A big part of getting ready to drive is learning the rules of the road. Before you can take your road test, you need to have your permit. The only way to get a permit is to pass the Rhode Island driver’s written test. The test is designed by the state to make sure that new drivers, and those who need to renew their license and take their test again, are safe when they eventually get out on the road. The test should not intimidate you though. As long as you take enough time to prepare for the test, you will pass. The following tips will help you get your mind in shape to take the test.
The driver’s manual
It is very important that you get a copy of the Driver’s Manual from the Rhode Island DMV. The manual contains all of the information you need to be safe and to pass your test. It covers safety rules, driving skills, signals, emergencies, parking laws, traffic laws, and more. It even has a section on tips for passing your road test when the time comes. All of the questions on the test come right from the information in the manual.
The manual is available in English and in Spanish, and you can download the PDF to your computer so you will always have access to it. If you want to have a portable version, consider adding it to your e-reader, your tablet, or your smartphone. You should make it a point to read the entire manual, but that’s not all you need to do to prepare for the test.
You need to know the types of questions that will be on the test. Taking online practice tests is the perfect way to do that, and you can find many free tests on the web. One site that you might want to consider is DMV Written Test. They have several available tests for Rhode Island, and the questions are just like those on the real test. Once you’ve read and studied the manual, take one of the tests to see how you do. Note all of the questions that you got wrong and learn the correct answers, as well as why they are correct. Then, once you’ve studied some more, go back and take another practice test. You will notice that it continues to get easier to do well on them.
Get an app
It is also advisable to download an app for your phone or tablet that can help. Apps are available that provide information from the manual and practice questions. These are nice because you can practice no matter where you might be. Some of the options you can consider for your app include Drivers Ed app and DMV Permit Test.
A final tip
A mistake that many people make when they are taking the real test is to hurry and rush through the questions. Some also think that they are going to try to add trick questions to the test. Don’t worry, as the questions are usually straightforward, and they are the same ones that you’ve answered on the practice exams. Prepare, and you will do fantastic on the test.
This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How to Prepare for the Rhode Island Driver’s Written Test and was authored by Valerie Johnston.