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Getting Your First Learner’s Permit

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Soon You Will Be Ready to Hit the Road

Congratulations on being old enough to apply for a learner’s permit. Soon you will be ready to hit the road for errands, commutes to school and work, evenings out on the town, and eventually even road trips. You and your parents probably have a verbal agreement that goes along with the freedoms you have achieved. For example, it goes without saying that you should stay away from alcohol and cigarettes, since you are too young to buy these things legally, anyway.

Your parents might also have rules related to your safety, such as curfews or a rule than you must respond to your parents’ text messages within a certain amount of time. But why do your parents forbid you to ride in the car with other teen drivers? Since most of your friends are teen drivers themselves, how will you be able to go anywhere?

Learning All the Rules

Since you are learning to drive, and since you are about to become part of the new generation of teen drivers yourself, you are probably getting a taste of what a challenge it can be to keep all the rules of the road in your mind at once. At any future driving lesson, your teacher will have to remind you to use your turn signal, to slow down before making a turn, to speed up before changing lanes, and to start slowing down gradually, even when the cars stopped ahead of you at a red light look like they are far away?

Time to Practice

It takes a lot of practice to get used to these things; that is one of the main reasons that there is a waiting period between when you get your learner’s permit and when you can take the road test for your full-fledged driver’s license, so you can have time to practice.

Of course, driving once around the parking lot of the DMV and parking in a clearly marked parking spot to the DMV employee’s satisfaction does not mean that you know everything there is to know about driving. How many of your friends have bumped their parents’ cars into mailboxes or gotten into fender benders within the first few months of getting their driver’s licenses?

Teen Drivers are More Accident Prone

Teen drivers are statistically more likely to get into car accidents than drivers in any other age group. Of course, even when you are a new driver, there are a lot of things that you can do to stay out of trouble on the road.

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The first, of course, is not to drive without another licensed adult in the car before you have a driver’s license that gives you the privilege of driving by yourself. Not only is it against the law for people who only have learner’s permits to drive alone, but it is also very dangerous. While it is permissible to drive while any licensed adult is in the front passenger seat while you have your learner’s permit, some licensed adults make better co-pilots than others.

Get a Co-pilot You Can Trust

Generally speaking, it is better to drive with a relative who has had his or her license for many years than it is to drive with a friend who is only a few years older than you and has only had his or her driver’s license for a few months. In many states that is also required by law.

It is also a good idea to drive with someone who exudes confidence about your driving skills and who is not excessively nervous that you will damage their car. If you have relatives who naturally incline toward being backseat drivers, you probably do not want these relatives riding with you until you have established a good track record of driving both alone and with passengers.

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Driver’s Ed Classes

If possible, taking a driver’s ed class is a very good idea, because driver’s ed teachers have no fear of the foibles of teen drivers. Some high school offer very reasonably priced driving courses.

Furthermore, your parents’ rule against riding with other teen drivers is to your benefit as well as that of your friends.

Be Aware of Driver Distractions

Distractions are the worst enemy of drivers of all ages. Recently, many states have passed laws against using cell phones without earphones or hands-free earpieces while driving for this very reason. In general, any use of a cell phone is prohibited when you have a learner’s permit.

Even if you are able to resist your phone while you are behind the wheel, having your friends in the car with you can be a major source of distraction.

Experienced drivers are used to having people in the car with them when they drive, but people with learner’s permits are not used to driving and interacting with their peers at the same time. Driving requires keeping a lot of things in your mind at once and making constantly changing decisions.

Remember, teen drivers need to practice driving for a while before they can drive with their friends.


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Can’t Wait to Pass Your DMV Permit Test?

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Anxious about the DMV Permit Test?

No doubt, most of us get nervous, anxious or feel stressed when it comes to the DMV Permit Test. Probably because the outcome is so important to us.

Taking all of the online permit practice tests available online in the belief that memorizing the questions and answers must have some value, is not uncommon.

Does it help? Yes, studies show that teenagers using only online permit practice tests actually have a higher pass rate than those who only studied the handbook and used the old-fashioned paper and pen.

Isn’t Taking Online Practice Tests Cheating?

Some might think that this online approach is the same as cheating. But in memorizing answers the test takers actually pick up some of the knowledge being tested. And questions on the real DMV knowledge test are rarely exactly the same as on the DMV practice test.

