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7 ways to ace the written driving test

On the Road 2 min read

Get yourself one step closer to driving independence with these helpful driving test tips

Your written driving test … it’s kind of like the pre-show.

Sure, you prepare for it. But the bulk of your time goes toward the main event—the road test. (I know … I spent hours in remote parking lots with my Dad, rehearsing a solid parallel park in his Camry.)

Yet, you still have to pass that written portion. So, with some prep and these seven commonsense driving test tips, you can sail through the “pre-show” of written questions.

  1. Start with a brief pep talk … Think about how much easier it is to remember the things you
    want to learn—that’s how we’re wired. So, remember why you’re bothering to learn the rules of the road—like never having to ask, “Can I have a ride?” again.
  2. … and, start early. Cramming impairs your ability to remember. Give your brain time to digest each chapter of the driving handbook before you move on to the next. (It’s like eating.)
  3. Give details meaning. As often as you can, associate an acronym or rhyme with specific details. For instance, take the three scenarios in which it’s legal to turn right on red in Ohio—there’s no sign saying you can’t; you’ve stopped and yielded; and it’s safe—and boil it down to “SSS” (Sign, Stop, Safe).
  4. Visualize. Memory is mostly visual, so channel this sense as much as you can when you study something. Imagine the information in context (e.g., I’d picture myself in my Sorento, singing along to country, approaching a not-working traffic light while I read what to do in this scenario).
  5. Trust yourself. Once you’ve digested new information, trust that it’s in your head. There’s no real benefit to reviewing road warning signs over and over and over again.
  6. Now go to sleep. Even if it’s just a nap, resting after you study helps that new information “set.” This alone makes the first five exercises worth it, no?
  7. Do a dress rehearsal. Run through an online driving practice test; most states offer them. Just check your local Bureau of Motor Vehicles site.

Above all, have confidence that you know your stuff. Because you do. And soon, you’ll have the proof.

And, once you pass your test (with flying colors), don’t forget to get car insurance. If you’re on your parents’ policy, great. But, if you need to get your own, know that we’re here and happy to help.




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