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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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