Your driving test will last about 20 minutes. The test consists of basic maneuvers you will encounter while driving such as: left and right turns, stops at controlled and uncontrolled intersections, straight line backing, lane changes, driving in regular street traffic, and in some cases driving on the freeway.
Safe driving tips. Practice these tips to improve your driving skills:
Steer smoothly at all times.
Accelerate smoothly. Don't race the engine or make it stall.
Stop the vehicle gently. Start braking well ahead of where you must stop to avoid sudden “jerks.” Know where to stop. Be aware of crosswalks. If your view is blocked at a crosswalk, move forward carefully and look both ways before entering the intersection..
Be sure your vehicle is in the correct gear. Don't grind the gears. Don't coast to a stop.
Always obey the posted speed limits. If needed, reduce your speed to adjust for existing weather, road, and other traffic conditions.
Remember to turn on your lights if you need to use your windshield wipers in poor weather conditions.
Follow at a safe distance. Use the three-second rule. Increase your following distance in bad weather or poor visibility.
Know what the traffic signals mean and obey them at all times.
Always use the proper lane. Turn from the correct lane into the correct lane.
Signal for all lane changes and turns.
Always look for potential hazards (scan). Check your mirrors frequently. Always look over the proper shoulder before making lane changes or pulling away from the curb.
Drive defensively. Anticipate another driver’s errors.
The vehicle you use for your driving test must be safe to drive. Before the test, the examiner checks for:
Two license plates. The rear plate must show current registration.
Both front and back turn signal lights and working brake lights.
A working horn designed for the vehicle.
Tires with no bald spots.
Adequate brake pressure (you will be asked to step on the brake pedal to see if it works properly).
A driver’s side window that rolls down.
A windshield that allows a full unobstructed field of vision.
Two rear view mirrors (one must be on the outside, to the driver’s left).
Driver and front passenger doors that open from both the inside and outside.
A secured glove compartment door so it doesn't open during the test.
A passenger seat permanently attached to the vehicle.
Working safety belts, if the vehicle was manufactured with safety belts.
Working emergency/parking brake.
Took it 10 months ago in California too!