Road test in Minnesota??

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  1. spradhan01

    spradhan01 Notebook Virtuoso

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    My friend is going to give a road test next week.
    I really don't know what are the things that I should teach her?
    Can anyone suggest what are the things that you need to know and practise giving a road test in Minnesota?

    Thanks
     
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    Kuu That Quiet Person

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    Watch out for ice and snow? :D

    If possible, do road tests on Weekends where you don't have to worry about school zones at all (I've seen at least 8 different times periods for school zones in our city alone).
    Stay in lane when doing right and left hand turns (I got points off myself for making a left turn too wide).
    Be aware of construction zones and other road problems.
    Try and follow another person that's doing the test so you know what to look for (although this might or might not work, for obvious reasons).
    Watching speed is one of the easiest things you can screw up on (has happened to all of my friends for some reason).
    Make sure the car is in good working order and isn't making any weird noises before you actually drive (I actually did about 4 different errands in my car 4 hours before I took my test).
    And just relax? I was actually pretty mellowed out and sleepy by the time I was actually scheduled to take my test; make sure you're actually awake for the test :)
     
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    spradhan01 Notebook Virtuoso

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    What about those parallel parkings and stuff?
     
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    Step666 Professional chubby Chris Pratt impersonator

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    I don't mean to be rude or dismissive but if she isn't ready now, I really doubt there's much you can do in the space of a week that will change that.
     
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    spradhan01 Notebook Virtuoso

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    She is fine.
    I just wanted her to practise more on the specific tests.
    Anyone from MN who can tell me what are different things need to be done in road test?
     
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    One helpful thing to do is to drive around on the roads near the DMV location that she's taking her test at. It's a lot easier to test on roads you're already familiar with. Tell her to take note of speed limits and other road signs in the area.
     
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    Keep the two hands on the wheel(10:10).
    Abuse dead-angles (is that how they are called in English?)
    Follow speed limits (especially in residential areas)
    Complete 3 second STOPs
    That's about it.... I doubt it differs much across North America
     
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    My brother just passed the road test here in MN 6 months ago.

    Main things are parallel parking, 90° backing into a parking space, one-way streets, and parking on a hill.

    Do the parallel & 90° in as few moves as possible, I think you can redo the whole procedure if you feel you're not doing it well enough, but if you hit a cone you automatically fail so go slow & be careful. The one way streets, most of the time there's multiple lanes and you'll turn into the left-most lane and have to make a right turn at the next block crossing 3-4 lanes (or right to left). Parking on a hill, know which way the tires need to be turned depending on whether you're facing up or down hill & whether or not there's a curb.

    Do you know where they're testing at? If it's in the metro, Plymouth & Arden Hills are a private course and the only other people on the road are other testers, whereas Anoka is out on the local streets. Those are the only three I know about but it's a big change on whether its actual roads or a closed course.

    Make sure whatever vehicle they're testing in they've driven before and are comfortable in. Keep it slow, especially if the roads are crappy (not sure what they'll be like next week). Keep it below the speed limits (or safe for conditions), completely stop, know the proper right-of-way rules, two hands on the wheel all the time, and over exaggerate as you look at the mirrors and over your shoulder, make sure the examiner knows that you're looking around.

    It might help to re-read or review the Driver's License Manual to refresh knowledge on laws and what to do. Here's the manual if you need it
    Driver and Vehicle Services - Minnesota Driver's Manual

    Couple other things, get there probably 30-45 minutes early. You'll need to wait in line, check your car in, check yourself in, fill out paperwork, etc. As for the car, make sure all lights (headlights, brights, blinkers/hazards, brakes), horn, wipers, etc work, anything not working & they'll send you home. Know where the hazards button, wiper switch, defroster, vent controls, horn, e-brake, insurance card, etc is because you'll need to show the examiner that.

    That's all I can think of for now. If you have other questions, PM me or ask here, I'll be happy to answer them. Just have them remember to stay calm, go slow, & think about what they do; it's not really that bad.
     
  9. foo_ball76

    foo_ball76 Notebook Evangelist

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    Over emphasize the checking of the mirrors when changing lanes and I mean make it dramatic. Practice the technical skills of parking. Finally make sure that she comes to a 100% complete stop at all stop signs and stop lights, not just a jerk with the brakes.

    Those are the three biggest things I can think of from my drivers education days.
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions.
     
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