ROAD TEST TIPS FOR GREATER SUCCESS*

 

DURING YOUR DRIVING SKILLS ROAD TEST, THE DRIVER’S LICENSE EXAMINER WILL GIVE YOU DIRECTIONS AS TO WHERE TO GO AND WHAT TO DO NEXT. THERE ARE NO TRICKS ON THE TEST AND YOU WILL NOT BE ASKED TO DO ANYTHING ILLEGAL. PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE INSTRUCTIONS AND ALWAYS OBEY SPEED LIMITS AND TRAFFIC LAWS. REMAIN CALM AT ALL TIMES AND PERFORM THE MANEUVERS TO THE BEST OF YOUR ABILITY. ALL TEST RESULTS WILL BE DISCUSSED WITH YOU WHEN YOU AND THE EXAMINER HAVE RETURNED TO THE OFFICE AND ENTERED THE BUILDING. THE EXAMINER’S DECISION ABOUT YOUR PERFORMANCE IS FINAL IN ALL CASES.

 

YOU ARE EXPECTED TO PERFORM THE FOLLOWING MANEUVERS:

 

·         APPROACH OF CROSSING - GET IN THE PROPER LANE AND LOOK IN EACH DIRECTION.

 

·         CHANGE GEARS SMOOTHLY AND CORRECTLY (IF YOUR CAR HAS A MANUAL SHIFT TRANSMISSION).

 

·         BACKING -BACK UP  50 FEET AT A SLOW SPEED. DO NOT USE THE REAR-VIEW MIRROR WHEN BACKING. YOU MUST LOOK TO THE REAR OF THE VEHICLE UNTIL THE VEHICLE COMES TO A COMPLETE STOP. ONLY USE YOUR MIRRORS IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO SEE OUT YOUR REAR WINDOW.

 

·         FOLLOW AT A SAFE DISTANCE - DO NOT DRIVE TOO CLOSELY BEHIND OTHER CARS. USE THE FOUR SECOND RULE.

 

·         OBSERVE RIGHT-OF-WAY - ALLOW PEDESTRIANS TO CROSS, PULL OVER AND STOP FOR EMERGENCY VEHICLES AND DO NOT ENTER AN INTERSECTION WHERE YOU WILL INTERFERE WITH OTHER TRAFFIC.

 

·         OBEY STOP SIGNS - GIVE THE PROPER SIGNAL IF TURNING, APPROACH IN THE PROPER LANE, COME TO A COMPLETE STOP BEFORE REACHING THE PEDESTRIAN CROSSWALK OR STOP LINE AND REMAIN STOPPED UNTIL YOU CAN MOVE SAFELY WITHOUT INTERFERING WITH CROSS TRAFFIC OR PEDESTRIANS. KEEP IN MIND THAT MOST INTERSECTIONS CONTAIN LEGAL CROSSWALKS; MARKED OR UNMARKED. AN UNMARKED CROSSWALK IS THE PORTION OF THE ROADWAY AT AN INTERSECTION THAT WOULD CONNECT OPPOSITE SIDES OF THE STREET.  Stop means a complete stop.

 

·         OBEY TRAFFIC SIGNALS - GET INTO THE PROPER LANE AND APPROACH THE LIGHT AT A SPEED THAT WILL ALLOW YOU TO STOP IF THE LIGHT SHOULD CHANGE. WHEN YOU MUST STOP, STOP BEFORE THE PEDESTRIAN CROSSWALK, OR STOP BAR. WHEN THE LIGHT TURNS GREEN, DO NOT MOVE FORWARD UNTIL THE OTHER TRAFFIC HAS CLEARED THE INTERSECTION. GIVE THE CORRECT SIGNAL FOR STOPPING AND TURNING. WATCH FOR "NO TURN" AND "ONE WAY" SIGNS.  Right turns on red are legally if you come to a complete stop and observe and obey all Florida Traffic Laws, rules and regulations.

