Test 4 - Road Test

Practice, practice and practice is the only way to pass road test. Many people take their driving test when they have not sufficiently prepared, or have not practiced enough, or have not practiced the right way. Others get very nervous because they don’t know what to expect. Remember, the ROP examiner will ride with you only to make sure that you can drive safely and obey traffic laws. The test consists of basic maneuvers you will encounter while driving such as: left and right turns, stops at controlled and uncontrolled intersections, roundabouts, straight line backing, lane changes, driving in regular street traffic, and in some cases driving on the freeway.

ROP wants you to pass your driving test. ROPs are doing their work perfectly.
"It is better to fail 20 times to clear the DL test rather than allowing one imperfect person to drive and killing/injuring any innocent people on road".  

Preparation 

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. 

During test 

Starting the Vehicle: 

  • Adjusts mirrors and seat 
  • Fastens safety belt 
  • Knows where the operating controls are located 

Moving Forward: 

  • Signals
  • Looks in mirrors and over shoulder before pulling into traffic. 
  • Uses two hands on opposite sides of the steering wheel.

Stopping: 

  • Checks traffic (sees and reacts to hazards) 
  • Stops behind crosswalk or limit line. 
  • Stops without using accelerator at the same time. 

Turns: 

  • Slows for turns.
  • Begins and ends turns in the correct lane. 
  • Yields right of way when necessary. 
  • Accepts legal right of way when safe. 
  • Sees and reacts to hazards. 

Backing:

  • Checks mirrors and looks over right shoulder. 

Changing Lanes: 

  • Signals 
  • Checks mirrors. 
  • Checks over shoulder to view blind spot. 
  • Changes lanes safely. 
  • Maintains speed. 

Driving On The Freeway: 

  • Checks traffic flow. 
  • Times entry into freeway. 
  • Checks mirrors and over shoulder before merging into traffic. 
  • Signals early and slows on exit ramp. 
  • Adjusts speed to road conditions. 

Defensive Driving Techniques: 

  • Checks mirrors before braking. 
  • Checks cross streets before passing. 
  • Checks signal lights and signs. 
  • Keeps eyes "moving". 
  • Keeps a "space cushion" around the car. 
  • Follows at a safe distance.

After Your Driving Test

Learning to drive safely does not end with your driving test. Your license means you have met the driving test requirements. However, in everyday driving you will have to deal with many situations and problems you did not encounter on your driving test. The best ways to deal with unexpected situations is to always use the same, safe driving habits and the responsible attitude you demonstrated on your driving test.            

              GOOD LUCK!            

 

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