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Texas Teen Drivers (ITTD) Program Effective September 1, 2015

Effective September 1, 2015, Texas teen drivers are required to complete a new program that emphasizes the ever increasing dangers of distracted driving. They must complete the new requirement before they will be eligible to take the driving skills exam.

What is the Purpose of the ITTD Program?

The Impact Texas Teen Drivers (ITTD) program has been developed by Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS). Its goal is to save lives through education and awareness, particularly about distracted driving. By educating young or new drivers about the dangers of distracted driving, TxDPS wants to reduce the risk of young drivers being involved in automobile crashes.

What is the New ITTD Program?

ITTD is a two-hour video about safe driving. It is a prerequisite to and the last step before taking the road test. The video contains eight (8) different modules that you can view independently.

ITTD is NOT part of the 32 classroom hours of Driver Education that you must take as a teen driver. It must be viewed after you completed your Teen Driver Education course.

You can get the video through a Third Party Skills Testing (TPST) authorized school or TxDPS website. Follow this link: Impact Texas Teen Drivers website.

Who Must Complete the ITTD Program?

If you are scheduled to take the road test on September 1, 2015 or later, you must view the ITTD video and receive a completion certificate before you can take the test. The road test must be taken within 90 days of the certificate.

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Massachusetts Practice Permit Tests Reviewed and Updated

The FREE on-line permit practice tests for Massachusetts have been reviewed and updated. More than 250 new question have been added to the database. Questions are directly from the latest information and Driver’s Manual from MassDOT Registry of Motor Vehicles.

New Law in 2015

Among the updates in our permit practice tests are questions about the new law about use of headlights. Like many other States, drivers in Massachusetts are now required to turn on their headlights whenever they use their windshield wipers due to inclement weather. Daytime running lights are no longer sufficient.

Comments Updated

Most comments to our answers have also been reviewed and updated to match the recent changes in the RMV Driver’s Manual. This makes it easier to find the appropriate chapter in the RMV manual. When you take our RMV practice tests it is a good idea to go back manual and make sure you fully understand the answer.

Why People Fail Their First RMV Knowledge Test

All practice tests are designed to strengthen deeper knowledge and stimulate reflection. To get ahead of the crowd, you should not try to just memorize answers. People who fail their first RMV knowledge test don’t pay enough attention to what is asked and have often tried to just memorize phrases, instead of really understanding Massachusetts rules of the road and safe driving. In other words, there is no substitute for true learning.

Stay curious, ask yourself how and why. Study with a friend and try to explain rules of the road with your own words. This will pay off.

Efficient, Reliable and Professional Tests

Driver’s Prep are committed to provide you with efficient, reliable and professional service. This means that you can always ask for additional information if you feel that any of our answers are insufficient or wrong. You should, however, know that answers and explanations are always available in the Driver’s Manual.

What Questions Will be on the Real Knowledge Test?

Massachusetts practice tests are exactly that; practice tests! You should use them to verify how well prepared you are for the real knowledge test. The real permit questions can be drawn from any part of the driver’s manual and are totally random. You will typically see questions about road signs, right-of-way, alcohol misuse, suspensions, and restrictions placed on your permit or Junior License.

How Many Questions Are There on the Permit Knowledge Test?

Your permit exam will have 25 multiple-choice questions. You have 25 minutes to correctly answer at least 18 questions, which is a passing score of 72%. This is a lower score than most States, most experts will say that it is too low.

The allotted time of 25 minutes is usually more than enough, even if it doesn’t appear to be. It is a good idea to use your full minute for each question. Read the question carefully and try to answer it before you look at the choices. Then, read ALL the choices before choosing your answer. Don’t jump to quick conclusions based on what looks familiar.

Don’t add you own information to a question. Remember, Everything you need to pick the correct answer is in the question or the choices. There are no trick questions.

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Connecticut DMV Permit Practice Test Updated

Get all the DMV questions and answers you need to pass the Connecticut DMV knowledge test from our new and updated permit practice tests. You will find more than 1,000 practice questions to help you review and verify the knowledge you obtained from the Connecticut Driver’s Manual. It is that easy to make sure you are ready for the real thing!

Get the Latest Connecticut Driver’s Manual

You should start by downloading a free copy of the Manual or get a copy from your local DMV office. The free pdf version is found online at www.ct.gov. Having a pdf version is highly recommended, since it makes it easy to search for certain keywords.

The Connecticut Driver’s Manual is available in English and Spanish. There are also audio versions in these languages. Listening to the audio version can be great when you are on the go. It also makes learning easier.

Even if some find it hard to read everything in the Manual, it is still your best source of information. It contains everything you need to know to pass the knowledge test. Break it up in small pieces and study just a chapter, or perhaps just a page or two, at the time.

Don’t Try to Cram

Plan your studies well ahead of your test and don’t try to cram everything in a week or two. Learning the rules of the road and safe driving takes time and patience.

How to Use the Permit Practice Tests

The permit practice tests can be used as a condensed study guide. Every answer has a comment which is there to remind you of important key points from the Manual. Answers and comments will contain everything you need to pass the DMV knowledge test the first time around.

This, however, does NOT mean that the practice tests should be used as cheat sheets. Questions on your real tests may be identical to the practice test questions, and then again, they may not! We can only promise that the will be similar.

Also, our Connecticut practice tests are based on well over 1,000 questions, which means that it is unlikely that you will see all questions when you take your practice tests – and this is not necessary.

After all, it is your TRUE knowledge that actually counts when you are behind the wheel.

Ready for Your Connecticut DMV test?

