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Tips for a Successful Road Test

Tips

Obtain and study the Driving Skills Test Study Guide. (You can download a PDF version from the State of Michigan here.)

Be sure to bring all the required documents. (See the sections below entitled "What to Bring and Know".)

Arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment.

Allow extra time for taking your test. Testing normally takes a minimum of one (1) hour plus administrative time.

The test vehicle should be one with which you are familiar and have used in your practice sessions.

Practice the maneuvers in the Driving Skills Test Study Guide. (Remember, you can download a PDF version from the State of Michigan here.) Maneuvers you may be tested on include left turns, yield signs, and parallel parking.

Be sure the required safety equipment (such as seat belts, brake lights, headlights, airbags, and the braking system) is working on the vehicle you will be driving.

About the Road Skills Test

Vehicle Safety Check

Check that your vehicle is in safe working order and that required safety equipment is operational. (Read pages 8-13 of the Driving Skills Test Study Guide. You can download a PDF version from the State of Michigan here.)

Basic Control Skills

You will be tested on three (3) maneuvers on the driving range to be sure that you have basic control of the vehicle and the skills necessary to proceed with the road driving test.

Road Test

The on-the-road segment evaluates your ability to drive safely through a variety of traffic situations. At all times during the driving test, you must operate your vehicle in a safe and responsible manner, obeying all traffic laws. The examiner will observe and score you on specific maneuvers as well as on your general driving behavior.

Things to Bring and Know (18 years and older)

  • Your valid Temporary Instruction Permit (TIP) or MDOS receipt
  • Valid and current vehicle registration
  • Valid and current proof of insurance
  • Have at least 30 days of practice driving on your TIP (unless the TIP clearly states that the 30 day practice period is waived).
  • Your vehicle must be in safe working order
  • No passengers are allowed during the test; only you and the examiner will be in the vehicle.

Things to Bring and Know (under 18 years)

  • Michigan Level 1 Learner's License (You must have at least 180 days of practice driving time on your Level 1 Learner's License)
  • Segment 2 Completion Certificate
  • Parent certification of at least 50 hours of practice driving (10 of which must be at night)
  • Valid and current vehicle registration
  • Valid and current proof of insurance
  • Your vehicle must be in safe working order
  • While a parent or legal guardian will be allowed to ride along during the test, no other passengers will be permitted; only you, your parent or legal guardian, and the examiner will be in the vehicle.

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