Mansfield officers help teens prep for driver’s test
We know emotions run high when you’re at the BMV for your driver’s test. You’re nervous and your palms are sweating. This is the big day! The thing that’s on your mind is whether or not you’re going to pass or fail, but what if we told you that you can be a lot more confident knowing that you’ll pass on test day? Would this interest you? Good news… You CAN! The Mansfield Police Department has created a new program for teens who want to practice their maneuverability test before their driver’s test for free.
Did you fail the maneuverability portion of your driver’s test at the BMV? If so, the new teen driver traffic cone program is perfect for you. This is especially true if you haven’t taken the driver’s exam yet. You can practice the maneuverability part of your exam before the big day! Granted, you were able to do this without this new program. But you probably don’t have cones large enough to see over the steering wheel.
No cones? No problem.
A struggle for parents was access to these cones since it’s not every day that they have a set of orange cones lying around in the garage. Even if they did have a set of cones, they’re probably too small to see over the steering wheel. And the Mansfield Police Department recognizes this. That’s why they have created a new teen driver traffic cone program.
Police Chief Ken Coontz tells reporters that he hears complaints from parents that don’t have the kinds of cones that the BMV uses on test day. This makes it hard for their children to practice as if they were actually taking the driver’s test.
How does it work?
Think of the program as a library for cones. For now, the Mansfield Police Department has three sets of five cones that people can check out and borrow over a 10-day period. The department will even give information on how to be a safe driver.
Parents or guardians over the age of 18 can go to the police department and sign out the cones for their teens.The cones can be signed out Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 a.m. It’s a good idea to call ahead of time to make sure that they have cones available. You can contact the Mansfield Police Traffic Section by calling 419-755-9738. Remember, teens must have a permit in order to practice driving.
What is the driver’s test like?
The driver’s test has two parts: the driving part and the maneuverability part. According to the BMV, you will need to perform the following for the driving test:
- Stop and start
- Turn around and back up
- Perform turns
- Use vehicle turn signals
- Drive in the correct lane
- Maintain a safe following distance
The maneuverability part has two parts:
- Forward through markers
- Backwards through markers
Hitting a cone or “marker” is an automatic failure. That’s why it’s good to have some practice before the actual day of your driver’s test. For more information on the driver’s test and its requirements, visit the BMV website.
What happens if you don’t pass?
If you don’t pass the driver’s test, then you’ll be forced to satisfy the two BMV requirements:
- The education portion: You need to take at least four (4) hours of online abbreviated adult training or in-person classroom education at a driving school near you.
- The driving practice portion: You also need to complete 24 hours of behind-the-wheel training or 4 hours of driving practice with a driving instructor.
You’ll also have to wait a week before you can take the test again. If you don’t want to go through these obstacles, then take advantage of the Mansfield Police Department’s traffic cone program. It’s very important to practice before going to take your driver’s test!