By the time you have read the Connecticut Driver’s Manual a couple of times and taken enough practice tests to reach 90% with ease, you are ready for the real 25-question knowledge test. Remember to take your time. There are no trick questions at the CT DMV written test. It is, however, easy to trick yourself by adding your own information. Careful and attentive reading is a must here. Pay attention to what is actually asked. Review all alternatives and try eliminate the ones that are clearly wrong. This usually leaves you with just one correct answer.

Good Luck!

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Wyoming Rules of the Road

WYDOT Practice Tests Updated

We have made a total review of our Wyoming permit practice tests and added more than 200 new practice questions. Questions are taken from the information in the latest version of State of Wyoming Driver License Manual: Rules of the Road.

Practice tests now include close to 1,000 multiple choice questions about traffic signs, signals, pavement markings, traffic laws, safety rules, crash prevention and vehicle equipment.

WYDOT Passing Score

WYDOT has a lower passing score than most States. You must correctly answer 19 out of 25 questions. Should you fail your test, you may take it again the same day, unless you miss more than half (13) of the questions.

Study Guide for your Instruction Permit

Read the WYDOT Driver License Manual. You can download a free pdf version here: www.dot.state.wy.us. Pay special attention to the Rules of the Road Section.

Use our free practice tests to verify your knowledge. Read any comments and make sure you understand them. When you can easily pass the practice tests with a passing score of 90% or more, you are probably ready for your real knowledge exam. Remember, to be a good driver you need to understand rules and safe driving practices. You don’t study just to pass a test, you study to keep yourself and everyone else safe on the road.

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Getting a Speeding Ticket is Easy

It’s that sudden moment when you’re driving down a freeway, you catch the flash of red and blue lights in your rear-view mirror coming fast. Your reflex directs your attention to your speedometer, and you realize just how fast you are going. In the next few critical moments, you may be faced with a speeding ticket and a hefty fine.

Going with the Flow of Traffic

When I used to go on the once in a while trip to Las Vegas from California, I would see this situation playing out on the road with other drivers. The flat landscape of the desert would create the optical illusion that you weren’t going very fast, and unconsciously, everyone on the road would speed up. The only way to truly know how fast you were going was to look at the speedometer or judge by the speed of traffic around you.

Along that stretch to Vegas, you see the occasional cop with someone pulled over getting a ticket. Weekends to and from Las Vegas must be for cops like shooting fish in a barrel. There’s nothing worse than having to pay off a speeding ticket with the money you were going to have fun with for the weekend. Except for maybe losing all your money in Vegas and then getting a speeding ticket.

Avoid Speed Traps and a Speeding Ticket

With that in mind, we will walk through the situation from start to finish so you can get a better understanding of how to avoid speed traps and speeding tickets.

Watch for Planes

From the air, police sometimes use planes to spot speeders. All it takes is an eye in the sky that spots your swift lane changes around other vehicles, and once it’s radioed in, they have your vehicle description, and they will be waiting to seize the opportunity ahead of you.
If you see a helicopter or a plane following the flow of traffic, chances are they are looking for speeders. The best thing to do is slowly lower your speed and don’t weave in and out of traffic.

Watch for Sudden Drops in Speed Limits.

Another thing to be aware of is the sudden drop in the speed limit. This comes usually before you enter a city’s limits. It’s where many police lay in wait for the unsuspecting speeder, so instead of getting a ticket for doing 70 mph in a 65-mph zone, you get caught doing 70 mph in a 55-mph zone, and this increases the fine.

Be Aware of Overpasses

When you go under an overpass, many times cops will be sitting on the on-ramp on the other side with a radar gun. You won’t have time to adjust your driving once you see them, so assume that they are there before you go under an overpass.

When Already Caught in the Speed Trap

Next, we’ll go over what to do if you see a cop zooming up behind you. Never try and outrun them, because although you may have a fast car, their radios are faster.

Downshift.

If you are driving stick, (standard shifting) you can have an advantage by down-shifting. By shifting to a lower gear and letting off the clutch slowly, you can slow the car without your tail lights telling the cop coming up behind you that you’ve seen him and are slowing down. If you are driving an automatic, just let up on the accelerator without hitting the brakes.

Change your illumination.

If it is night and you blast through a speed trap and you know a cop is chasing, slow down, change lanes and then change your illumination. Switch your headlights to high beams, or if you are already using your high beams, switch to regular lighting. Your car will appear slightly different and if they didn’t get a good look, the cop is less likely to pull you over.

Answering Questions

When the police ask “Do you know why I pulled you over?” it’s not because they don’t know. They want to know if you know, and if you give them the correct answer, you just validated their reasoning for pulling you over.

You are always better off pleading ignorance to this question, and don’t ever give them a smart answer like, “because you thought I had donuts!”. Say you don’t know, even if you do.

Fighting a Speeding Ticket

When you sign a citation, you haven’t admitted guilt in the matter, but fighting the ticket is easier than it sounds. Police sometimes look for out-of-state license plate cars to pull over because they figure you will never show up to fight the ticket.

If you get a speeding ticket and you show up to fight it, chances are it may be thrown out just because you showed up. If your driving record is squeaky clean, you have even more of a chance of beating a speeding ticket.

Filing for an Extension

You can even beat a speeding ticket in some cases where you were completely in the wrong, just by filing for an extension on when you must make your court appearance. The more time you can put between when you got your ticket and when you must appear in court, the better.

Your Best Bet

Your best bet is to stay aware of your surroundings as you drive. The more aware of your surroundings, the better off you’ll be. Watch what other drivers are doing far ahead of you, and you may get clues as to what to expect. Follow these tips, and you’ll save some of that hard earned money for gas and fun road trips.


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