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PA DMV Parallel Parking Test Rules
Parallel parking is a requirement to pass the driver’s test. Having a reputation for being one of the most intimidating parts of getting your license, we’d like to help you get comfortable and confident with it. With the right information and training, there’s no need to be anxious!
Knowing what to expect during the PA DMV parallel parking portion of the road test will help you feel prepared and confident on test day. At Driven2Drive, we offer convenient and stress-free license exams at our six third-party testing centers located throughout Greater Philadelphia. Read on to learn more about what’s required to get top marks for your parallel parking when taking our PennDOT-certified exam.
PA DMV Parallel Parking Test Rules
To earn a non-commercial driver’s license in PA, you’ll need to show that you’ve mastered the art of parallel parking safely and successfully. Here are a few key things to know about what the PA DMV parallel parking test involves.
You’ll be tasked with parking in a space that’s eight feet wide by 24 feet long, marked by obstacles such as traffic cones.
If there is a curb, you must park as close to it as possible, but no more than 12 inches away. If it has no curb, you must pull as far off of the roadway as possible.
You may make up to 3 adjustments as you park in the designated spot, but you only have 1 attempt.
To pass, you must not make contact with any obstacles, drive up onto the curb, or cross over the line indicating the edge of the parking area.
Tips on How to Pass the Parallel Parking Test in PA - Space Size, Technique, and More
Stop parallel to the vehicle at the front of the gap, two feet away. Your rear wheel should be in line with that car’s rear bumper.
Indicate and check your mirrors and front windshield for cars, people, or poles.
Assuming you are parking on the right-hand side of the road, turn the steering wheel sharply to the right and reverse slowly.
As your front door passes the back bumper ahead, quickly straighten the wheels and continue to reverse in a straight direction.
When clear of the vehicle ahead, turn the wheel sharply to the left and reverse slowly towards the car behind you.
Turn your wheels sharply to the right and pull toward the center of the parking space.
Parking Aids You Can Use When Parallel Parking
There are several incredibly useful aids for parallel parking. Some of these are tools that can be bought - such as a backup camera, rear-view camera, adjusting mirrors, parking sensors, or self-parking feature. However, remember that these systems are designed to aid the driver - they are not replacements, and your attention and judgment will still be needed to park safely. You are still responsible.
Where Is It Not Allowed to Parallel Park?
Within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, unless a licensed driver remains in the vehicle to move it in an emergency.On the roadside of a parked vehicle ("double parking").On a sidewalk or in a crosswalk.In an intersection, unless permitted by signs or a parking meter.On railroad tracks.Within 50 feet of a railroad crossing.Next to or opposite road constructions or other obstructions if your vehicle blocks traffic.Within 30 feet of a pedestrian safety area, unless another distance is marked.On a bridge or in a tunnel.In front of a driveway.Within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection.Within 30 feet of a traffic light, STOP sign, or YIELD sign.Within 20 feet of a fire station driveway, or within 75 feet on the opposite side of the road.Along a curb that is cut, lowered, or made for access to the sidewalk.
Can You Fail Parallel Parking and Still Pass the Test?
If you touch the curb but don't roll over it, you should be fine. You might get some points taken off for not parallel parking correctly or for hitting the curb too forcefully, but if you don't roll over it then you should be fine.
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Driving practiceLearning to Drive: How Long Does It take? Every learner driver wants to drive confidently, become a licensed driver, and get out on the road as soon as possible. How long it takes will depend on how much you are willing to practice. It's important to practice enough to manage the car on the road confidently and safely. Choosing to learn in an automatic could shorten your practice time. Learning to drive a manual (stick shift) vehicle takes more time because you have to learn to manage the gears. It may be wiser to invest the extra time learning to drive stick shift if you want to use your driver's license more flexibly to drive other cars overseas.
How Long Does It Take to Learn to Drive Using Manual Transmission?
