You get the notice in the mail and it tells you that it is time to renew your Drivers License. Your stomach starts to churn nervously. Does this sound familiar? It happens each day to many Americans.
Sometimes you have to take a written test. Every now and then, you have to take the field test. If you get lucky, you might even have to take them both.
Senior Citizens, even though they have been driving longer, get up tight the most. They fear that one mistake may take away a privilege that they have had for a long time. Most Driving stations require a vision test also. However in most cases. this doesn’t concern people as much as the exams itself.
Everyone knows how important the exams are for our own safety and those that are on the road. The last thing we need is to have a poor driver coming down the road in the other lane. That is why driving exams are necessary.
There is no need to panic though. With careful thought and planning, you can pass them successfully. Here are some ideas to help you with this achievement. When you get your notice to renew, visit your nearest Driving Station. They have plenty of handouts to assist you in your study of the rules. When you get there, don’t be in a hurry to get your material and leave. If you have any questions, ask the people that work there. They are there to help. Check out the facility. How do they do the written test? Is it done on computer or is it a simple paper test? Is there a time limit? Are there a lot of distractions in the testing area? All these little things are good to know.
Now lets check out the Field Exam. Do you have to provide a vehicle or do they have their own? This is important to know as you need to be familiar with the vehicle as possible. Try to get an idea of the route that they take. Most field exams take the same route every time. Be observant. Know the test route area and where the signs are located. Are there any special obstacles in the way? This may be things like schools, railroad crossings, school bus stops, blinking caution lights, crosswalks, and yield signs. If you get the opportunity, drive the route a few times and make mental notes on traffic, and these obstacles.
The day of the exam be sure to get a good nights rest. If you have a written exam, review your notes and test material. Pay close attention to number problems. this could be things like passing distance or when to signal for a turn. Know the designs of all signs and what they stand for.
If you have to take the Field Exam, be sure your car is clean. Get rid of all cans or cups. You don’t drink or eat when you drive. Turn off your cell phone or leave it at home. No distractions needed. Take a deep breath and let it out slowly. Stretch your arms and legs quickly. Make sure you have proof of insurance and your automobile registration in the glove compartment. When the examiner gets in your vehicle, be sure they buckle up. Do not leave until they do. Next adjust your seat and mirrors and buckle yourself up. Always signal when you pull out into traffic. Always signal when you change lanes. Drive wherever the examiner tells you. They will not try to trick you. They have a job to do. They want you to succeed as much as you do. Obey all signs and road rules. Drive defensively. Don’t start a conversation with the examiner. However, do answer any question that they might ask. Relax and drive like you normally would.
When you are about to finish the exam, signal when you get ready to pull in. Put the vehicle in park and use or set the emergency brake. Always check the traffic around you before you get out.
Remember, the examiner has an important responsibility. It is his job to protect you and others on the road. They are not the enemy. There may come a time when you will have to give up the privilege of driving. As we get older, it is a well known fact that our reflexes and memories slow down. This reflects on our driving skills.
If you would fail the exam, ask if they have a remedial class. Find out how long you should wait before you try again. But, most important of all is find out why you failed.
Lastly, remember it is a privilege to drive. These exams are there for a reason. They are to help refresh your ability as a driver and to keep poor drivers off the road.