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Frequently Asked Questions - Preparing For Your IA Driving Exam (Or Road Test)

Your examiner wants to see that you are capable of driving safely and effectively. During your IA Driving Exam, you want to make sure that you are not driving too quickly or too slowly; you want to accelerate smoothly and gradually. Obey all stop signs and traffic signals, do not tailgate other vehicles and stay in the correct lane. You should also know what various street signs and traffic signals indicate to drivers on the road.
The night before your IA Driving Exam, you should practice driving with a licensed driver who is 21 years old or older. You should make sure you get a good night's rest.
Yes. You must supply a vehicle for your IA Driving Exam that is in good working condition. The vehicle should be properly registered and insured.
You should practice and develop a number of safe driving skills. You should feel comfortable accelerating smoothly and gradually, passing through intersections safely, changing lanes effectively, coming to a complete stop at stop signs and traffic signals, sharing the road with other drives, maintaining the speed limit, staying in the correct lane and more. Remember during your exam, your primary responsibility is to demonstrate to your examiner that you know how to drive safely and effectively.
Anywhere in Iowa as long the road or street is public and as you are accompanied by a licensed driver, who is 21 years old or older, whenever you are behind the wheel. You should begin practicing in familiar areas then progress to different areas that will test your driving knowledge and your adaptability to different driving situations.
Yes. You will need to learn how to parallel park for your IA Driving Exam.
Contact your local DOT office to find out each location's specific scheduling requirements. You can find a list of available locations by visiting this website: http://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/ods/dlsites.htm
You will take your exam at your local DOT office. You can find a list of available locations near you by visiting this website: http://www.iowadot.gov/mvd/ods/dlsites.htm