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                                                                     Speed Road Test NY

                                                       A Service of Power Auto School Inc

Hi, My name is Sam from Power Auto School Inc .Tips to help you pass your New York State Road Test..

 1.How do you go about finding the right Driving School?

2.How do you know if the instructor is being honest about how many lessons you need?

3.How many driving in-car  lessons do I need before I am ready for my road test?

These are all great questions.

How many lessons do I need until I can pass?

Usually 8 to 12 Depending on the student it can go up to 30 lessons(not the norm).

When searching for a Driving school keep these few things in mind


1.Find an instructor that you like

2.Price is a factor, I would say most schools probably charge about the same. In some cases its worth spending the extra money if you are comfortable with your instructor,  you may be paying a little extra for this instructor, but chances are that if you are happy with him her then you will end up taking less in-car lessons, since your learning in a good environment.

When learning with an instructor that you’re not fond of he or she maybe a little better in price, but, you may end up taking more lessons (spending more money on the long run). You need a good friendly environment when learning how to drive.

3.If you are feeling comfortable with your instructor ask him/ her after the second or third lesson, what do you (the instructor) think about my driving? am I average or a terrible driver?  Most of the time YOU will know how you’re doing, but still want to hear it from the instructor.

4.You want to feel that you’re getting your moneys worth. Is the instructor getting you to the next level? is my driving improving? or are you stuck in stage one? (not always the instructors fault).

SOME TIPS FOR BEGINNERS.

Lesson 1

When I teach driving, I like to be involved in every move that the student takes, but also want to give them space to breath. When dealing with a student who never drove before, we begin by learning the basics, how to start the car.

How to be positioned when driving, being comfortable while driving is important, driving with only the right foot is a must, not both feet.

How to position your foot, keep the bottom of your foot on one spot only move the top part of your foot  from brake to gas, practice, right is gas left is brake.When braking keep your foot on the brake closest to the gas.  (Automatic cars of course).

gas break

Once we get trough that, we stay in the same spot still talking about how to position mirrors, blind spots, a blind spot is the spot that you can’t see in the side view mirrors,you must turn your head over your right or left shoulder to see the blind spot.

So now put the car into drive while holding your foot on the brake most cars will have a button of some sort that you have to press simultaneously with the brake to maneuver the gear in to drive or reverse, this button is a safety feature, this way a child can not put the car into drive without first pressing on the brake and pushing this button at the same time.

If you let go of the brake while the gear is in drive the car will start moving, you must hold the car back from moving with the brake. You do not want to accelerate too strong the car will go too fast, be sensitive with the accelerator , same goes for the brake, too strong and you will get shaken up. As smooth as possible once in drive.. the student will lift his /her foot from the brake pedal, let the car roll and then I will tell them to brake but not go down very strong only as much as you need for the car to stop.

It’s important for a new driver to get in the habit of moving his/her foot easily from gas to brake, it’s a good idea to practice this maneuvering while in one spot before getting on the road.

Maneuvering your foot back and forth from gas to brake , brake to gas, is the first step in becoming a good driver since you will be doing this often on the road, while making a turn for example you sometimes start with your foot on the brake and end the turn with the gas, so being flexible with your foot will help you become a better driver.

When puling out of a parking space you need to use your blinkers, side view mirror, and look over your shoulder for the blind spot. Make sure no car is coming from behind you, one block distance, although if you see a car racing then use your common sense as to when it is safe to pull out.

blind spot

When pulling out make sure to stay in the lane closest to you, if there is more than one lane, when its a one lane street stay in the center of the street.

How do you know if your staying in the center of the street? look as far as you can when driving look ahead  and not only around the car, that will help you stay in the center of the street.

Lesson 2

Once you have mastered the basics of accelerating and how to properly use the brakes we can move forward to the next level.

Some things we will discuss in lesson 2

Stop signs ,turns ,observing, judgement.

While driving on street look ahead at the approaching intersection to see if you are approaching a stop sign or a traffic light.

Stop signs there are two types of stop signs, all way and regular,the difference is simple, a regular stop sign means that you have a stop sign and the others don’t. All way means that all sides have a stop sign.

stop sign

If you are at a regular stop sign you have to come to a full stop! After clearing the cross walk making sure there are no pedestrian’s you may then inch out slowly (not rolling, rather inching) a bit at a time while looking both right and left.

Make sure no vehicles are coming within a block distance, after you are sure that its clear you may cross over the intersection.

All way stop sign: all sides have a stop sign, make a full stop! wait for pedestrians to cross. After the stop if you are first then you may proceed.

Left turn on a two way street when approaching the turn pull out in to the center of the intersection, wait for the on coming traffic, when no cars are approaching the opposite side of the road for a distance of a block, use your judgment as to how fast the cars are approaching the opposite side traffic coming towards you when safe you may make the left turn.

Keep in mind on a two-way street and you want to make a left turn, if there are people crossing the street to your left you may not make the turn until they have finished crossing .

Keep your focus on three things when making a left turn on a two-way street,

1. cars approaching the opposite side of the street. 2. people crossing to your left. 3. The traffic light, if the light turns red you must make the turn, don’t get stuck in the middle of the intersection.

When at a stop sign and you want make a right turn start inching to your right to avoid a wide turn. It is not enough to only look to your left for approaching vehicles you must also look in front of the car for pedestrians that maybe crossing.

I had a student that failed his road test because he only looked out for cars, while at a stop sign he slowly moved out making a right turn only looking to his left for cars but didn’t bother looking in front of the car for pedestrians.

lets talk about turns.

I will attempt to teach you the proper way to make turns on paper, you can also check out my video on how to make hand over hand turns here.

Hand over hand turns... I like teaching this style of turning, I find that it works best with my students. It may take a little time to master but very well worth it,for many it doesn’t come natural but after grasping this style of turning  you wont want to turn back.It also looks professional.

Picture a clock in your mind and put your hand on the steering wheel, right hand at 2 o’clock and left hand at 10 o’clock when making a left turn you will take your right hand and turn to the left to seven o’clock and then cross from the top with your left hand pull the wheel from 12 o’clock to to seven o’clock.

This is a little tricky when your right hand is at seven your left hand goes up to 12 and then you bring your right hand back to the 2 o’clock position. So when you are done turning the wheel to the position that you want, you go back with your hands to the 10 and 2 position. Your hands are constantly moving.

Now you let the wheel slide back until the car is straight when you let the wheel slide back your hands are on the steering wheel the whole time but holding the wheel softly enough for the wheel to slide back to the strait position.

Right turns, is the same idea start with hands at 10 and 2 o’clock pull the wheel with your left hand to 5 o’clock and then with your right hand pull from 12 to 3, adjust as needed.

Notice both right and left  turns you start the turn with opposite hand, right turn you start with the left hand and left  turn you start with the right hand pulling to the direction you want the car to go.    

Notice, for many this takes a lot of  practice before perfection. 

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OBSERVING…

Many people get points on the road test for not observing, few examples of not observing,  pulling out of a stop sign and not looking around enough, looking only at one side of the street or not looking enough at both sides, not looking in the back of the car when backing at a parallel park or 3 point turn,

video tips for beginners

To be continued…

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