Is Taking Online Practice Tests a Good Way of Studying?

Many think that DMV include detailed and useless questions on the real written exam. Things that don’t really matter when you are behind the wheel. Online practice tests may help you to familiarize yourself with details that are easy to miss in the manual and that could show up the DMV exam. Like penalties, suspension periods and points on your driving record. Such questions are rare, but might appear just to verify that you have read your manual.

That being said, only taking online practice tests is a good way of studying. But it is NOT the best way.

Don’t Forget the Handbook or Manual

The first thing you should do is to pick up the Drivers Manual or Handbook from your local DMV office. You will need it. Not because of the details mentioned above, but because studying with both the manual and the online practice tests will help you to learn much faster.

Compare facts in the online tests with facts in the manual. Focus on laws and rules that are specific to your state, such as child restraints, leaving unattended children in a vehicle, headlights use, traffic signals with arrows, and right-of-way rules. Many manuals have a specific chapter called something like Other Rules and Laws You Should Know. Make sure you read it carefully.

Alcohol Awareness

Over the years, DMV have put more and more emphasis on alcohol and drug awareness in their permit tests. In some cases, you might be required to complete a special alcohol and drug awareness course. Otherwise, you should expect at least one or two questions about alcohol. In some states, you could get even more questions about alcohol than that.

Other Subjects on Your Exam

A good way of estimating what might show up on your DMV exam is looking at the length of each chapter in the manual. Lengthy subjects tend to be more likely to show up on your real test.

Prepare Well

Preparing well and anticipating what will show up your test help to reduce some of your anxiousness and stress.

Together with the manual, online practice tests are great resources that you can work through multiple times to verify your knowledge. You will get the details and good feel for the types of questions you will be asked on the real DMV permit test.


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Permit Practice Tests that Helps

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Large Pool of Questions

Our completely free permit practice tests are based on your State’s Driver Handbook and more real DMV questions than any other site.

Permit practice tests are not only a way for you to verify that you have learned the handbook – it is also a simple way to study. A large pool of questions makes that possible. Our DMV practice tests cover all information in the handbook.

 

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Permit Practice Tests to Help You Pass

Our Surveys show that 9 out of 10 (92%) pass their DMV written test after studying the handbook and taking our practice tests 10 times or more. The average pass rate for all applicants is between 45 and 65 percent, depending on state.

This means that our permit practice tests will really help by challenging your knowledge and understanding.

Easy to Use and No Tracking

Our free online practice tests are easy to use. Each time you start a test, 25 DMV questions are randomly picked from a database with more than 500 questions. Some states may have up to 1,000 questions in the DMV question pool.

You get instant answers and detailed explanations.

Required to Take the Written DMV Test Again

While most users practice for their first learner’s permit, our online DMV tests can also be used if you already are or have been licensed in United States or another country and are required to take a DMV written test.

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California Drivers Ed Practice Test – Now Better Than Ever

Before you head down to your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office to take your knowledge test, you should take several drivers ed practice tests from a website you can trust. Besides the California DMV’s website, licenseroute.com is your best source for learning and the website with the most reliable practice tests.

Licenseroute has been online since 2009 and has always offered nonprofit drivers ed practice tests. With just a few clicks, you will have access to endless tests, based on more than 1,000 questions.

All practice tests are based on the California driver handbook and real DMV examinations.

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The One Thing That Most Applicants Forget

Most permit or driver’s license applicants think that the knowledge needed to pass the written DMV test is just common sense.

They forget that the test actually is designed to be the most important incentive for a new driver to acquire the necessary knowledge and attitudes from the information published by California DMV. Tests are basically the DMV’s means of making sure new applicants have read the California Handbook. Everything on the DMV written test is taken from the handbook and there is a focus on understanding the specific California rules and laws. Common sense? Yes, sometimes. And sometimes, perhaps not.

If you like, you can see the handbook as the very the definition of the knowledge needed to get your driver’s license or learner’s permit. Don’t think you can skip this booklet. Simply put, it contains every piece of information you need to pass. Many times questions are worded in the same manner as the text.

Do You Need Practice Tests?

Drivers ed practice tests offer a simple way of verifying that you master the information in the handbook. Questions and answers are often taken directly from current or earlier DMV examinations. In addition, you will see questions that are worded differently to make sure you didn’t just memorize answers. If you truly know the answer, you will answer such questions correctly. Those who do not know the answer will often answer incorrectly.

