Practice makes perfect! We know you’ve heard that before, but it’s especially true with driving. The more experience and practice you accumulate before your road test, the more prepared you will be to pass the road test on your first try and earn your driver’s license.As you can see elsewhere on our website, our students pass the road test well over 90% of the time on their first or second try! We believe there are specific reasons why we see all types of new and inexperienced drivers achieve these outcomes.
Professional instruction is important for several reasons. First, a professional driving instructor is more familiar with the rules of the road than the common driver, which means you are more likely to learn from these professionals the proper habits for driving safely, confidently and correctly in all driving situations.
This is also a reason why we recommend that parents coordinate their own driving instruction with our professional driving instructor. This will help to ensure that the parent is not accidentally passing bad driving habits onto their new teen driver. When parents are teaching their children how to drive, they need to make sure that they also follow the same rules of the road by not using their cell phones while driving, to obey all of the speed limits and to practice and demonstrate safe defensive driving techniques to their new teen driver. Remember, teens will emulate what they see!
Lastly, professional driving instructors are usually familiar with the actual road test location. This means that you will be able to practice driving on the actual test route or a similar route. This helps new drivers become more comfortable with the actual road test before it is administered.
Our driving school offers a number of different hourly packages to meet the individual needs of our students. For example, teens often do not have their own cars to practice with so longer practice sessions from a professional driving instructor can help make up for that lost time. If you do have access to a car, then you can choose fewer hours of professional instruction simply because you have a car to use for practice in your spare time.
Either way, the bottom-line is that you will need a lot of practice in order to pass the road test. Road test administrators have dozens of criteria they are using to evaluate your performance and they take their jobs very seriously. Seemingly small mistakes in turning, parking, speeding and more can translate into big point deductions quickly and can cause you to fail your road test.
For this reason, it is important you receive as much driving practice as possible because this is the only way to become an experienced driver with good habits and judgment calls.
This is probably a no-brainer, but if the vehicle you bring to the road test is behind on inspections, registration, insurance or if it has any mechanical or safety defect, the MVA examiner will not be able to take the road test in that vehicle.
Let us know if you would like to use one of our vehicles for your road test – that is one way to deal properly with this requirement. Besides, if it is a vehicle you have used for practice, you are more likely to do well on the road test.
Good drivers make consistently good decisions. Driving requires making lots of big and small decisions quickly and correctly and that requires confidence in your driving skills. Sometimes even the best drivers will get nervous during the actual road test and the loss of confidence will negatively impact their performance on the test.
Our suggestion to deal with this is simple: be confident in what you know and take the test only when you are ready. If you have received professional instruction and have practiced your safe driving techniques, then what you know about driving should be sufficient to earn you a successful outcome on test day.
Just be confident in the skills and instincts that you have developed through your hard work and practice. Then take a deep breath on test day and go show the examiner how good a driver you have become. When the test is over, go inside and get yourself a driver’s license. You’ve earned it.