What if I’m worried I won’t be able to pass the DMV behind-the-wheel test?

If taking the DMV drive test has you in knots, maybe you’re not quite ready to get a license and drive unsupervised. Do not schedule your drive test until you have the skill and confidence to change lanes and merge in slow or busy conditions, back your car safely, determine right of way in any situation (ex: at stop controlled intersections, uncontrolled intersections, turning right on red, left against solid green, merging, entering traffic from a side street dealing with road hazards). You should be able to do these things even in areas you’ve never driven before. Think it over. Do you have the necessary skill to prevent causing a crash, or to recognize and avoid an unsafe situation caused by another roadway user?

You may say, “I’m only going to drive to school and home until the end of the year.” You are most likely to crash in areas you drive the most.

A collision will cost a lot more than an extra driving lesson, renewing your permit, or a few more hours of practice. Take more time to develop your skills and confidence.

Our driving instructors assess your abilities and help you with skills that need improvement during each lesson, but six hours is not enough time to qualify any new driver to drive alone. Use the log we provide to write down the hours you practice driving with you parent and the type of skills practiced. This will help you track your progress.

**Passing the DMV Drive Evaluation does not prove that you have all the necessary skills and experience to be a safe driver. It means you demonstrated the most remedial level of skill accepted by the state of California to attain a driver’s license. You will not have to drive on the freeway, parallel park or complete a three point turn during the test.

The efforts of this driving school, parents, and the DMV are worthless if you pass the DMV driving test and then make poor choices when you drive unsupervised. Honor the privilege you’ve earned. Set a goal to be the best driver you can. Be proud every day you drive safely and courteously.
(A future employer may request a copy of your DMV record as part of the hiring process. Your DMV record reflects if you’ve been responsible in the past.)

If you feel more nervous than enthusiastic about learning to drive, don’t worry. We’re here to help you develop your skills and confidence. We want Roadrunner students to feel as comfortable as possible even when they make mistakes and have questions to ask. We look forward to working with you.

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