The two steps you must take in order to get your driver’s license is to pass a written exam and then a road test. The written exam is simple enough. In many DMV locations these days, it can be taken on a computer. What some people have a problem with is the road test. You will actually have to demonstrate to a professional examiner that you know how to drive, and that you can do so safely.
This makes some people feel intimidated. Being watched for several minutes by someone sitting right next to you is something that might make you feel nervous. This doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t stay calm and pass.
After you pass the written test, you will be allowed to practice with a teacher. The teacher can be anyone from an actual driving instructor to a responsible adult who can be trusted to give you good advice.
Be sure to look over driving guides and watch videos online. There are all kinds of helpful resources that will help you learn how to drive. Read and study every day before you go out to practice. After practicing, go back and look over anything you might be having trouble with. Know what you can do comfortably and what you can’t do. With a good teacher and helpful resources, you will have the potential to become a good driver.
Where can you practice? Look at a map of your area to see if there are any roads or parking lots that are relatively empty during the hours you are permitted to drive. Sit in the car while it’s parked for a few minutes and simply hold the wheel. Let your hands get used to the feeling of it. Also, have your instructor explain every instrument and mechanism to you. Practice adjusting the mirrors, learn how to turn the windshield wipers on; know where the indicator lights are and how to use them, etc.
If you’ve already done all of this, then make sure you are getting good practice in. Move your way up, bit by bit, to more crowded roads. Before attempting to drive on crowded roads or intersections, know exactly what to do when approaching any sign. You should understand traffic lights and what they mean.
Keep practicing until you have overcome any problems you might have. Know which areas you need improvement on and practice accordingly. At the same time, don’t neglect the “easy” stuff – you might need to refresh your memory here and there.
One of the most important things to remember is that you can always try again if you fail, so don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get your driver’s license on the first try.