Helping Your Teen Practice for a Driving Test

Practicing for a driving test can be an exciting and stressful time for teens. To help them prepare, take your teen out on the road often and go over the following driving tips. Driver’s license exam testers will be looking for control, safety and conformance to traffic law, and helping your teen practice will boost their confidence and increase their chances of passing the test.

Before you turn the key – Remind your teen that the driving test starts before the car starts moving. Here are a few things they should do before starting the car:

  • Fasten the seatbelt.
  • Adjust the seat and seat back so that the steering wheel and pedals can be easily reached and operated.
  • Adjust all mirrors so they can clearly see behind and beside the vehicle.

Starting these habits early will not only help your teen pass the test, but will also instill safe driving practices later in life. Auto insurance is another thing you should look into before your teen is allowed to practice behind the wheel. Most auto insurance companies will cover teens who have a learner’s or temporary permit under the parent’s policy, but it’s a good idea to call and make sure.

Maneuverability – Some states require a maneuverability test in addition to a road test. The maneuverability test involves moving the car through five cones without touching or knocking them over. To practice, find an empty parking lot and set up five cones according to your state’s testing specifications. Practice the maneuverability test until your teen feels confident.

Merging and changing lanes – While your teen may not have to merge onto a freeway during the driving test, safe merging and lane changing are essential driving skills. Have your teen practice the following procedure:

  • Match speed with the lane you’re entering
  • Look to the front, back, blind spots and the side to which you’re merging
  • Switch on your turn signal
  • Check blind spots again
  • Merge purposefully and gradually into an adjacent lane
  • Turn off the signal and check the rearview mirror

Stopping – You teen should practice slowing gradually when coming to a stop sign or red light. At stop signs, make sure they stop completely, look both ways, and then proceed across the intersection. And remember to help your teen practice “cover” and “controlled” braking. Cover braking is when the driver’s foot hovers over the brake pedal in anticipation of slowing down. Controlled braking is steady, firm pressure on the brake pedal in a non-emergency situation.

Signaling – Help your teen get into the habit of using the turn signal whenever turning or changing lanes. Letting other drivers know what you’re about to do can help prevent accidents, and help your teen pass the driving test.

These are just a few common driving practices that testers will be looking out for. Check out your state’s DMV website for more information on how to practice for your teen’s driving test. Once your teen has successfully passed the test, there’s still one more step to complete before they can legally drive. Go online to find affordable car insurance companies, and don’t forget to ask about discount auto insurance for your teen. Most providers offer lower premiums to teens who earn a high GPA. Once your teen is insured, they’re ready for the road.

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