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Driving Performance EvaluationPresented By
Bob HanrahanProfessional Driving Instructor
Copyright 2010 mrbob4u.com
Driving Performance EvaluationYou Can Pass the First Time!
Why Do People Fail?Some Examples BelowDriver does not follow through on TrainingNervous AnxietyDriver Places too Much Pressure on Self to PassDriver Convinces Self That He/She Cannot PassDriver Demonstrates a Lack of Patience or SkillAll the Above Usually Leads to Sinful Behavior (Critical Driving Error)
Critical Driving ErrorsExaminer InterventionStrikes an Object/CurbDisobeys Traffic Sign or SignalDisobeys Safety Personnel or Safety VehiclesDangerous ManeuverSpeedAuxiliary EquipmentLane Violation
Why Do People Fail?Remember, you are taking a Driving Performance test, or as the DMV describes it, a Driving Performance Evaluation.You must perform certain actions safely to pass.Your knowledge was tested when you took your Permit test.
Why Do People Fail?Believe it or NotMany Failures Occur Because the Driver Drives Too S-L-0-W!!!
Drive at, or slightly below the speed limit, but not more than 5MPH below the speed limit
Why Do People Fail?The failure to do a traffic check is the most common reason for errors on the test.
The failure to check your blind spot before any direction change is the most common reason for failing the test.
Why Do People Fail?Failure to turn your head to accomplish a proper traffic check.
Failure to look over your shoulder to accomplish a proper blind spot check
Bad things can happen if you do not look!!! Look Right to See what happened to me!!!
The driver of the white car said to the driver of the green car: I didnt see you! Can you guess why? (9/19/104S Ranch)
Many people look, but they do not see! Do not make this mistake.
Before The TestBe PreparedTake with you the following:Permit (if damaged, the DMV will print a new one)Your BTW Completion Certificate OL400DThe Auto Registration for the car you are drivingNote: If the registration is expired, the DMV will accept payment at that time to renewProof of Insurance for the car you are driving
Before The TestJust In Case (One in about 250 examinees is turned away due to incomplete applications: i.e.; No Birth Certificate, No Social Security Number, No Drivers Education Information)
Take With You:Driver Education Certificate (Blue or Pink)Social Security CardBirth Certificate/Passport/Military I.D.(Check the Drivers Handbook for additional Information about acceptable forms of identification)
Before The TestCheck and Adjust Your Mirrors
Before The TestAdjust Your Seat
Pre-Drive Check ListCheck your car BEFORE you leave Home.Make Sure All Lights and Indicators Work.Check Your Tires.Make Sure They Are Properly InflatedCheck the Tread
Pre-Drive Check ListBe familiar with the safety equipment on your car and where the control switches are:
Pre-Drive Check List
Pre-Drive Check ListKnow your Arm Signals:
LEFT RIGHT STOP/SLOW
Pre-Drive Check ListWindshield Wiper
Front Window Defroster
Pre-Drive Check ListEmergency Flashers
On The Road
Do Only What the Examiner Asks You to Do.Do Not Do Anything on Your Own Unless it is an Emergency!!!!!
On The RoadAfter completion of the Pre-Drive Checklist:The Examiner will probably ask you to sign your DPE Score sheetThe Examiner will Walk around to get into your Car (Make sure the doors are unlocked)Fasten Seatbelt (If not, ask them to do so)If you try to start the engine, or otherwise try to drive, you will fail if the Examiner is NOT belted! (Deadly Sin #5a Dangerous Maneuver)
On The RoadOnce in the car and belted, the Examiner should tell you the following (but they often do not):
I am not allowed to trick you or tell you to do anything illegal, do you have any questions?
On The Road
No questions? Then you get to drive.
On The Road
Parking Lots are the most dangerous places to driveuse extreme caution when departing the DMV!
On The RoadDuring the DPEKeep your eyes movingDrive with Both Hands on the WheelAccelerate and brake smoothlyuse the 16th of an inch rule:Press the Gas/Brake pedals a 16th of an inch at a time until the car does what you want it to doTry to avoid quick starts or hard stops
On The Road
Make a Complete Stop at all Stop Signs.Your stop should last a minimum of 2 secondsS-T-O-P
On The RoadRememberThis is a Performance Evaluation
LOOK at EverythingWhat you DO is more important than what you know at this point.Do not fail to check your Blind Spot because you know nothing is thereYou must DEMONSTRATE that you know by LOOKING!
On The RoadDo Your Traffic Checks
Use the S-T-O-P method at Stop Signs or Signal Lights
In the Real World, YOU! are the only one who can Protect you on the roadso LOOK at stuff
On The RoadDRIVE LIKE YOU MEAN IT!
Do not be overly cautiousYou must Demonstrate that you can drive safely with everyone elseThe Examiner is not looking for perfectionRememberit will take you 5 years of experience to drive with the same degree of stupidity as other drivers
On The RoadS.M.O.G Every Direction Change:Signal your intentionsCheck your MirrorsGlance Over your ShoulderGo When Safe
On The Road: Backing
When told to park along the curb:S.M.O.GAngle the car to the curb at about a 30 degree angleUse a fix point on the car (windshield wiper or center of hood) to position the car along the curbGet the car as straight as possible, as quickly as possibleStop the car, place in park, set the e-brake and release your signal lightWith BOTH hands on the wheel, and your foot on the brake, wait for the next instruction
On The Road: BackingWhen told to back:Find a fixed point on the rear deck (center brake light/speaker) like the edge as shown.
Line up the edge or other fixed point with the curb.
Follow the curb with your fixed point until the examiner says stop.
You may look into the passenger side mirror to helpbut do not stare at it!!! (Less than .5 sec.)
On The RoadTURNS
Make turns smoothly and finish in the correct laneFollow this rule:Right turn-right laneLeft turn-left laneSpeed for turns should not exceed 12-15 MPH
On The RoadLANE CHANGES
S.M.O.G all lane changes
Do Not Slow for Lane Changes(This is really the Least Safe Thing to Do)
Signal, Mirrors, Look Over the correct shoulder, Go when safe
On The RoadFINAL THOUGHTS
This is a Performance Evaluation!
What you DO is more important than what you know, so do what is right!
Be a STAR and Perform well enough to win an OSCAR!!!
On The Road
Bob HanrahanSenior Instructor