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Before taking the real DMV permit or driver's license test you should take some practice tests.

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  • When you are a first time applicant:
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  • When you are a new U.S. resident with an out-of-country license:
    ...and wish to convert to a state driver's license (exceptions exist).

  • When the rules in your state requires a re-exam, like when your license was revoked.

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Nationwide Campaign

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is launching a nationwide campaign against distracted driving.

States where text messaging is both prohibited and a primary offense may get $8 million in grant funding to support this and other efforts designed to fight distracted driving.

Several states have already started crackdowns by law enforcement agencies. In New Jersey, as an example, the crackdown started on April 1 and will continue until April 21.

Deadly Epidemic

Drivers talking and messaging on their phones while driving are in focus for this campaign.

Distracted driving has become a deadly epidemic on America’s roads, and teens are especially vulnerable because of their inexperience behind the wheel“, says Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

What is the leading cause of death among teenagers in U.S.?

Is it:

 A. Drug overdose.

 B. Intentional self-harm (suicide).

 C. Traffic crashes.

 D. Cancer.

You guessed correctly. It is traffic crashes. American teens are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers. 16 percent of teen drivers involved in fatal crashes were distracted while driving.

The Laws in Your State

Make sure you know the laws in your state. When you apply for your first permit, you are very likely to be asked about cell phone and messaging restrictions.

Currently 43 states and District of Columbia ban text messaging for all drivers, regardless of age.

12 states and District of Columbia prohibit all drivers, regardless of age, from using a handheld cell phone while driving.

Even if the use of a handheld phone is allowed in your state, the safest thing you can do is not to use your phone while driving. Pull of the road if you must use your phone. Using your phone with a hands-free device is also an option, but limit all use as much as possible.

More Information

For more info visit: www.distraction.gov

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Borrowing Money

If you are heading for college, it is more than likely that you will borrow money to help pay for your education. You will exhaust all scholarship and grant options. You will look for federal student loans and maybe loans sponsored by your school or other private institutions.

Imagine you are suddenly flush with cash. More money than you ever had. You want new clothes. You want a cool car. You want your own place to stay.

Can You Pay Back?

Make sure you understand that all money must be repaid. It doesn’t matter if you get your degree or not, or if you get a job or not. The lender wants his money back.

The point here is that missed payments on your student loans can hurt your credit rating and cause lots of other financial problems. Once you start digging that hole, it may stay with you for a long time! Make sure you know your limits.

How Much Should You Borrow?

A common rule is to borrow no more than your expected starting salary. Unfortunately, starting salaries have been slipping the last couple of years. Don’t overestimate your future earnings. You may be confronted with a harsh reality.

It is true that the federal repayment plan comes with a better safety net, but you should still borrow wisely.

Keeping a good credit rating is a large part of your dream to get your driver’s license and your own car. Don’t mess it up!

Some Good Sources

Credit Karma gives you access to free credit scores, free monitoring, and free advice on how to improve your credit.

FinAid can help you figure out how much school will cost. They have tools for calculating college costs, loan payments, savings, and more.

The US Department of Education has tons of information about choosing and applying to schools, and taking required tests. You will learn if you are eligible for financial aid or not. They will help you with repayment plans and how to get help with problems.

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Dash Cameras in Snowplows

Do you wake up in the morning and wonder what the roads will look like today? Is it safe to drive to work? When they say that roads are partially covered, what does that actually mean?

In Iowa you will soon be able to get current photos of your route to work.

Iowa DOT has mounted iPhone 4 to the windshield of a snowplow. The camera is programmed to take photos of the road every few minutes. The images are geo-tagged and automatically sent back to a website.

Snowplow Map on Iowa DOT

The snowplow map site has been up and running for the past year and you can see snowplow location, material use, and other data. The new road snapshots from the iPhones will be another layer of data added to the site when this new feature is launched.

