Safe Driver Checklist for Road Test
Preparing for your driving license road test involves ensuring that you are a safe driver. Here’s a checklist of items to review before taking your road test:
- Seatbelt: Make sure you buckle up before you start the car and keep your seatbelt on throughout the test.
- Mirrors: Adjust your mirrors to ensure that you have a clear view of the road and any surrounding vehicles.
- Signals: Practice using your turn signals to indicate when you plan to turn or change lanes.
- Brakes: Ensure that your brakes are in good working condition and that you know how to use them properly.
- Acceleration: Practice accelerating smoothly and gradually to avoid sudden jerks or lurches.
- Speed: Obey posted speed limits and adjust your speed according to traffic and weather conditions.
- Lane positioning: Maintain proper lane positioning and avoid drifting into adjacent lanes or crossing lane lines.
- Following distance: Keep a safe following distance from the vehicle in front of you to avoid collisions.
- Observations: Scan the road ahead and check your mirrors frequently to be aware of your surroundings.
- Communication: Communicate with other drivers using signals, eye contact, and courteous gestures.
By following this checklist and practicing safe driving habits, you can increase your chances of passing your driving license road test and becoming a safe and responsible driver on the road.
Starting the Vehicle:
Adjusts mirrors and seat. Fastens safety belt. Knows where the operating controls are located
Signals – Looks in mirrors and over shoulder before pulling into traffic. Uses two hands on opposite sides of the steering wheel.
Checks traffic (sees and reacts to hazards). Stops behind crosswalk or limit line.Stops without using accelerator at the same time.
Slows for turns. Begins and ends turns in the correct lane. Yields right of way when necessary. Accepts legal right of way when safe. Sees and reacts to hazards.
Checks mirrors. Looks over right and left shoulder as appropriate.
Signals – Checks mirrors. Checks over shoulder to view blind spot. Changes lanes safely. Maintains speed.
Driving on the Freeway:
Checks traffic flow. Times entry into freeway. Checks mirrors and over shoulder before merging into traffic. Signals early and slows on exit ramp. Adjusts speed to road conditions.
Defensive Driving Techniques:
Checks mirrors before braking. Checks cross streets before passing. Checks signal lights and signs. Keeps eyes “moving”. Keeps a “space cushion” around the car. Follows at a safe distance.