Once you have your learner's permit and can get out to practice driving, you will be accompanied by a professional tutor at Driven2Drive. It is worthwhile to opt for lessons in a manual transmission vehicle. Learning to control the gears brings a whole extra skill to your driving ability. Learning to drive manual vehicles is a skill that can be transferred to driving other vehicles and driving overseas. In overseas countries, a license for an automatic might not be acceptable. Other benefits of learning to drive stick shift include better driving skills and handling of a car and the possibility of work opportunities as a driver.
Learning to drive stick shift will take longer because it takes more practice. Each gear shift must be done smoothly without stalling the car, overusing the clutch, or scraping the gears. It will probably take up to 20 days of daily practice for at least an hour each day. Driven2Drive recommends that every learner should begin by learning manual driving skills as a fundamental competence that can be applied to other cars and situations. This competence makes you a better, safer driver.
How Long Does It Take to Learn to Drive Using Automatic Transmission?
Learning to drive an automatic transmission vehicle is easier and quicker than learning to drive stick shift. Becoming competent may take less than 20 days, but it still takes skill and practice. Many new cars feature automatic gears, which are simple and limited. However, driving the car skillfully means learning to use these automatic gears in all situations, including traffic, busy intersections, and pulling off on a hill. You will still need professional guidance from an instructor to establish the best safe driving habits.
Ready to arrange some driving lessons in a stick shift vehicle? Prefer to cruise in an automatic transmission car? Either way, you will need time to master driving before getting tested. Call Driven2Drive at 610 664 7400 to book a lesson two working days from now! Learner's permitWhat Happens if You Fail Your Permit Test in PA?
You're longing to be a licensed driver, but you've failed the learner's permit test. That feeling of failing is quite grim, so of course, you want to know what to do from this point. Here's our guide to the next steps.
How Did You Fail Your Test?
In the multiple-choice permit test, there may be words in some of the possible answers that make them an incorrect choice, leading to your failure. Consider some common driving test questions that could be tricky if you don't know the best practices for safety.
What Happens if You Fail Your Permit Test?
If you fail, you may try again the next day. But the best time to retake your permit test in PA is after some revision of the theory and knowledge you need before you can be a learner driver. You may only try three times to pass the permit test on one permit. If you pay and apply for another permit, that grants you another three attempts.
When you prepare to retake the test, consider these five tips for passing on your next try:
Revise your driver education theoretical material and cover all the 300 rules in the manual.Take a drive as a passenger with a qualified driver and actively observe how they follow the rules of the road, both in traffic and on the open road.Check the rules about parallel parking, as they are very important. You need to know them before you even try practicing the parking moves.Take a practice test, check your answers, and make a note of why you made wrong answers. Then take another practice test, and another, until you improve your score—aiming for 18 correct answers.You cannot predict which questions you will get in the actual permit test. It will be a random selection of questions from the 300 rules, so the questions you get in your first test will be different from those on your second try. You must get 15 of the 18 questions correct in order to pass.
We also strongly recommend that you take a look at these tips for passing your permit test for a more comprehensive explanation.
Ultimately, you want to prepare well and pass! Go back and study your free copy of the PA Driver's Manual. If you don't have one, call 610-664-7400.
When Can You Retake Your Permit Test?
If you fail your permit test, you may try again within 24 hours. Prepare to retake the test by re-studying the driver's education material, and make use of the support offered at Driven2Drive. You can take a one-hour individual or group preparation class for the test, and a full driver's education theory course, which is classroom-based. It's recommended that you use the expert help of our instructors to master the theoretical learning.
Our team of expert driving professionals is here to help you get back on your feet and ace the test the second time around. With our highly-acclaimed permit test courses starting at $55, you can be sure to get the support you need while staying on budget. Call us now on 610.664.7400 or send us a direct message to book your class today.
Driving practiceThree-Point Turns: Your How-to GuideWhen a road isn't wide enough to make a U-turn, a three-point turn is the standard way to turn around. This method is tested in all driving exams and is an essential maneuver for all drivers. You'll need to be able to drive forwards and backward, and know how to use all your mirrors and blind spots.
Before practicing a three-point turn as a beginner driver, try to find a space where the ground is even, and where you can see for about 164 feet in both directions. Quiet or empty parking lots can also work well as a safe location.
