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5 Tips to Get Your Permit

How to Pass Your Permit Test on the First Try
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photo by Sienna Green

 

Growing up in the backseat while our parents were driving, our turn behind the wheel seemed like a lifetime away. Now that it’s right in front of us, it’s like we never waited at all. Some of us tend to get so eager that we rush into the test without any preparation. We’re quick to trust the few people who passed the first time when they claimed that it was “easy.” What those same people failed to mention is the hours of studying it took to pass.

 

Here are 5 Tips to keep in mind when studying to pass your permit test:

 

  1. Pay attention in your Drivers Education Class.

 

Everything you need to know about driving is covered in the Driver’s Education Course that you are required to take for 8 weeks during your sophomore year. The class is straightforward, so if you pay attention it is easy to retain the information.

 

      2. Observe your parents when they drive. 

 

Most of your parents have probably been driving since the day you were born. They have been your go-to person for any activity, so they are definitely worth taking tips from. Whenever they’re driving, ask questions.

 

      3. Download the Virginia DMV app.  

 

On the Virginia DMV app, there is a driver’s manual with all of the information that you will need for the test. At the end of each chapter, there is a quiz you can take to test your knowledge. Try and get a good score on each quiz a couple of times before you schedule your test. 

 

      4. Study for 10 minutes every day.

 

Use the driver’s manual on the DMV website to make flashcards for memorizing information. Quiz yourself for at least 10 minutes on anything that you are struggling with. This will keep it fresh in your mind until the “big day” finally comes around.

 

      5. Make sure you know your road signs. 

 

In order to pass the exam, you must score 100% on the road signs portion, and 80% or higher on the knowledge portion. You want to make sure you are confident on the road signs that could be on the test. The signs are a common issue for those who fail, so it’s important to be prepared. 

 

Above all, the most important part of driving is to stay safe. “Keep space around your car. If it ain’t in front of you, you can’t hit it,” advises Mr. Scott Coleman, the Driver’s Ed. teacher at Stafford High School. 

 

Getting your permit brings you a step closer to having your license. With that said, most wouldn’t want to put it aside – freedom comes at a cost. Now buckle up, and get ready for a drive down the road to freedom!

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Hi, I am Sienna, a Co-Editor in Chief for the Smoke Signal! I am a senior, and this is my first year on the staff. After high school, I hope to attend a 4-year college to study business admin with a concentration in Project Management. When not at school I am a little kids' soccer coach! I have a love for the beach, sunsets, and my dog Peach!
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    Ryan FoxSep 11, 2023 at 5:15 pm

    Amazing ! This will help me get my license one day, thanks for writing this.

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