The feature is still in a testing phase and a remaining 800 or so snowplows still need to have a camera installed. There is no date set for this to be completed.

Stationary Cameras

In the meantime, stationary cameras give you photos available on www.511ia.org, weatherview.iowadot.gov and the snowplow map.

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Ford F-150

Complete Redesign

The new, fully redesigned, 2015 Ford F-150 debuted at the Detroit auto show this week. The new F-150 offers new technology that we haven’t seen in pickup trucks before.

A four-camera system lets you to see all four sides of the truck. On a center stack screen you can get a bird’s-eye view of the truck and surrounding area. The rear view camera adds a line on the screen to help drivers line up the trailer.

Lighter

With the use of high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloys this new F-150 will weigh as much as 700 lbs. less than its predecessor. Lighter weight and smaller engines result in better acceleration, braking, corrosion resistance, and fuel economy.

Safety

New Curve Control provides better four-wheel braking when you take a curve too fast. Adaptive cruise control helps you keep a safe distance to any vehicle ahead. Features also include lane departure warning and blind spot detection.

America’s Best-selling Car

F-150 has been North America’s best-selling vehicle for 32 years. In its class, it competes against Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500, Dodge Ram 1500, and Toyota Tundra. The Tundra, Silverado, and Sierra were redesigned in model year 2014. Dodge Ram got a makeover 2013.

Detroit Auto Show

The annual auto show is held in Detroit, Mich. and is open to the public from January 18.


Sources: Ford.com and consumerreports.org

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Speed Ad - NZ Transport Agency

NZ Television Campaign

The New Zealand Transport Agency has launched a much talked about television campaign, hoping to change the way that people look at their speed when they’re driving. The video has gone viral around the world and you can watch it on YouTube.

The video has started intense discussions about how we should relate to other drivers’ traffic sense, or perhaps, the lack of it. Both drivers are shown in a disturbing argument, apologizing for their respective errors of judgment.

Room for Mistakes

The key message for this campaign is that no one should pay for a mistake with their life. When we drive, we share the road with others. The speed you choose must leave room for any potential error, no matter if it is your own mistake or another driver’s mistake.

Speeding Attitudes in U.S.

In a recent survey by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 25% admitted “speeding is something I do without thinking” and “I enjoy the feeling of driving fast.”

In addition, 16% felt that “driving over the speed limit is not dangerous for skilled drivers.

Other people make mistakes. Not you. Right?


Sources: www.nzta.govt.nz, NHTSA.gov

The video on YouTube.com

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Auto insurance

Since you are taking practice tests on this site you will soon have a new driver’s license in your hand. And perhaps a new car? And your first auto-insurance?

Nowadays you can do most things online. You also have smart tools that let you compare things side by side and find the best deals. Often true about cars. A lot of web sites also tell you how to find cheap auto insurance. But do they work?

Well, not so good.

Finding the best auto insurance is actually harder than you would think. Just because a friend or neighbor got a great deal doesn’t mean you will get the same offer.

Instant quotes online, like insweb.com, are nothing more than very rough estimates. Our tests showed differences up to 40% compared to the real premiums.

Not until you have provided your Social Security number and a lot of other information can an insurance agent or a web service calculate the real quote. All of this requires a check-up on your driving record, credit history and other official records.

Now, there is much to be said about how the insurance industry works, but this is what we have to live with.

Good Student

As long as you study and live with your parent’s, stay on their auto insurance. This will also give you time to get a driving record. Hopefully without accidents or tickets.

If you move from home and need your own insurance, ask for good student discounts, most insurance companies have such discounts.

Good Records

Your driving record matters. You should of course avoid accidents and tickets. If you get points on your record, ask your local DMV office if you can get rid of them by taking a defensive driving course.

Your credit score also matters. Make sure you know what your credit report says. Correct any errors and make sure you pay all your bills and credit cards on time.

