The Academy of Driving
DMV License 4527
Sports/Secondary Session 1
To begin the session, we went over the driver’s settings of the car. Meaning we moved the seat cushion, back support, adjusted the steering column and changed the side mirrors/rear view mirror. Then discussed safety looks and traffic checks. After we went over the vocabulary of checks/looks, we conducted the pre-drive checklist. The pre-drive checklist is where the examiner tests the new driver to see if they can turn on their signals, lights, wipers, defrosters, hazards, horn and emergency brake. Once we completed the following task, we took off driving. We drove in neighborhoods to start looking for a 1-way, 2-way, 3-way and 4-way stops. We also worked on backing in a straight line. During the session, we are looking to drive through T-intersections and yield signs. Once the student feels comfortable and we are able to perform the previous tasks, we will drive out onto the main road. If we are able to get them on the main road, then we show the student how to change lanes and use (merge into) the bike lane to make a right turn.
Sports/Secondary Session 2
Today's driving session started by changing the driver’s settings of the car. Next, we reviewed the pre-drive checklist (*this will be on the DMV test, if you miss more than 3 you will be disqualified). While in the neighborhood we went over pulling in and out of a curb, we performed 3 point turns (turnabout) as well as backing up in a straight line for 3 car lengths (*this will be on the test). We reanalyzed stopping positioning (limit line) and moving our head to perform traffic checks. After those skills were performed we drove onto the main road merging in and out of traffic. At this segment, we practiced using merging lanes onto higher speed roads. Reminding the student to not only use caution but monitor their speed control before any lane change or merging into traffic. Be aware if you don’t use your signal, look in your mirrors, check over your shoulder for your blind spot before changing lanes or merging or making a right turn or using the bike lane then, you will be DQ’d. Throughout the session we are on the lookout to perform U-turns and properly use a center left turn lane (suicide lane). To finish it off, we practiced driving in a parking lot, parking in both angled and perpendicular spaces.
Sports/Secondary Session 3
Today’s appointment focused on the Highway/Freeway and learning to drive in the city. Before we took off, we adjusted the settings for the driver and reviewed our pre-drive checklist. As we made our way to the Highway (65)/Freeway (80), we reviewed traffic checks (side streets/lighted intersection/parking lots) and safety looks (signals, looking in mirrors and over your shoulder for the blind spot) before changing lanes or making a right turn. The student then worked on entering the Highway/Freeway using a controlled entrance merging into the flow of traffic. Once we merge onto 80 by Greenback entrance the student worked on changing lanes while maintaining proper spacing while keeping the speed with the flow of traffic. At the split of 80 we merged onto Capital City Freeway into downtown Sacramento. Continuing on Capital City, we headed towards Highway 160. As we entered Hwy 160, we started prepping our student of the differences of the city driving vs suburbia driving. We drove through downtown/midtown Sacramento dealing with train tracks for light rail, pedestrians, bicyclists, one-way streets, un-protected left turns, crosswalks, parked cars, etc. We continued onto Old Sacramento to experience driving with foot traffic, cobble stone roads, tourists, blind spots due to parked cars, alleys, general shenanigans and uncontrolled intersections. Anytime when a driver drives through a major city you have to be ready for closures or events happening within the city. It could be a farmer’s market, concert/sports event, or protesters to name a few. Depending what’s happening in the city, we will make our way back home driving through downtown Sacramento to Hwy 160 to business 80 back home. Or if there is closure we may take 99/5 to 80 back home. It really depends what we experience while in Downtown Sacramento.
Sports Session 4
Today’s session focuses on reviewing the students DMV driving test. We reviewed the overall driving skills needed to pass the exam. Starting out, we conducted the pre-drive checklist. If the driver misses more than 3 during the cross-examination of the pre-drive checklist, then it will be postponed. Afterwards we headed to the area where the pre-drive behind the wheel test may be conducted. Upon arrival, we parked the car to go over the actual exam. We discussed the importance of speed control and ensuring head movement to get credit for a traffic check. Both traffic checks and speed control is heavily graded upon on the exam. Next, we discussed Critical Driving Errors. If any of these errors are committed during the test, it results into being postponed. Those errors are lane violation, auxiliary equipment use, speed, dangerous maneuver, disobeys safety personnel/safety vehicles, disobeys traffic sign/signal, strikes object/curb and intervention by examiner. Once the evaluation was over, we proceeded to drive a “mock” simulation on how the behind the wheel test is conducted.
Secondary Session 4
Today’s session focuses on reviewing the students driving exam. We reviewed the overall driving skills needed to pass the evaluation. Starting out, we conducted the pre-drive checklist Afterwards, we headed to the area where the DMV test may be conducted. Upon arrival, we parked the car to go over the exam. We discussed the importance of speed control and ensuring head movement to get credit for traffic checks. Both traffic checks and speed control are heavily graded on the exam. Next, we discussed Critical Driving Errors. If any of these errors are committed during the examination it results in an automatic fail. Those errors are; lane violation, auxiliary equipment use, speed, dangerous maneuver, disobeys safety personnel/safety vehicles, disobeys traffic sign/signal, strikes object/curb and intervention by examiner. Once the overview is completed, we proceeded to drive a “mock” simulation on how the examination could be conducted.
Secondary Session 5
Your student has fulfilled the required amount of six hours needed of behind the wheel training with an instructor. They are now ready to take their drivers test at the DMV. Hopefully the test has already been booked. If the test has not been booked yet please visit www.DMV.CA.gov to book an appointment or you can call 1-800-777-0133 to speak with a technician. Make sure to write down the confirmation number or have a print out to prove that you have an appointment. On the day of the test make sure to check-in about 20-25 minutes before the schedule start time of your appointment. While checking in, make sure to have valid proof of insurance and registration of the vehicle your student will be testing in. The technician will also need to see your student’s permit to verify signatures and to check the completion certification form of behind the wheel training (gold certificate).
Please be sure your future California driver has completed the legal requirement of 50 hours of practice time before the DMV Test.
Passing the driving test is the easy part. Lack of practice time can result in tickets or accidents. Unfortunately, sometimes those accidents can be fatal. Please be sure that you are ready to drive on your own before taking your test. Remember your driver’s license is a privilege and not a right. Make sure to stay safe out on the road. Good luck on your Driver’s Test!