We've compiled a step-by-step guide to performing this move so that you know what you're doing when you practice, and so that you can ace this part of your test.
Performing a Three-Point Turn Step-By-Step
1. Pull over 30 centimeters away from the curb, in a place where you can see oncoming traffic from both directions.
2. Indicate right for three seconds or more.
3. Check your rear-view mirror, side mirror, and blind spot on your right-hand side.
4. Turn your wheel fully to the right.
5. Check your surroundings again for cars and pedestrians.
5. Move forward to the right.
6. Turn your wheel completely to the left.
7. Complete all checks again, in both directions.
8. Indicate to the left.
9. Turn your wheel completely to the left.
10. Check your surroundings again.
11. Reverse to the left slowly.
12. You should now be facing in the opposite direction from where you started. Check your surroundings once more before moving off again.
Things to Remember During a Three-Point Turn
Remember, three-point turns should be avoided where possible, as they take up a lot of road space - they travel over both lanes, meaning they may briefly obscure oncoming traffic.
In real-life situations while on the road, utilize a u-turn where the road is wide enough to do so, as this is quicker than a three-point turn.
Turning in the manner of a three-point-turn may actually require more than three turns, making it take even longer (and then having more chance of encountering traffic as time passes).
If traffic begins to approach slowly while you're completing the turn, don't rush - doing the turn carefully and step by step while doing numerous checks is essential to the safety of your loved ones and others on the roads. Drivers should be patient and understanding, and if they aren't, don't let them bother you!
When performing a three-point turn during your driving test, make sure that you complete all the checks according to the official defensive driving techniques.
If you happen to be on the over-confident side of things, remember not to let your guard down with procedures that seem to be more simple than parallel parking, such as three-point turns or reverse parking.
PS: If you struggle with parallel parking, make sure to take a look at the articles below:
Parallel parking test rules
How to parallel park
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Every bit of help increases your chance of passing your driving exam - book your lesson now. Driving practiceHow to Reverse Park With EaseReverse parking is backing into a parking space, rather than driving in head first. This is an important maneuver for safety reasons, especially at a location with a high number of pedestrians. The driver can see pedestrians in front of him/her/they when exiting the parking bay more easily (rather than them being in his/her/their blind spot).
1. Check the spacing of the empty space vs your vehicle.
Some cars are wider than others (such as some SUVs, land rovers, or sports cars) and some people park badly (often close up to the line or over it). Use your judgment and sense of spacial awareness to determine whether your car can actually fit into the available space comfortably. If you have any doubt, look for another bay.
2. Drive past the parking space.
Drive past the open block, making sure your back bumper is past the line that was furthest from you when you approached it.
3. Indicate in the relevant direction
If the bay is behind you to the right, put on your right indicator. If it's behind you to the left, put on your left indicator.
4. Look around you
It's vital that before any movement, you always check for oncoming vehicles, motorcycles or bicycles, and pedestrians that may be within your path or advancing to your path.
5. Put your car in reverse
Make sure the reverse gear is engaged.
6. Check your mirrors and blind spots
While keeping in reverse, look behind you again, check your rear-view and side mirrors, and check your blind spots. Checking blind spots means physically turning your head (and maybe even the upper part of your body) in both directions, in order to see the places out of the view of your mirrors.
7. Back slowly into the space while looking behind you
Reverse slowly into the open bay, while using your rear-view mirrors or side mirrors to see the parking lines. Turn your wheel fully to the left (if you are reversing left), slowly, while reversing.
8. Keep checking your side mirrors to make sure you don't hit the cars next to you
9. Once you're aligned with the bay (or the two vehicles on either side), straighten your steering wheel
10. Check your rear-view mirror and the edges of the lines in front of you
This is to make sure you don't hit something behind you. Use the edges of the other cars as a guide (of when to stop), or look behind you and guesstimate a gap of at least 10 centimeters of space.
Other top tips
Take your time! Don't be stressed by other cars and pedestrians around you (or the instructors or the driver's license holders' presence, for that matter).
