Prepare for the Behind-the-Wheel Driving Test (+Infographic)

Prepare for the Behind-the-Wheel Driving Test (+Infographic)

Are you feeling stressed out about your behind-the-wheel driving test?

It’s okay. You’ll do a great job! 

If you’re feeling worried about passing, take a look at our tips to help you prepare to pass your test. One of the most important things that will help alleviate your stress is to simply be prepared for anything that the examiner will ask you to do! The best way to do that is just to get enough practice and know what you’ll be tested on.

What do you need to know?

The biggest concern when trying to practice for the behind-the-wheel test is usually feeling like you aren’t prepared — for one reason or another. Luckily, there are different resources available to you and things that you can do that can help you learn everything that you need to know before you take your behind-the-wheel test.

  • Take driving lessons with a licensed driving instructor
  • Find the list of maneuvering skills that you will be tested on
  • Practice driving around the area where your road test will occur

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Tips to Prepare for Your Driving Test

Practice what you’ll be tested on.

Once you find out exactly what you need to know and how the test works, you will be able to feel more at ease. Knowing what you need to practice goes a long way towards building confidence in your driving skills! A simple Google search can usually help you find helpful resources to guide you on your way.

For example, in Ohio:

  • The behind-the-wheel test is actually composed of two parts, a driving test and a skills test.
  • The BMV website outlines what drivers will be tested on for both.

Check your progress.

Practice until doing the different actions is almost second-nature. Once you feel like you’re able to do the different maneuvers and know the rules of the road, do a few mock tests with a family member!

Tips:

  • Make or find a checklist that you can use to simulate the examiner’s checklist for your exam.
  • Practice driving around the area of your test site so that you are more familiar with the roads and traffic flow.

Tips for the Day of the Driving Test

Have a nice, presentable car.

A simple way to get yourself into a positive, healthy frame of mind is to have a nice environment that surrounds you! Just like the refreshed feelings that can come from spending time in a clean room in your house, you can similarly be refreshed and more at ease when you have a clean and functioning car to drive. Make sure that before your driving test, you’ve cleaned up any trash, adjusted your mirrors and seat, and checked your oil and tires.  If you want to go the extra mile, consider getting an air freshener for your car. Your examiner might really appreciate it, too!

Wear the right clothes.

You should always dress in clothing that doesn’t restrict your ability to move and maneuver. However, it’s even more important to do this when you’re going to take a driving test!

Treat yourself.

If you’re about to take the test, do something that will help take the edge off your nerves. Maybe that means seeing a movie in the morning, or having a nice lunch. Give yourself some ‘you’ time and try not to stress. You’ll get through this!