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Top 8 Steps to Getting Your Driver’s License

Top 8 Steps to Getting Your Driver’s License

Throughout your life, there are going to be many milestones. One of the first is getting your driver’s license. Even though this is a symbol of your personal freedom, there are many responsibilities that come with having your license. That is why there are so many steps involved in getting it. So, it is time to take a look at some of the things you need to do in order to reach this important milestone in your life.

1. Find out About Local Requirements

While the process of getting a driver’s permit is pretty much the same everywhere, each area has different laws. For example, when applying to take a driver’s license test in California, contact your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office to find out the requirements for getting your permit and your license.

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2. Apply for Your Permit

The next step in the process is to apply for your driving learner’s permit. This allows you to drive on the roads with a licensed driver in order to practice and prepare for your real driving test. You will be given study materials to help you prepare for the written test. Once you have received your permit in the mail, you can start practicing driving. It is a good idea to take a free practice test before doing the real thing.

3. Study and Learn

You must study the handbook you are given in order to know about all new driving laws and pass the written test. There is a lot of information, so study one section at a time in order to be able to take it all in. Things to take special note of are driving etiquette, basic driving skills, and the meanings of road signs and symbols.

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4. Learn About Cars

While you are studying to take your driver’s test, be sure to learn about the parts and functions of vehicles, including turn signals, parking brakes, and headlights. These are all things that you are going to be tested on. You will also need to know how to use the windshield wipers and seatbelts.

5. Practice Driving

Once you have your learner’s permit, it is time to get out on the road and practice your driving skills. In most states, a teen or student driver will be required to have one licensed driver in the vehicle with you at all times. Also, you will only be allowed to have one other person in the vehicle so you don’t become distracted while learning to drive.

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6. Take Driver’s Ed

Even experienced drivers can benefit from taking a driver’s education course. Student drivers learn about traffic laws, safe driving, how vehicles work, etc. Some courses offer hands-on driver’s training. Most states require teens to take a driver’s education course in order to receive their licenses.

7. Log Your Driving Hours

You may be required to log the number of hours that you drive while under the supervision of a licensed driver. As soon as you receive your permit and begin driving, log all driving hours if it is required. This is something you can find out about by contacting your local DMV. You will have to do this over a period of six months to a year, depending on the requirements in your state.

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8. Take the Test

Once you have completed everything that needs to be done prior to getting a driver’s license, it is time to take the real test. There will be two parts to the test: a written test and a practical test where you will be driving a vehicle with a tester present. Your license will be a graduated one. There are several levels of driver certification that must be passed before you have an unrestricted driver’s license.

Getting a driver’s license is something most teens look forward to. The steps above can help you and your child prepare.

Featured photo credit: Daniela Cuevas via unsplash.com

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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