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Use these tricks to help you with your DMV practice test and to pass your road test on the first try.


Use SAM to remember what to do when you get in the car: Seatbelt, Adjustments, Mirrors. On the day of your road test, before you start your vehicle’s engine fasten your seatbelt, and ask the instructor to do the same. If necessary make adjustments to the seat, side or rear-view mirrors, and steering wheel. Check your mirrors and adjust them as well, if necessary, to eliminate any blind spots. Even just touching the mirror lets your instructor know you're paying attention.

Two cars driving down the road.

“Only a Fool Ignores the Two-Second Rule”

Make sure you are always two seconds following distance behind every car you follow.This means once the car ahead of you passes a landmark, such as a light pole or a building, you should pass it at least two seconds later. You can remember the two-second rule by reciting to yourself, "Only a fool ignores the two-second rule." It sounds (and is) simple, but you would be surprised how easily it sticks into your head. You'll be following the two-second rule long after you've earned your license.

Checking mirrors before backing up


Use this helpful mnemonic SMOG to remember how to safely change lanes on a roadway. SMOG stands for Signal, Mirror, Over-the-shoulder, Go. When changing lanes on a roadway, first, use your turn signal. Then, check your mirrors for any oncoming cars in your intended lane. Take a quick glance over your shoulder (ensuring you have enough space between your car and the one in front of you), and if it's all clear, you can go.

Mnemonic devices help you remember important things for both the written and driving exams.

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