Most learners or aspiring drivers will begin testing their skills in the neighborhood. Many will attend training centres and hone their skills. Regardless of the primitive or initial approaches, one has to take the road at some point in time. Some people will drive to and from college, perhaps pickup their parents from work or just take their friends along for a short drive. It is not recommended to embark on long trips without the supervision of an adult who would be next to the learner driver. The adult must be a licensed driver.
To get a license, you would have to go through a theory test and a road test. The road test is the practical test. Depending on the test centre you choose and its facility, a major part of the road test could be inside the premises of the test centre or out on the open road. Again, depending on the exact location of the test centre, the open roads could be major thoroughfares or suburban lanes. It is also possible that the road test will take you close or on to a highway. Arterial roads or major motorways will always have more traffic. If you thought rural roads are easier then you are wrong because they would have fewer lanes thus proving difficult if there is substantial oncoming traffic and cars at the back.
To prepare or train for a road test, you must take the following steps.
- Drive on the road, lane or thoroughfares where you are expected to be during a road test. You can ask anyone you know who happens to be a good driver and is willing to train you. A training centre will anyway include such sessions. You should drive to and from the test centre under supervision of a licensed driver. You should drive on the roads leading to and from or close to the test centre where you would be driving during a road test. When your skills are not properly honed, getting accustomed with the roads is very important. Most accidents that occur on the roads are owing to the human errors of drivers. Those who know a particular route by heart will rarely get involved in an accident on that road.
- The second phase of this training will involve driving on the roads at different times of the day and in varying traffic conditions. Only then would you be truly observant of the entire nitty-gritty of the route. Whether it is a speed breaker or a sign on the road asking you to act accordingly, you would spot them and learn of them after several sessions of driving on the same route before a road test.