Get plenty of practice in empty parking lots or your own driveway (if it's a quiet, child-free area). Try to find lots where there are no obstructions behind the car either. Only when you feel very comfortable, begin to practice where other cars are present. Practical driving testCommon Driving Test Questions to Help You PassWhen preparing for your permit test, it's very useful to know what exact questions will be asked. The written exam is a vital part of your educational journey, preparing you for the road with all the relevant knowledge about laws, signs, and rules, as well as crucial information on learning to drive. This knowledge is then transferred to the road in your professional lessons, practice, and road test. If you achieve a high score on your permit test, you'll have a much greater chance of passing your practical driving exam.
Common Driving Test Questions
The permit test includes questions about signs and lane markings, important laws, and rules of the road. The rules of the road questions account for around two-thirds of the test.
Below, we have compiled some of the most common driving test questions and their answers.
BEFORE TURNING, YOU SHOULD:
A. Use your signal
B. Turn the wheel
C. Increase your speed
D. Change lanes
The correct answer is A (use your signal). This is one of the most common and most important rules of the road, which prevents everything from tiny bumps to full-scale pile-ups.
WHEN MAKING A RIGHT TURN ON A GREEN LIGHT, YOU MUST:
A. Maintain normal driving speed
B. Stop and look for oncoming traffic
C. Yield to pedestrians
D. Increase your normal driving speed
The correct answer is C - yield to pedestrians. This might seem tricky because answer B (stop and look for oncoming traffic) also sounds correct. If you are wanting to turn but there is oncoming traffic driving through their own green light, you must wait or yield within the intersection, not stop completely. The word stop makes answer B incorrect. If you were to stop completely, you may cause a crash because there are cars coming behind you, following the green light. Another thing to note is that pedestrians always have the first right of way.
This question is very important to know, understand and memorize, as failure to do so could result in harm to others.
A FLASHING RED LIGHT AT A RAILROAD CROSSING MEANS:
A. Stop, do not proceed until signals are completed
B. Slow down and proceed if clear
C. Proceed with caution
D. You have the right-of-way
The correct answer is A (Stop, do not proceed until signals are completed). A red flashing light at a railroad means that a train is on its way. Even if you look and don't see anything, the train may be advancing very fast or from around a corner.
The answer to this question is essential knowledge - proceeding could cause a major accident involving many people and yourself. It is also important to know that in Pennsylvania, failure to stop at a road crossing is a cause for license suspension.
Additional Tips for Preparing for Your Driving Test
What to Take to the Testing Center
Before we get into too much detail, your first point of call in making sure you're prepared is gathering the correct documents and fees. Failure to bring these will mean you are unable to take the test at all. Take a look at our short article on what to bring to your learner's permit test for all the relevant information.
The Permit Test Format
The test is in multiple-choice format and includes the following. We have included links to example test questions for each of these sections, taken directly from the PennDOT website. The answers can be found at the end of each document.
Signs, signals, and pavement markings Learning to driveDriving Record Information
How Much of the Permit Test Guide Do I Really Need to Know?
PennDOT chooses 18 questions at random out of the 300 they have in their database. Remember, about two-thirds of the test contains questions on the rules of the road. Keep in mind that just because it's relatively short and presented in multiple-choice, doesn't mean it will be easy! It's vital that you study and know the 300 rules as any of them could be in the test - be prepared for anything and you'll ace the exam.
Make sure to take a look at our comprehensive guide to preparing for your permit test, too.
Let Us Help You Prepare
We offer one-hour individual and group permit prep classes, as well as a full driver's ed theory course which utilizes the latest educational technology and presents you with a certificate upon completion. Book your class today and soon you'll be driving away. Practical driving testRescheduling Your Road Test in PA: What You Need to KnowIf you've failed your road test, brought incorrect documents, or simply missed your driving exam appointment somehow, you'll need to reschedule. We'd like to make the process of re-booking as quick, easy, and convenient as possible with our how-to guide, compiled by licensed professionals based in PA.
Reasons You Might Need to Reschedule Your Test
You may be missing the correct documentation, you may bring an unlicensed or unroadworthy vehicle, or you may have made errors in the driving test and failed.
If your driver's license expired more than two years ago, you will have to retake both the written and driving exams.
