Tips on Driving
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June 28, 2010 2:15 pm at 2:15 pm #591865
I finally worked up my courage to take driving lessons and actually my test is this week, and i’m extremely nervous! Does anyone have any driving tips for the road test, and for just driving in general? Thank you.June 28, 2010 5:14 pm at 5:14 pm #745991
Just to add on- also things that i should look out for by the actual test-thanxJune 28, 2010 5:25 pm at 5:25 pm #745992fulltimenewsMember
One important thing to know is, that the dmv inspector usually focuses on your confidence at your road test, so make sure not to be nervous while having the test & not to look around more than supposed to.June 28, 2010 5:34 pm at 5:34 pm #745993the.nurseMember
Much better to look nervous than to look over-confident. Don’t try to be ‘cool’ -like driving with one hand on the wheel or anything like that. Most instructors will fail you if they think you are way too confident.June 28, 2010 5:43 pm at 5:43 pm #745994
Are you trying to confuse me? lol. the.nurse-don’t worry somehow i don’t think i’ll be over confident.June 28, 2010 5:57 pm at 5:57 pm #745995the.nurseMember
Lol, sorry, blinky, i know it sounds very confusing! Either way, good luck!!June 28, 2010 6:24 pm at 6:24 pm #745996dunnoMember
1. Make sure to signal when pulling in and out of the starting point.
2. Don’t hit the curb when parking!
3. When switching lanes, make sure to glance behind you – don’t just rely on mirrors.June 28, 2010 6:57 pm at 6:57 pm #745997
dunno (and others)…thanx-especially #3, i didn’t know that.June 28, 2010 7:13 pm at 7:13 pm #745998WolfishMusingsParticipant
I know it’s going to sound trite — but try to calm down and relax. The calmer you seem, the more confident the DMV inspector will be. If he sees you’re highly agitated and/or nervous, then he’s may prejudge that you aren’t ready for the test.
The WolfJune 28, 2010 7:33 pm at 7:33 pm #745999
Okay ill try. Anything else?June 28, 2010 7:50 pm at 7:50 pm #746000
If you fail your test try again. Most people dont make it the first time!!!June 28, 2010 8:03 pm at 8:03 pm #746001
Can s/o briefly tell me the rules of right of way by stops and turns? The book is a little confusing.June 28, 2010 8:11 pm at 8:11 pm #746002yeshivaguy1Participant
always look both ways by a stop sign. I’m not sure what state you’re from but in some states the test is giving in a parking lot. It’s not very easy to notice the stop signs so keep an eye out for themJune 28, 2010 8:13 pm at 8:13 pm #746003philosopherMember
Much better to look nervous than to look over-confident. Don’t try to be ‘cool’ -like driving with one hand on the wheel or anything like that. Most instructors will fail you if they think you are way too confident.
That helped me get my license the first time I took the test. I was SURE I was going to fail and very nervous about that.
At the end of the driving test, as I suspected, the DMV inspector told me that I failed. I said “I knew it! But please tell me why I failed.”
He said because I forgot to lock the doors. I looked at him dumbfounded because nobody ever mentioned that you need to do that. Then I realized that he was joking and I did indeed pass the test.
Confident or not, I wish you a huge dose of siyatta dishmaya!June 28, 2010 8:23 pm at 8:23 pm #746004chesednameParticipant
here is the best advice you’ll get.
postpone the test, and take more lessons.
just from the few posts you have here, i gathered you have no idea how to switch lanes, and not sure about stopping and turning.
hmmm that’s almost everything there is to know about driving.June 28, 2010 8:29 pm at 8:29 pm #746005
philosopher-i hope i get your guy:)
Chesedname-my instructor said i don’t need more lessons-there is just so many rules, i just want to hear advice from more “experienced” drivers who have already been there done that.June 28, 2010 8:37 pm at 8:37 pm #746006
Also about the changing lanes-I really meant that i know it -its just its a stupid thing to forget during the test. My instructor said that no matter if your a great driver, most ppl get a little nervous, and can do s/t really stupid. Thanx anywayJune 29, 2010 12:14 am at 12:14 am #746007simcha manMember
Be menchlach! No matter who the inspector is, greet him/her with a “Good morning” and “How are you today?” Not only will the inspector look at you as person and not just “another test” but you’ll also feel calmer having spoken to him/her.June 29, 2010 2:45 am at 2:45 am #746008sms007Member
Make sure to turn your cell phone ringer OFF if you bring it. Also, make sure to look around you alot when parking… if there are no lines down the middle of the road on a two way street, make sure you don’t drive in the middle of the road (sounds silly, but if your used to driving with the lines, you may veer off without realizing. Make sure you know how to turn on or off the windsheild wipers in case it starts raining, which has happened in the past. Keep both- that’s right BOTH hands on the wheel the whole time. If you take one hand off, they might just fail you-at least that’s what its like where I live. and don’t forget to signal when you pull away from the curb at the beginning and back to the curb at the end. GOOD LUCK!!!!June 29, 2010 2:52 am at 2:52 am #746009sms007Member
and about stop signs- i was taught to stop by the stop line, count to three in my head and then inch up…. By an all way, whoever gets there first has right of way and then you take turns. BUT if th eother persons decide to be rude and go first anyway, don’t fight him and try to go first cuz your supposed to -defensive driving. Turns-whenever it’s clear, you can turn into the closest lane (i think the closest lane…)June 29, 2010 2:37 pm at 2:37 pm #746010
Wow guys thanx a lot!June 29, 2010 3:22 pm at 3:22 pm #746011SJSinNYCMember
Here are some tips I picked up via experience :-/ (and some from others experiences)
1) Make sure to calm down.
