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What Is Driver’s Training

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Are you ready to try for your first driver’s license? Whether you are a teenager or older, you will need to pass a driver’s skills test conducted by officials with your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles in order to earn a license. If you don’t pass that driving test, you might be forced to wait weeks or months to schedule another test, based on the laws in your state. That’s why driver’s training is crucial to all new drivers. Understanding what skills and abilities you must display during the driver’s test, and how to prepare for the test, will help you earn your unrestricted driver’s license.

Certified driver’s courses. Depending on your age, your state may require that you enroll in a state-certified driver’s training course to earn a learner’s permit – the first step in a Graduated Licensing Program. These courses may be offered through the local school system and by a variety of driver’s schools that prepare young drivers to earn their license. Every state regulates the minimum number of hours for driver education courses. Thirty to fifty hours in the classroom and at least six hours behind the wheel is a common requirement. You will need to present a certificate indicating you passed a certified driver’s training course as part of the process of earning a learner’s permit. While older teens often aren’t required to show proof of completing a driver’s safety course, many do so anyway. The courses teach important skills and often qualify the new driver for insurance discounts.

Preparing for the road test. In most states, the very youngest drivers will need to pass a written exam and show proof of completion of a certified driver’s training course to receive a learner’s permit. That permit enables the young driver to legally drive, as long as at least one other licensed driver of sufficient age is in the vehicle. This is a great way to prepare for the road test necessary to earn an unrestricted license. A learner’s permit will usually limit the hours that a young driver can legally be on the road – even with another licensed driver. 

Driver’s training. There are two components to most driver’s education courses: classroom study to prepare for the written test on your state’s road safety rules and behind-the-wheel training with an instructor in a vehicle. The test is designed to assess basic skills such as moving into traffic, signaling and turning, changing lanes, maintaining space with other vehicles, parking and monitoring speed. Additionally, you should expect to encounter and react appropriately to a variety of road signs, signal lights and road markings.

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