If your license has been suspended, contact PennDOT to find out exactly what steps to follow to reinstate it, as every suspension situation is different.
Drivers over the age of 45 are chosen at random by PennDOT to complete vision and fitness exams, and, in some cases, may be asked to repeat the driving or written test.
For a full breakdown, take a look at our guide on when to retake your road test.
Things to Consider When Rescheduling Your Road Test
How Soon Can I Book My Next Pa Driving Test?
After failing a driving test in PA, you will need to wait at least 7 days before taking the exam again (if you're under 18) or one day (if you're over 18). However, you can book your next driving test straight after your failed test (you will be at the center anyway).
You may want to consider not booking another test for a very close date; the more practice time you have, the more likely you will be to pass.
However, don't wait too long - keep in mind that your physical exam certificate is valid for three years after obtaining your learner's license.
Identify exactly where you went wrong in the test by obtaining your score sheet from your examiner. Try to address these things specifically, through lessons with a professional instructor (who will be able to provide plenty of tips and advice) as well as through practice on the roads and at parking bays, hills, and other relevant locations.
Make sure that the licensed driver accompanying you in the car while you practice is someone you trust, and someone who will not distract you.
What Happens if I Fail the Driving Test Numerous Times?
You may only take the test a total of 3 times, after which you would need to apply for a learner's permit extension.
Remember that the same documentation you took to your first test will be needed again and that your vehicle must be licensed and roadworthy, so make sure to organize these in due time.
You may be wondering where to take your road test. Remember that it's always helpful to have a little knowledge of the area where you'll be doing your road test, beforehand. This is where using a third-party driver's license test like that at Driven2Drive can help. It will also shorten your waiting time for a booking. You can also book lessons with a qualified professional at the same center, to get you prepared. This will also allow you to get used to the yard where you'll perform your parallel parking and the route that you'd be taking in the test. Schedule your test now!
How to Reschedule Your Road Test
Reschedule at DMV or a third-party testing center (such as Driven2Drive or another center in your area, using the correct documentation).
You can schedule your appointment at DMV online, with the online using the Online Driver's Test Scheduling Service, or by calling the Call Center at 1-800-932-4600.
What to Bring to Your Next Road Test in PA
You will need to bring the following documents:
A valid learner's permitIf you are under 18, your Parent or Guardian Certification Form (DL-180C)Valid driver's license of the individual accompanying you to the test (who must be over 21 years of age)A document declaring you have passed your vision test at the PA DMVProof of vehicle insurance (You must present the original valid insurance card for the vehicle)Proof of vehicle registration (You must present the original valid registration card; a bill of sale is not acceptable)
Make sure to take a look at our article on preparing for your test and our round-up of tips on how to pass your road test to help you ace your driving exam next time.
Book your driving test with Driven2Drive now! Practical driving testHow to Avoid an Automatic Fail During a Driving Test in PAWhat is an automatic fail?
An automatic fail during a driving test is a specific required action during the test which is not completed accurately.
Learning for the driving test won't be complicated or difficult once you understand what is required, are receiving professional training, and are putting in enough practice time. We're here to help make your driving journey calm, simple, and convenient.
How Many Mistakes Can You Make on the Driving Test
The PA driver’s test scoring system is used to calculate points in the driving test. There is no particular number of mistakes that you can make; rather, each error adds points, and you must stay below a certain number of points.
While two people might make the same error, they may earn different points for that error, as a higher number of points will be given the worse the error is. For example, if your wheel touches a curb lightly, you will receive fewer points than a person mounting the curb or creating damage to the curb or vehicle.
Take a look at an example of an actual PA driving test score sheet here. Refer to the top of the page for the exact numbers you must avoid for each section.
Common Driving Test Mistakes to Avoid
Before the Test Even Starts
Firstly, make sure to bring the correct documents - failure to do so will mean you are unable to even take the test. It's also essential that you bring a roadworthy and licensed vehicle - if you don't, you will not be allowed to perform a driver's test.
