Nate is a 16 year-old living in Los Angeles, CA and he writes his own awesome blog at Naterocks.com.
One of the most nerve racking parts of being in High School (excluding SAT’s, grades, dating and social problems) is trying to get your driver’s license. Having failed the DMV driving test twice so far I decided to sit down and find out some ways to be less nervous and to do better than on the test.
- The DMV is not your friend.
- When you go to take the test do not expect the DMV to be your friend. Don’t expect your examiner to want to talk with you or even be nice to you. They are not there to help you they are there to see if you can drive. They won’t answer your questions so don’t ask. Think of them as a GPS system, all they will tell you is where to make turns.
- While the DMV is not your friend they are also not your enemy.
- Even though the DMV won’t be nice to you, they also won’t go out of their way to be mean to you. The examiner is only there to see if you can drive safely. If you drive fine when you are with your parents and driving instructors then you will be fine when you drive with the DMV, they aren’t there to trick you and won’t ask you to do anything illegal.
- Practice, Practice, Practice!
- The best way to get ready for the test is to practice in the area that you are going to take it, in the car that you are planning on taking it in.
- Know your DMV.
- Even though the DMV will never be completely nice or kind to you, some DMV offices may be nicer or more lenient that others. For example if you live in Los Angeles, the Santa Monica DMV is a lot meaner than the Winnetka DMV. Ask your friends or use a website like Yelp to see what other people have to say about the DMV office where you want to take your test.
- Use the resources that your DMV has to offer.
- Most DMVs have some kind of test prep material on their website. Considering that the DMV has the most experience with the driving test they are probably the best place to go for advice. Also the California DMV has a youtube channel that may be of help to California residences and Non residences alike.