These lines designate the part of the road that is reserved for pedestrians to cross between. If your car crosses these lines, you are violating the law.
  • Use your turn signals: Whenever you make a turn or switch lanes, use your turn signals. Bonus points if you turn them on in advance to let others know you’re going to make a move.

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