 

·         PASSING - ALWAYS LOOK AHEAD AND BEHIND TO MAKE SURE YOU CAN PASS SAFELY. PASS ON THE LEFT, UNLESS THE CAR AHEAD IS ABOUT TO MAKE A LEFT TURN OR IS IN THE LEFT TURN LANE ON A STREET WITH MORE THAN ONE LANE IN EACH DIRECTION. DO NOT PASS ON THE SHOULDER (SIDE OF THE ROAD).

 

 

·         STRAIGHT-IN PARKING - PARK YOUR VEHICLE INSIDE THE PARKING SPACE STRAIGHT-IN. WHEN PROPERLY PARKED, THE VEHICLE SHOULD BE CENTERED INSIDE THE SPACE WITH NO PART OF THE VEHICLE EXTENDING OUT IN THE TRAFFIC LANE. THIS MANEUVER GIVES THE EXAMINER THE OPPORTUNITY TO OBSERVE YOUR ABILITY TO: A) HANDLE THE VEHICLE IN CLOSE QUARTERS B) JUDGE DISTANCE C) MAINTAIN CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE AS YOU TURN INTO A STRAIGHT-IN PARKING SPACE D) FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS      

 

 

·         STOP/START ON A GRADE –THIS MANEUVER IS SIMULATED WHEN THE CAR IS IN THE STRAIGHT-IN PARKING SPACE OR WHEN THE CAR IS PULLED OVER TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. YOU WILL BE INSTRUCTED TO SHOW OR TELL THE EXAMINER WHAT YOU WOULD DO IF YOU WERE GOING TO LEAVE THE VEHICLE PARKED UP OR DOWN A HILL, WITH OR WITHOUT A CURB. BE PREPARED BY KNOWING ALL FOUR MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

 

·         STOP QUICKLY (QUICK STOP) - DRIVE AT 20 MILES PER HOUR AND MAKE A QUICK, SAFE STOP WHEN THE EXAMINER INSTRUCTS YOU.

 

·         SIGNAL AND TURN - GET INTO THE PROPER LANE AND SIGNAL YOUR TURN FOR THE LAST 100 FEET. YOU MAY USE EITHER HAND SIGNALS OR MECHANICAL SIGNALS. SLOW BEFORE REACHING THE CROSSWALK AND TURN INTO THE PROPER LANE.

 

·         STAY IN PROPER LANE - DRIVE IN THE RIGHT LANE EXCEPT ON A ONE-WAY STREET. DO NOT CHANGE LANES UNTIL YOU MAY DO SO SAFELY.

 

·         TURNABOUT (THREE POINT TURN) - TURN YOUR CAR AROUND IN A 30' TO 40' SPACE OR WITHIN TWO STANDARD LANES ON A NEIGHBORHOOD ROADWAY.

 

·         USE PROPER POSTURE - KEEP BOTH HANDS ON THE STEERING WHEEL AND DO NOT REST YOUR ELBOW IN THE WINDOW.

 

INCLEMENT WEATHER: DRIVING SKILLS ROAD TESTS ARE GIVEN DURING INCLEMENT WEATHER. HOWEVER, THE EXAMINER CAN SUSPEND A TEST IF THE WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE TOO SEVERE.

 

DID YOU KNOW AFTER THE FIRST ROAD TEST IS FAILED EACH ADDITIONAL ROAD TEST COSTS AN ADDITIONAL $20 PLUS ALL OF THE OTHER REGULAR FEES. HE’S A CHANCE TO GAIN GREATER SUCCESS.

 

Lakeland Atlantic Driving School* offers a special prep class for road tests. Ninety-minute (90) minutes of in car instruction on all the required procedures to pass a Florida Road Test. Know what you are about to take and learn how to do it before you take your test. Call for availability & prices 863.298.9600

 FIRST road test fee IS INCLUDED IN THE ROAD TEST PREP COURSE.

 

NOW are you ready to take your road test*? Please call 863.298.9600 to schedule. Have a payment method ready along with your valid Florida Permit and a time and date in mind. We only do prepaid, paid in advance road tests. Any questions…………………call 863.298.9600 == Same day road test in many cases!

Some Saturdays and late appointments available.

 

*road test provided by A Treasure Coast Driving School