The Florida Driving Test
When you get your drivers license in Florida you have to take a behind the wheel driving test. The most common question we receive about the driving test is “what exactly will I be tested on?”
First it’s important to make it clear that the driving test is not required when you get your Florida learners permit or restricted license.
When you get you learners permit you are required to take a drug and alcohol traffic education course and a written DMV test. Both can be completed online.
Behind the Wheel Test
An operators license is the Florida drivers license you get when you are ready to drive on your own – either after having a learners permit for a year or as an adult over 18. To get your operators license you will take a behind the wheel test and perform specific maneuvers. Note that you must bring your own car and it must be in good running condition.
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The Florida Driving Test
Below is a list of the maneuvers you will have to perform in Florida driving test.
Turn you car around in a 30 to 40 foot space. This is historically known as a three point turn.
Make sure you are comfortable shifting gears if you plan to drive a manual transmission during the driver’s license test.
Park you car in a straight in parking spot. You should be centered in the parking spot. No more parallel parking test.
Driving at 20 MPH you are expected to make a quick and safe stop when the tester tells you to stop.
You will be asked to backup for 50 feet at a slow speed. You should turn your head and look to the rear not use the rear view mirror.
You will be expected to come to a complete stop and use your turn signals to indicate if you are turning. Then you are expected to proceed into the intersection only when it is safe.
Signal and Turn
Get into the correct lane and signal that you are turning for 100 feet before you turn.
Stay in the Correct Lane
Drive in the right lane except on a one-way street. Only change lanes if it is safe.
These are just a few tips when preparing for your driver’s license exam. While we can offer insight into what you will be tested on, the most important aspect of preparing is becoming comfortable with required elements on which you will be tested. Get out there and polish your skills.
By keeping these tips at the forefront of your mind and dedicating adequate time to your preparation, you should have nothing to worry about and be well on your way to getting your Florida driver’s license.
Best of luck!