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Top 5 Frequent DMV Driving Test Mistakes

Most of us have not thought about the DMV driving test in a while. Fortunately, it’s not something that we have to take very often. But there still seems to be a lot of bad drivers out on the road – and not just teenagers! Bad driving has no age restrictions, so let these five most common DMV test mistakes serve as a heads up to any young person, and a reminder to any veteran driver of how it’s supposed to be done, brought to you by the people at Classic Toyota Collision Center.

Make a Complete Stop…..Every Time

This is one of the most common driving test mistakes people make and a widespread problem that even the most veteran drivers are guilty of.  A stop sign is not a suggestion—it’s the law.

Pay Attention

This is a big one these days. Technology keeps us tied to our mobile devices. At one time there was nothing but music to distract us, and now we have screens and visual stimulation all around us. Checking your phone during your test and playing your music loud would probably push you over the line of failure as well. Drivers of all ages are quick to ignore this road rule.

Slow Down!

Many people never seem to believe that they have to slow down in inclement weather until they are forced to by an accident, or the police. People who live in places that do not have much experience with certain types of weather are particularly guilty. Being able to recognize conditions where it is not safe to go the speed limit is crucial. DMV testers will fail anybody who is not able to recognize this, yet many of us who should know better, are the biggest perpetrators.

Parallel Parking

Parallel parking strikes fear in the hearts of many drivers. In some cities, parallel parking is an art form and a necessary skill, so people who are learning how to drive need to work at it. Many drivers (in their 40s-60s) have not mastered parallel parking, which means it limits where and when they can park.


We’ve all experienced this, where people follow us too closely on the highway. But too often, drivers ignore what’s taught during the driving test. Every driver should have several car lengths of distance between them and the car in front of them. Leaving enough reaction time is what driving inspectors look for, but most drivers are only focused on getting where they’re going as fast as possible.

Learn the laws of the road and work on your driving skills, especially if you’re a new driver, and you will be a safer and smarter driver. 

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