Licensing Help

DMV Driving Test Assistance, Drivers Ed, Driving Lessons, Behind-the-Wheel Instruction

Licensing Process Overview

  1. 30-hrs Online Drivers Ed  (Required if under 18)
  2. Permit Test  
  3. Schedule First Driving Lesson
  4. Complete In-Car instruction (6-hrs required if under 18, along with 50 additional hrs of practice at home)
  5. Driver's Test

Giving Driving Directions to a New Driver

  • Try to set an easy tone.  Your student will sense your energy, try to stay calm and do not over-correct the student.
  • Give directions early and clearly.  Be specific and tell them where first.  "At this upcoming light, turn right".  (This may take some practice)
  • If a directional mistake is made go around the block and try again.  
  • Avoid any last-second or risky moves.  Remember, it is a crawl, walk, run progression process.

Tips and Test Review

Key Concepts/Phrases from Our Curriculum:

  • Braking
    • Start process early and leave appropriate space cushion
  • Space Cushion
    • In-Motion:  Maintain 1-car length for every 10mph of speed you're traveling
    • Stopping:  Watching the vehicle in front of you, keep the point where back tires  make contact with the road in view, when stopping behind a car
  • Acceleration
    • Smooth and Steady
    • Don't try to keep up with other drivers
  • "SMOG" Technique (Position Change)
    • Signal, Mirrors, Over-Shoulder, Go
  • Straight-Line Backing
    • "Don't Kill Anybody"
    • "How's my steering"
    • Using rear door handle as steering guide along edge of blacktop
  • 5-Pt Check with Right on Red
    1. Light and Signs (on approach)
      • Light color
      • "No right on Red" Sign?
      • Yield Sign?
    2. Pedestrians (throughout process)
    3. Cross Traffic from Left
    4. Left Turn from Opposing Traffic
    5. U-Turn from right cross-traffic

  • Proper Use of Bike Lanes and right turns
    • Broken Line: Enter lane
    • Solid Line: Do not cross