It is 5:30 AM in the morning. I quickly jumped out of the bed, and my husband followed after me. I immediately put up my make up, chose a casual dress, a pair of flat shoes then took off. I knew if we were 15 min later, we wouldn’t be able to get our test today. We drove onto Road 66 highway after 15 min, then arrived at DMV. Surprisingly, there were already four people sitting there, each with a beach chair. The sky was totally dark.
I talked with the two guys next to me; they said they also came here for the road test! At 6:30 am sun rose. The line already piled up. We did some reading in the two-hour waiting.
At 7:15 am, the guard came in, and he took out one American flag and one DMV flag, preparing for hoisting. At 8 AM, the door opened, and we got into the DMV. I waited for another 40 min to get the road test. The examiner is an Asian Lady. She checked my headlight, Windshield Wipers, window condition, turn on blinking light, hazard light and then she sat into the car. She said to open the air conditioner; it was too hot.I said:” it is already open.” Then she asked me to drive out of DMV, did two right turns (35mph speed limit), then into a residential area (25mph). After 10min, we went back to DMV. She told me went to 13 windows and got the result. She told me I passed. During the test there were two times she told me I drove too slow and one time I hit 1mph above the speed limit, overall she thought I was qualified to be on the road alone. The primary reason I passed because I scanned a lot during the process. Scanning will save your life is the suggestion from an old river that I always remember.
So my suggestion is:
1 If you want to do a walk-in road test, waking up early. 5:30 AM is ideal.Because they only take 5 people for road test each day.
2 Go to the DMV you want to take the test drive, and familiar with the speed limit around the DMV. Big road 35 mph, small road 25 mph in my case
3 Scanning, scanning, scanning, always move your head when you take your test
4 Explain to the examiner why you drive below speed limit — always explain (your understanding of your situation is very important)
5 Stop completely before stop sign
The examiner sitting next to you is like a stress tester. if you drive slower she will require drive faster, vise versa. In this environment what you need to is to make sure the person sitting next to you and yourself are safe. Always be calm, no big deal.
Good luck with next person who is going to take the road test! Hope this helps.
If you have any more questions you can send your questions to my email: firstname.lastname@example.org I am happy to answer any question related to road test to you.
6:30 AM waiting line
Inside DMV at 8:30 AM