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Frequently Asked Questions - Taking Your NY Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
- How does the examiner assess my driving?
- What should I expect at the beginning of my NY Driving Exam?
- What should I expect during my NY Driving Exam?
- Do I have to retake my written exam on the day of my NY Driving Exam?
- Who is allowed to be in the car with me during my NY Driving Exam?
- Can I wear my contact lenses or glasses during my NY Driving Exam?
- What if I fail my NY Driving Exam?
- Who needs to accompany me to my NY Driving Exam?
- Are there any tips I should follow to ensure I pass my NY Driving Exam?
On your NY Driving Exam, your examiner will assess what important safe driving techniques that you are completing successfully. The examiner uses a point system. You must not accumulate more than 30 negative points. You will be disqualified automatically if you commit a dangerous driving action, violate serious traffic laws and/or cause an accident.
The examiner will first inspect your vehicle by checking your head lights, brake lights, car tag and your signal lights. If everything is fine, the examiner will join you in your vehicle and ask you to start its engine.
During your NY Driving Exam, you will have to demonstrate that you know how to drive defensively, yield the right-of-way, stop at controlled and uncontrolled intersections, change lanes, back up, parallel park and many more practical driving skills.
No. Once you have passed successfully your NY written test, you do not need to pass the test again.
Only you and the examiner will be allowed in your vehicle during the Driving Exam. No one else is allowed.
Yes. You should wear contact lenses or glasses during your exam if that is what you normally use to see.
There is no limit to how many times you can take the NY Driving Exam. If you fail the exam, pay attention to what your examiner identifies as your weak points. Before taking your NY Driving Exam again, study and develop your driving skills. Your permit should still be valid for practicing. If you fail the NY Driving Exam a second time, you will have to visit the NY DMV office and pay a $10 fee for two additional driving exams.
A licensed driver who is 21 years old or older must accompany you to your NY Driving Exam.
The best way to pass your NY Driving Exam is to practice driving safely. You should able to demonstrate to your examiner that you are skilled enough to drive alone. You should practice changing lanes properly, signaling effectively, accelerating smoothly and gradually.