Getting a driver's license involves a series of tests. Tests include written and practical exams. The first step is to read and understand state rules regarding driving and road safety before doing the actual driving test. In some cases, in fact, it takes months before you buckle up your seat as a student driver. Reading and practicing may be boring but they are necessary. Take a look at these important materials and resources to get you started:
1. Driver's License Manual or Review Booklet - Yes, it's still better to read the manual first. Consider this as your all-important book to beat the theory test, driving theory and the learner's test. Get one from your local driving bureau or you could search online. Most of the sites may provide them for free. Just type in what state you belong to and the search engines will do the rest for you.
2. Review, Learn and Play - One method to retain all that information you read from those books is to do practice questions. The other is to have fun while doing it. Ace your written tests and practical test by enjoying these freebies and "payware" online:
- driverexams.com - Pay $20 and get state-customized exams from California, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Texas.
- testquestionsandanswers.com - This site provides practice tests for driving license, whether for a motorcycle, a car, etc. What's good about this is it features 50 states! Take note: You need registration and a handy credit card. Test Questions and Answers guarantees money back if you're not satisfied.
- ezdrivingtest.com - You may want to check out this site's free tests for driving tests. Claiming to contain about a thousand questions for a state alone as well as easy-to-read material, the site even has games to keep you amused.
- theorytest.net - This is another site that features free questions for a trial period. Register and answer "actual questions taken from the September 2008 DSA" written tests regarding theory of driving, road signs and more.
- driversed.com - This site features study guides for both Canadian and American residents. A fun and easy place to learn, the site has games for the young and the young at heart.
3. Driving Lessons Galore - Finally, get behind the wheel with an experienced driver. You can choose your dad, a friend or a driving instructor to supervise. (You may check for available centers in your local area.) Start with an available space such as a parking lot before practicing on the streets (and before you wreck the car). Make sure you are wholly familiar with the car's brakes, dashboard, side mirror control, head lights, turn and hand signals, steering wheel manipulation, gas pedals, etc. How much you should practice a day depends on your pace. According to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, a teenager needs about fifty hours of practice driving before he/she could drive safely alone without supervision. You may not be a teenager but you may still need as much time. Remember, driving is a skill, not a talent.
4. Don't forget to look. Review basic skills such as backing, regularly checking the side mirrors, watch out for speeding, and concentrating on the road.
The driving test awaits. It's time to read, review and practice. Good luck!