2) When stopping at a stop sign, make sure to fully stop, not just a rolling stop. You should feel the car jerk back slightly to a complete stop.
3) On a street with no yellow lines, look at the directions of the cars parked to double check that its not a one way. Then make sure to slightly hug the correct side of the road.
4) Make sure your driving instructor is wearing his/her seatbelt before driving, but be careful how you ask them to put it on. They can be testy.
5) Don’t drive too slow or they will ask you to speed up LOL.
I took the test at Redhook if thats of any use to you.June 30, 2010 9:45 pm at 9:45 pm #746012njgirlMember
The following is for out of NY driving tests: (hence my username lol)
-everything about trying not to look cool is totally true, as my dad says, drive like a gramma!- seriously, dont drive with one hand, stop completely at a stop sign, go under 25 mph (or, wtvr the speed limit is obviously), and if they ask you to do a K turn make sure to signal, oh, and tears wont help unfortunatly
so- i did all of the above wrong and failed the first time, but the 2nd time thru i drove the complete opposite and the tester (same guy i had before) told me i drove beautifully!! (not to brag or anything… just proving my point)
good luck!July 1, 2010 4:19 am at 4:19 am #746013newbieMember
For switching lanes, here’s something I learned in driving lessons: SMOG= Signal, Mirror, Over the Shoulder (check your blind spot), Go. They want to see you looking over your shoulder. And use your mirrors a lot- all of them. They look out for that, too. (At least here they do.) And one more thing that really helped me- someone once told me that it’s where you look, that’s where you’ll go. Look to the center of the road and that’s where you’ll end up. Don’t keep worrying that you’re too much to one side or the other.
Hope that helps. Good luck!July 1, 2010 4:25 am at 4:25 am #746014
We are all very concerned about your test so let us know if you passed it!! We hope to hear good news.July 1, 2010 3:28 pm at 3:28 pm #746015agentParticipant
I happen to know Blinky very well. She is taking her driving test today and wanted me to tell you that she appreciates all the tips and good wishes that everyone wrote in. Hope to hear good news soon!July 1, 2010 6:16 pm at 6:16 pm #746016
Hello everybody! Baruch Hashem I passed!!! Thank you so much for all your tips it helped so much!!!July 1, 2010 7:01 pm at 7:01 pm #746017
Congrats!!!July 1, 2010 7:07 pm at 7:07 pm #746018philosopherMember
Great blinky! I’m so happy for you.
So were you confident or played nervous?July 1, 2010 7:14 pm at 7:14 pm #746019
Just the opposite! I was nervous but i played confident! Its amazing but it felt good to have ppl rooting for me. And simcha man-i gave my tester a nice smile(he was a big grouch!) I think it helped!July 1, 2010 8:13 pm at 8:13 pm #746020dunnoMember
Congrats! How many times did you hear “I’ll have to stay off the roads” so far?July 1, 2010 9:32 pm at 9:32 pm #746021
Lol! I heard it once-and I also heard “i’ll be staying off the sidewalks too!!!”:)July 2, 2010 3:07 pm at 3:07 pm #746022boredstiffParticipant
Way to go blinky!! Impressed you passed on your first try!July 2, 2010 5:27 pm at 5:27 pm #746023bklynmomParticipant
The best way to learn to drive is to register for a DRIVERS EDUCATION course when in high school. I found the lectures interesting, informative and very useful for ‘real live driving’. The videos were terrific and covered material that is helpful till today. The lecture spoke all about the road test and what the point system is. DO you know that most teens fail for lack of observation? Remember 3 mirrors and the BLIND SPOT.July 2, 2010 8:01 pm at 8:01 pm #746024ronrsrMember
good driving tip from my Uncle Morty, of blessed memory:
1. Never rely on someone else to tell you that the way is clear, when changing lanes, driving in reverse, or any other time. If someone says, “you’re clear!” ignore that person, and always check yourself.
I’ve never heard this tip from anyone else, but I have followed it, and it has indeed saved several cars, and perhaps a life or two.March 2, 2011 8:02 pm at 8:02 pm #746025
Ofcourse- this is for you, hope it helpsMarch 2, 2011 9:05 pm at 9:05 pm #746026OfcourseMember
blinky, Thanks! Looks like despite being nervous, you did NOT freeze and feel like a deer looking at approaching headlights, when the examiner got into the car.
People tell me men examiners are easier. I know someone who failed a few times with women and passed with a man.
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