Safe Car

The insurance premium is not all about you. It is also about your car. Check safety ratings and compare the average premiums for different car models. That will give you a fairly good idea about which cars to avoid (usually sports cars) and which ones will lower your premium.

An Agent or Online?

Some say that an agent will get you the lowest price, others argue that buying online direct from a company is better.

If records and other circumstances aren’t straight-forward, you should talk to an agent. An agent can give you a lot of useful advice. Compare the agents offer with what you can get online before you decide.

 

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Prepare

A lot of people take their knowledge test without being prepared. They think that it is all common sense since they already know how to drive. Others just get nervous, not knowing what to expect.

In fact, two out of three fail their first attempt.

That is why we created this site. We don’t want you to fail; we want you to pass the first time.

The Manual

Reading the driver’s manual is a must. The test is all about verifying that you have done just that.

Don’t just use your eyes when you are reading. The exact recall of specific words and quotations can have the opposite effect in a test if you don’t read questions carefully. You should the try to see the bigger picture, instead of isolated facts.

Discuss questions with yourself or with others. Why is it this way? Why should you use a two-second or three-second following distance? Why do the seconds matter?

Prepare in Time

Start early and read the manual, but don’t rush through everything at once. Give the manual at least a week or two. The key is to digest everything slowly and carefully. After each chapter, try to summarize what you have read. What is important?

If you created a test, what would you ask?

Practice

Being familiar with how the test works is very important. Our tests are based on the way the written tests work in most states. You will be given multiple-choice questions with three or four answers. Only one is correct.

Take practice tests every day until you easily score 90% or more.

The Questions

Read the question again, because this is where you are most likely to fail.

Some read too much into questions, anxious not to be the victim of a trick question. Others glance directly at the answers and see a familiar phrase that they believe is correct, and don’t look at the question again.

There are no trick questions on the real knowledge test. Questions are usually very simple and straight-forward with clear answers. (The tests on this site are harder!).

The difference between giving a question a quick glance or read it carefully one or two times is not that big! You are usually not in a hurry.

Guessing

What if you have no clue, should you guess?

You might see a question where you have no clue about the answer. After taking our practice tests, we don’t believe that will happen, but still… What should you do in this situation?

If you can save the question until later, do that (most states allow this)! Otherwise, take a guess. But don’t despair if the answer is wrong, just move forward.

However, do not guess too often. If you have read the manual, you should know the answer. Relax and try to picture yourself with the manual. Surely it was in there somewhere? Think and discuss with yourself. Remembering images often helps.

If you need to guess several times, you are probably not ready for your test. Nothing wrong in that, just prepare better next time.

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Recent Changes To Our Tests


Open Container Law Questions

2014-03-30: Some minor updates to Permit questions about the open container law were made this morning.

Full Stop at Red Light

2014-03-17: Shuffling of answer alternatives affected a question about red lights on the New Mexico and Kansas Test. The correct answer is that you must always come to a complete stop at a red light. Reported by Orlando.

Connecticut Learner's Permit

2014-03-13: One comment about Connecticut learner's permit contained old information. Thanks to Rebecca for letting us know.

Texas License and Permit Tests Corrected

2014-03-13: A handful of spelling errors have been corrected. Thanks to Zadie for taking the time to report them!

Arizona Permit Test Updated

2014-02-23: A handful of old questions about alcohol have been removed. Some new questions in different areas have been added.

New Mexico Driver's Manual Completely Covered

2014-02-23: We have added new questions for your New Mexico Instructional Permit or Driver's License test. The tests now completely cover the New Mexico manual. More and better questions than ever!

Cell Phone Use in Illinois

2014-02-20: Some questions about cell phone use have been updated due to the new Illinois law, effective January 2014.

Effective Jan. 1, 2014, Illinois law prohibits the use of hand-held cellphones, texting or using other electronic communications while operating a motor vehicle. Hands-free devices or Blue Tooth technology is allowed for persons over age 18.


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