During the Test Itself
If you make any of the following mistakes, you may fail immediately:
Mounting a curb (most frequently occurs during parallel parking)Rolling backward or forwardsIgnoring traffic laws (for example, if you drive through a red traffic light)Ignoring the examiner's instructionsNot being able to use the clutch or other parts of the vehicle correctly Not using your indicator SpeedingCausing an accident driving recklessly (this may include driving over an island or solid line; taking your eyes off the road; or not performing adequate checks before turning, for example).
How to Avoid These Mistakes
Acing your learner's license - getting a perfect or near-perfect score - will set you up for success. Understanding and knowing by heart all the rules or road, as well as the necessary checks for the test, is an excellent first step in ensuring you'll pass.Drive and practice in a reliable, roadworthy car so that you can take the test in the same car you practised in.Take as many professional lessons as you can afford, and listen carefully to the instructor while in a lesson.Make sure the licensed driver with you in the vehicle while you practice is someone you trust, who will not distract you or encourage you to drive incorrectly.Get plenty of practice before your test - and not only at the last minute. Identify your weaknesses or errors you seem to make often, and address these with the assistance of your driving coach and through practice.Make sure you are in a calm, focused state of mind while in a driving lesson and while practicing.Incorporate techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, mindfulness, and visualization exercises to help relieve stress and dispel any anxiety (and remember you're not alone - many new drivers experience anxiety - and your driving teacher is supporting you all the way).Master the tricky and vital parts of the test such as parallel parking and clutch control on a hill.
One of the most common places where new drivers fail during the PA test is in the parallel parking section. Before you go to your test, make sure that you understand the parallel parking test rules well, have practiced sufficiently, and feel completely comfortable performing parallel parking.
What Do Examiners Look For During a Driving Test?
Essentially, examiners want to see that you understand and are able to operate the vehicle correctly; that you are not an irresponsible or lawless driver; and that you have had enough practice to be comfortable and drive safely without making errors by mistake.
Remember, examiners are not out to get you - they are simply doing their jobs to keep the road as safe as possible for all citizens.
For more insight and tips on the exam, have a look at our articles on what to expect during the PA driving test and how to pass the PA driver’s test.
Ready to get driving? Book your lesson now to get the professional support you need to ace your PA driving test. Driving practiceDistracted Driving: What It Is and How to Avoid ItWhen your attention is not entirely on the road due to an activity or behavior, this is when accidents happen. Many things could distract a driver, and it is often challenging to stay focused. Cellphone use, talking to passengers, eating, drinking, changing radio stations, adjusting climate controls, navigation, long journeys with no regular breaks, or even your toddler crying in the car seat or a backseat driver.
According to statistics, the consequences of these day-to-day things can be dangerous or deadly. A distracted driver can't process driving-related information timeously and hazards such as cars braking ahead, debris on the road, and other reckless behavior from drivers, pedestrians, or animals.
What Are the Consequences of Distracted Driving?
According to the US Department of Transportation, a distracted driver is 23 times more likely to create a crash than driving while not distracted. The consequences can be multiple and severe.
1. Being involved in a collision.
In 2018, over 2,800 people were killed, and an estimated 400,000 were injured in crashes involving distracted drivers in the U.S. According to the NHTSA distracted driving statistics, 8.7% of fatalities involved distracted drivers in 2019.
2. Lost productivity.
While distracted driving might not lead to major collisions or serious injuries, it would still impact your productivity and ability to earn an income. Recovery time off work, being without transport, or having to replace a vehicle can be a serious consequence to your livelihood.
3. Criminal penalties.
Being caught distracted behind the wheel, using your mobile phone, for example, can lead to fines and incur penalty points on a driver's license, with potential consequences on criminal records.
4. Higher insurance premiums.
The increase in accidents means higher insurance costs. If you have a higher accident rate, the insurers have to pay for more claims. Therefore insurers charge higher premiums, often based on information about traffic violations and accidents from driving records.
5. Lost driving privileges.
If drivers build up too many penalty points, their license can get suspended or revoked.
Types of Driving Distractions
There are four types of driving distractions, visual, auditory, physical, and cognitive.