Studies show that using practice tests speeds up the learning process and help you to retain the information. There is no doubt that DMV practice tests is the best way to prepare for your real knowledge test.

How Many Practice Tests Should You Take?

The number of drivers ed practice tests you need before you are ready to take on the real test is individual. By taking a few test every day for a week or two, you will test your knowledge on all major areas. This will give you a good idea if you master the handbook or not. With a passing score on the real test that is above 80%, you need to make sure your score on the practice tests is at least 90%. In fact, you should strive to get 100%.


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Drivers Prep Tests to Pass the Written Exam

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Drivers Prep Tests for Learner’s Permit and Driver Licenses

Licenseroute.com offers drivers prep tests for all States in U.S.A. The preparation tests are based on the the real DMV tests and the driver handbooks issued by DMV in each State. They are easy to use and completely free. Our online drivers prep courses and practice tests will help you build up your knowledge and make it easy to pass the written exam the first time.

More Questions

Our drivers prep tests cover all parts of your State’s driver’s manual. You will see questions that are the same or very similar to the ones on the real DMV knowledge test. Your confidence will grow each time you take a practice test and you will stop being nervous about the real test.

Practice tests are based on a large number of questions about road signs, safe driving practices, rules of the road, alcohol and drugs, and vehicle equipment. Every time you start a test, you will get new questions. Answers are followed by a brief comment or explanation to help you learn and understand.

The Best Drivers Prep Tests online

We are confident that our drivers prep tests are the best you can find online. Studies show that nine out ten using our drivers prep tests pass their real test on their first try. We also make sure that all questions and answers are up-to-date at all times.

All our drivers prep tests are free. There are no hidden gimmicks or anything to buy. You stay completely anonymous and we do not save your personal results.

How to Study

  • Get your State’s drivers manual or driver handbook. Read it!
  • Take a drivers prep test.
  • Study the questions you miss. Make sure you understand the answers.
  • Continue taking practice tests and compare with the manual/handbook until you reach a score of at least 90%.

Common Mistakes

  • Don’t try to memorize answers. It is true knowledge that counts, both on the real test and behind the wheel.
  • Don’t rely solely on the experience of others. Rules change over time. So does safe driving practices. Always use the manual as the prime source for your knowledge.
  • Don’t rush it. The more time you use, the better you will learn and remember.

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California DMV Knowledge Exam – Pass Rates

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California DMV Knowledge Exam Shows Low Pass Rates

During the first two weeks of 2015, more than 115,000 new applicants has taken the written DMV knowledge exam in California. This is a result of the driver’s license law known as AB60 that went into effect on January 1. The new law allows undocumented immigrants to apply for a California driver’s license if they have been living in California for at least six months.

The test pass rate among these new tests takers is not good.

Only one out of three Spanish speaking test takers pass their first attempt at the California DMV knowledge exam, according to numbers released by www.dmv.ca.gov. In Nevada, which implemented a similar law, the passing rate is less than one out of three (30%).

Among English speaking applicants, the passing rate is 54%. Which means that only every second test taker pass their first DMV knowledge exam.

Study is the Key

Javier Rodriguez has been living outside Santa Ana for more than two years. He was one of the first to apply for a driver’s license under the new law.

I was nervous“, he says. “I know I am a good and safe driver, and I know the rules. But the test is hard. I was lucky to pass. The important thing is to study the book and practice a lot.“.

How Can We Help?

Not everyone was as lucky as Javier that morning. Many had studied the driver handbook, but not taken any practice tests. They also claim that they knew the answers to many questions, but clicked the wrong answer on the touch screen.

How can License Route Help?

We offer a large number of practice questions for both California and Nevada. All our DMV practice tests are 100% free to use. No fees. No gimmicks. No sign-up process. Just click and go. You remain anonymous and we do not track any of your results. You can basically take as many tests as you want.

Get a copy of the California (or Nevada) driver handbook. Study it carefully. Take online practice tests and verify that you understand road signs and safe driving practices.

Remember, you don’t have to pay for your practice tests or give up any personal information. With some hard work you can pass this test.

Practice Permit Tests in Spanish

There are no practice tests in Spanish, yet. They will be added later this year.


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