TOP 10: DRIVING TEST MISTAKES

Lawmakers were discussing a bill that would require drivers to take a test before renewing their license. Bill No. 335 would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2016. It states that "a licensee seeking renewal of a motor vehicle operator's license shall be required to pass a comprehensive test as to knowledge of the laws concerning motor vehicles and the rules of the road." It would also make those who failed the written test on the first try pass an on-the-road test. The bill is being designed to curb some of the bad driving habits on Connecticut roads.

 

1) Rolling Stops- One of the most common mistakes to avoid during your DMV road test is making incomplete stops. Many drivers slow down, but do not actually come to a complete stop during the road test. You must come to a full stop, and behind the demarcation line.

 

2) Improper Lane Changing- It’s not terribly difficult to signal your intention to change lanes, then check your mirrors and blind spot before changing lanes, however people fail to do it all the time, including during the DMV test.

 

3) Lack of Steering Control- Although demonstrating confidence behind the wheel is important during your test, don’t be so confident that you drive one-handed. Keep both hands on the wheel when possible. Make hand-over-hand turns, and release from the turn with controlled slippage.

 

4) Parallel Parking- If your state requires demonstration of parallel parking ability, the main factors to watch out for are not to hit other cars or to run over the curb. It is fine to touch the curb, but don’t roll over it.

 

5) Confusion at Four-Way Stops- When you come to an intersection with stop signs, especially at four-way stops, be sure you know what to do if there are other cars waiting at the intersection. Wait your turn, then go.

 

6) Driving Too Slowly- During your DMV test, it is important to display confidence. Being overly careful by driving considerably below the speed limit can cause unsafe conditions for yourself and other drivers.

 

7) Driving Too Fast for Conditions- There are times when it is not safe to drive at the speed limit. If there is rain, fog, an accident or traffic congestion, slow down to a safe speed.

 

8) Not Checking Mirrors- It is sound advice that during your road DMV test you should check your mirrors more often than you normally would while driving. Many driving test-takers completely forget to regularly check their rear-view and side mirrors.

 

9) Following Too Closely- Be sure to stay several car lengths behind the traffic in front of you. Keep a safe distance so that if the car in front of you swerves or brakes, you will have enough reaction time to keep you and your passengers safe from harm.

 

10) Speeding - Stay within the speed limit even if other drivers are driving faster. Be aware of drops in the speed limit as well, especially in school zones, work zones and other special speed limit areas.