PA Drivers License Test - Pennsylvania Road Rules 3
How To Pass A Pennsylvania Driver's License Test On Your FIRST Attempt
Requirements for taking the test
You will need a few documents before you actually take the test to get your license. One of them is a DL-180C form that needs to be signed by a parent or guardian. if you’re under the age of 18. You also need proof of insurance in case any accidents happen on the road during the test. You will also need to hold your learner’s permit for 12 months and drive for 65 hours with no accidents to take the test. There are also some things that need to be in order for the vehicle itself to be able to take the test.
Things like your windshield wipers, mirrors, lights, brakes, turn signals, and much more need to be in order to even take the test. If they end up not working you may not be allowed to take the test. You also need a valid license plate and state ID to take the test. You will be asked to turn on some of those functions on the test and it should be the most simple part of the test. The actual test is not going to take that long, but the paperwork afterward can be lengthy depending on what DMV you’re at
What you’ll be asked to do on the test
One of the more basic things you’ll be asked to do is use the essential functions that you’ll be using on the car. Using lights is really good for looking at what you’ll see in the dark. You also may need to apply turn signals and check your mirrors. It’s something that you should’ve done while you had been using your permit. All cars are different, so these functions may be differ based on the car that you’re using to take the test. Generally, they will act the same in most cases.
Next, the instructor is going to ask you to parallel park. This is arguably the most difficult part of the test. There should be some cones, and for this part, you should use a mid-size car to make this part a lot easier. There are a lot of ways to go about this, but you should’ve practiced before you did this. It’s a difficult thing to do, but it’s absolutely essential if you want to go to a city. You’re given a good amount of space to parallel park. however, if you knock any cones down, you will fail the test.
Next up is the driving portion which should be simple to do. The instructor is going to tell you where to drive and it should be easy instructions to follow, what’s important is doing the essential things like applying your turning signals, using the windshield wipers if it’s raining, and see if you’ll apply your brakes. The instructor will be checking how good you are at using these functions, not using them at all is going to get many points deducted and you will likely fail the test. However, the driving itself is simple to do.
Next, the instructor may require you to drive on the highway for a few minutes. You more than likely did this in Driver’s ed instructions, but now you have to do it again for your license test. The instructor is going to check how good you are at merging onto other lanes and check on whether you’re driving on the highway safely. There is also a speed limit that you have to abide by and if you are constantly going above the speed limit, you will get points taken off. As long as you are following the guidelines in your driver’s manual. this part should be simple.
Next, you will be asked to come back to the DMV and it should be simple. Even the parking part of coming back shouldn’t be difficult, just follow their instructions and use the turn signals. If you got here, you more than likely succeeded in your driving test. Next, you’re going to need a good half hour to make sure that you can get the paperwork done and get the license mailed to your house. By now, the DMV has all of your documents so you shouldn’t be asked to bring anything back. Congratulations!
Things that will get the instructor to fail you
Generally, there aren’t many things that can fail you on this test which is why it’s important to be aware of what can fail you. One of them is running a stop sign. One of the things you learn in the manual is that “stop” means a complete stop, with no movement for a second. It doesn’t mean slow down and then moves for a second. Though generally, most people don’t struggle with this when they take their test. There are going to be some other functions you’re going to have to perform but most of them won’t fail you.
Another one is failing the parking portion of the test. This part of the test is one of the more difficult sections, but it’s very important for the people who work there to assess if you’re able to park. Knocking over any of the cones that the DMV has placed will instantly fail you and you’ll have to take the test at a later date. Speeding will also get the instructor to fail you if you have been doing it constantly. They may warn you if you’ve been doing it a couple of times, however doing it continuously will get them to fail you.
One of the things that will get the instructor to instantly fail you is if you crash into any cars at all. It doesn’t have to be a life-ending crash, either. It’s something that can just be a rude bump and that will be more than enough for everything to fail the test for you. This is why you have to constantly use your brakes so that you’re ready to stop at any point. Most accidents happen at moderate speeds, so it’s just a matter of paying attention so that you don’t crash.