Since we go to boarding school, a driver’s license isn’t that important. However, once we graduate from Blair, knowing how to drive would be quite helpful. The act of driving isn’t too hard, however, taking the test can be very stressful, at least for me. Here are some tips that might help you get your license.
1. Don’t try to make conversation with the person:
This sounds terrible, but realistically the person who is in the car with you really doesn’t care about your life or just talking in general. I tried to tell a story to my instructor and he was so unbelievably unamused, and it was a pretty funny story. The instructors only care about you trying not to kill them. It’s better to just sit down and drive.
2. Keep your eyes on the road
If you’re anything like me, you get distracted very easily. Just don’t take your eyes off the road. Ignore all thoughts in your mind at all costs because a distracted driver is not a good driver, according to the Randolph DMV.
3. Use your seatbelt:
Make sure you and your instructor have seatbelts on before you even take the car out of
4. Fake it until you make it:
This may sound extremely unprofessional and inaccurate, but it’s true. As long as you look like you know what you’re doing, you have a good chance of giving the impression that you’re a pro. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing during my test, but faking it really does work.
5. Always STOP at the stop sign:
There is a STOP sign right at the beginning of the course (at least in Randolph, New Jersey) that many people disregard. If you don’t stop at that sign, you will fail. You have to stop at every sign whether or not there is a car anywhere near you. Say “S.T.O.P” in your head while looking left, right, and left again before you continue to drive. It is essential that you follow this step.
6. Use your blinker every time you turn:
It doesn’t matter if you don’t think you need it or not. Just use it: you can never go wrong with using it unless you signal the opposite way you actually intend to go or you aren’t planning to turn.
7. Know your left from right:
This is a very important aspect of your test. It is essential to know which way you are going. I made a terrible mistake, going left when my instructor said to go right… he was not impressed. So, don’t do what I did. Learn which way is left and which one is right.
8. Never take your hands off of the steering wheel:
If you’re like me, you talk with your hands a lot, but talking with your hands while driving probably isn’t the safest. Just remember to keep your hands on 10 and 2 the whole time and you’ll be fine. Also, if you follow Tip #1, then you won’t have any trouble not talking with your hands because you won’t be talking at all.
9. Learn how to parallel park before the day before your test:
Parallel parking is definitely one of the more important parts of the test. In my opinion, it is also one of the hardest parts of the test. I did a very stupid thing and thought that it would be a good idea to learn how to parallel park the day before I took my test. It was one of the most stressful things that I have done, plus I didn’t park correctly during my test anyway. Parallel parking isn’t too hard once you practice enough. I recommend leaving at least a full week to practice parking just so you don’t hyperventilate during your test.
These are just some helpful tips that could be useful. However, I’m not saying that you have to do every one of these steps to pass your test. I fulfilled 4 out of the 9 tips above and I still passed. Just don’t stress and you’ll do great.
Be sure to wear your seatbelt!
(Copyright 2019 Emma Abbott)