1. Visual Distractions include anything that makes the driver take their eyes off the road; this includes a multitude of things from cellphone use, billboards, rubbernecking, and activities happening around the car.
2. Auditory Distractions are things that you hear that take your attention away from driving, children crying or fighting, conversing with passengers, or even a strange engine noise.
3. Physical (Manual) Distractions. These are any distractions that cause the driver to take their hands off the wheel. For example: looking for a snack or a drink, adjusting the GPS, radio, or putting on a seatbelt are examples.
4. Cognitive Distractions: these are any distraction that takes your mind off the road. Talking on a cell phone, even a hands-free one, has been proven by MIT to be a cognitive distraction. Other examples of distractions include fatigue from driving long distances, driving under the influence or while engaged in an argument or agitated, strong emotions can distract and cloud judgment while driving.
How to Avoid Getting Distracted While Driving
It's so important to stay alert and focused at all times while driving. These are a few tips to help you.
Avoid eating and drinking while drivingPractice short quick glances and avoid prolonged staring and tiring your eyes.Do not attempt to change clothing while drivingMake sure that you do all grooming before leaving home or at your destination.Do not allow passengers in the car to interfere with your concentrationMake sure children and pets are properly restrained before you start driving –and provide activities to keep them busy.Pull over and stop if children need your attention rather than take your eyes off the road.Plan your long trips in advance and allow yourself time to stop and rest when required
Drivers need to put safety first and do everything they can to avoid accidents. Distracted driving causes a large percentage of collisions each year, many of them fatal.
Avoid the tragic consequences of distracted driving by following our safety tips and staying safe on the roads. Driven2 Drive has a range of methods and tips to help you. Contact us now to set up your lessons and make an investment for life. Driving practice6 Tips for First-Time DriversGeneral Advice for First-Time Drivers
The first time you drive a vehicle can be an exciting as well as a daunting experience. Everyone feels anxious about driving in the beginning. This article will list some tips that will help you during your first days of driving.
Follow these safety tips:
Adjust the seat and steering so that you are comfortable. Position yourself correctly in the seat - sit up straight with your back straight up against the seat to avoid backaches. Don’t forget to adjust the steering height and distance.Mirrors
Ensure that you can see clearly out of all mirrors and adjust your rear-view mirrors for maximum visibility. Drive on quiet roads
Stay off interstates and major highways when you start out on the roads. Take your time and gain some experience controlling a vehicle before putting yourself in more challenging driving situations.
Driving Safety Precautions to Remember
1. Keep a Safe Following Distance
You must practice defensive driving as a first-time driver because your reaction time will be slower than that of more experienced drivers. It is essential to keep enough space between you and the car in front of you. Be sure to follow the ‘2-second rule’ to avoid rear-ending the vehicle in front of you.
2. Adhere to the Speed Limit
It is crucial to maintain a safe speed when driving, especially when driving during bad weather. Adhering to the speed limit is not only lawful, but it is vital for the safety of yourself and other drivers on the road. Speed kills, and arriving alive is more important than the extra seconds shaved off your route.
3. Avoid All Distractions
First-time drivers need to make sure they can focus. This is not the time to blast your music or use your cellphone.
Tips for Nervous Drivers
1. Drive With a Calm and Experienced Driver
It will make your first driving experience less overwhelming to have a parent or trusted adult there to guide you and give you advice while navigating the roads in the beginning.
2. Don’t Overthink
You might feel scared when sitting in the driver’s seat for the first time, with the multitasking and all the rules to remember, but don’t overthink the situation. Breathe, clear your mind and focus on what you are doing.
3. Know Your Route
When you are driving for the first time, stay on familiar roads. New roads might be too overwhelming to navigate initially, and you need to build up your confidence as a driver. At first, stay in your neighborhood and stay away from interstates and major highways.
4. Practise defensive driving
4. Get plenty of driving practice
5. Learn about how to handle road rage
6. Check out our tips for driving during bad weather
Driving can be very nerve-wracking for beginners. Be cautious, take your time, and try not to let other drivers on the road intimidate you or make you feel pressured. Each driver on the road was a new driver at some point, so be calm and carry on.
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