How to Get your Driver’s License

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How to Get your Driver’s License

Jefferson Michel, Staff Writer

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Are you planning on attending a school close to home, or are you trying to become an independent adult and go away to school? Regardless of your plans, one thing that you will definitely need is a car. Subsequently, you’ll also be needing a license.

1. Get Your Learner’s Permit

If you’re anything like me, you have had the “drive” to begin the process at a young age. If you don’t have the slightest clue of how to drive I recommend you get your learner’s permit. In order to take the permit test, you should study the State’s Driver’s Manual, which is available at the DMV or online (it’s also listed below). If you are a bit short on time, then I would advise taking practice tests online. When you have gotten to a level where you feel comfortable with the content in the online practice tests, you’re ready for the next step!

*When you head to the DMV, make sure to bring legal identification, such as your birth certificate and social security card, as well as money for the fee when you pass.*

Here is the link for the PDF of the NYS Driver’s Manual:

2. Learn the Basics

Now that you have your permit, it would benefit you to learn the basics about how to operate a car before actually putting the pedal to the metal. One thing you have definitely seen an adult do before driving is adjust his/her seat and mirrors. This is practiced so that you won’t have the need to fix your position while operating the car, which could possibly lead to an accident. Mirrors are essential when driving, because you need to be able to view all angles of the road to avoid oncoming cars, pedestrians, and other road blocks.

3. Get A Teacher

As you should know, there are restrictions that come with a permit. One major limitation is that you must drive with a consenting adult who is 21 or older. If possible, try asking a parent, older sibling, or neighbor to teach you. Another alternative is to sign up for driving school, although they are pricey.

4. Practice Makes Perfect

Once you have a handle on being behind the wheel, become your family members’ personal chauffeur. This will grant you more experience and practice in a low key environment.

5. Go For It

Take the Road Test. Hopefully you will feel courageous enough to take it. Keep in mind that if you are under the age of 18, then you must wait 6 months from your 17th birthday to take the exam.