Road Skills Test Overview

On the Road Skills Test you will be expected to do all or part of the following:

  1. Parallel Parking: Park midway between two standards so that your car is not more than 18 inches from the curb.
  2. Backing: Back your car for a distance of about 50 feet, at a slow rate of speed, and as straight and as smoothly as possible. Turn your head and look back at all times while backing.
  3. Stopping for Signs or Traffic Signals: Give the proper hand or brake signal; approach in the proper lane; stop before reaching a pedestrian crosswalk, and remain stopped until you can move safely through.
  4. Turnabout: Turn your car in a narrow space using two-, three- or five-point turns.
  5. Use of Clutch: If your car has a standard transmission, you must shift smoothly and correctly.
  6. Approaching Corners: You must be in the proper lane and look in both directions.
  7. Yielding Right-of-Way: Always yield the right-of-way to pedestrians, motor vehicles, bicyclists, or anyone else who moves into the intersection before you.
  8. Turning: Get into the proper lane and give signal an adequate distance before reaching the turn.
  9. Passing: Always look ahead and behind to make sure you can safely pass without interfering with other traffic.
  10. Following: Do not drive too closely behind other cars. Watch the car ahead of you; when it passes some reference point, such as a telephone pole, and then count "one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two." If you pass the same spot before you are through counting, you are following too closely.
  11. Posture: Keep both hands on the steering wheel. Do not rest your elbow on the window and do not attempt to carry on a conversation with the Examiner because they will be busy giving instructions and recording your score.