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Old 09-08-2013, 05:58 PM
Location: Charlotte
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I have to do the drivers test, and would like some tips or pointers on what to expect. I have an international drivers license, so I haven't taken a US lisence road test yet. Thanks in advance
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Old 09-08-2013, 07:18 PM
Location: Ballantyne
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There are various websites where you can do NC on line test questions, study the rules and road signs. Myself and my husband were only here 2 weeks with international licenses. We went to the DMV in our rental and sat the test, we both passed and I had only driven the car three times before the day of the test.The day of the test was first time I was ever on the highway and Independance Blvd is pretty scary. I think we just went in with the attitude if we pass we pass if we don't, we take it again.
We took our out in Monroe the lines are not too bad. Good luck.
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Old 09-09-2013, 11:59 AM
Location: Charlotte, NC
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You can make an appointment at the DMV, just be clear what you need the appointment for and confirm what THEY need from you. Good Luck.
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Old 09-09-2013, 03:29 PM
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I was taking the test on the 201 West Arrowood Road a little more then a year ago. It was an easy route with empty suburb roads, so I didn't have to go to the Independence-like rush highways.
They can have the route changed though.
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Old 09-09-2013, 05:32 PM
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Bring exactly what they tell you to bring. Don't think, oh I don't have that but I can try and use this instead. Nope, it's pretty clear on their site what they will ONLY accept. They are not flexible. At. All.

As for the test, you can download their Driver's Handbook: http://www.ncdot.gov/download/dmv/ha...dl_english.pdf

Good Luck!
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Old 09-11-2013, 09:17 AM
Location: Durham UK
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Default Move your vehicle if you're involved in n accident???

The practical driving test is a joke. About 10 mins long. Make right and left turns, back up along the street, turn the car around in the road and emergency stop.
The theory test is multiple choice on a computer.

* In densely packed snow you should use chains or snow tires.
* If you must drive during heavy snow or fog, use your low-beam headlights.
* Alcohol-related highway deaths account for 38% of all traffic fatalities.
* If you accumulate 7 or more points on your traffic record you may attend a Driver Improvement Clinic to deduct three points from your driving record.
* The traffic conviction that adds the highest number of points (5) to your driving record is passing a stopped school bus that is loading or unloading children.
* “Secondary roads” are roads where hills are more likley to be more steep and curves are likely to be more sharp than on primary roads.
* Unless otherwise posted, the speed limit in cities and towns is 35 miles per hour.
* To have a revoked driver license restored, you must visit a driver license office, pay a restoration fee, and reapply for a license.
* When three vehicles reach a 4-way stop at the same, the right of way belongs to the car on the right.
* If a vehicle sways freely, leans heavily to one side during a turn or seems to bounce continuously, there may be a problem with the suspension system.
* If you experience a breakdown, you should call a law enforcement officer.
* To maintain a safe driving distance between your car and the car in front of you, you should use the two-second rule.
* If you take any medication before you drive, you should find out what effect the medicine has.
* If you are planning a long road trip, you should stop and rest every 100 miles.
* Before passing another vehicle, you should look ahead to ensure that there is enough room for you to pass.
* When driving down a very steep hill, you should shift into a lower gear to control your speed.
* If you run off the side of the road, you should gradually take your foot off the gas pedal.
* When travelling on rural highways, farm equipment usually travels at its maximum speed of 15-20 mph.
* If you are driving into a circle you should yield to cars already in the circle.
* If you are in a crash, you should move your car off of the road.
* School buses are required to stop at all railroad crossings.
* In city traffic, you should be alert for drivers who make quick stops.
* Truckers have serious blind spots into which cars can disappear from view.
* Unless there is a sign indicating no turn on red, you can turn right on red after stopping and making sure that the turn can be made safely.
* For any underage person who aids or abets another attempting to purchase any alcoholic beverage, the law requires a one-year driver license revocation.
* Your license will be revoked immediately if your blood alcohol concentration is at least 0.08 percent.
* When aproaching a road that is blocked from view you should stop and proceed with caution.
* Defensive drivers check their rear view mirror and side mirrors roughly every 10 seconds.
* If going 45 miles per hour, how far ahead should you signal before turning? 200 ft.
* If you plan to turn and are not in the proper lane to do so, you should continue to the next intersection, then turn.
* The most common type of accident on a highway is a rear-end collision
* When driving behind someone you should not use your high beams
* To dry wet brakes, gently apply the brakes
* “Don’t hang out in the No zone” refers to not be in truckers’ blind spots
* When approaching a railroad crossing slow down and prepare to stop
* If you pull up to a red arrow, the turning lane is the only lane that should stop
* if you are a pedestrian walking along side the road at night, you should carry or wear something white
* Use high beams when driving on a highway and no car is approaching
* Slippery roads are most likely to occur when it has just begun to drizzle or rain
* When traveling behind a farm vehicle on a two-lane road wait until the farm vehicle has the chance to pull over to the side, then pass with caution
* Large trucks (tractor trailers) have large blind spots to the side and rear
* When preparing to make a right-hand turn turn on your turn signal and approach the right-hand side of the road
* A “shoulder check” is a quick glance over your shoulder on the side in which you intend to turn or change lanes
* When you get tired on a long trip, you should stop and rest
* When taking a long trip, you should plan to stop and rest every 100 miles
* If you are following a car at night, how do you know if the road is bumpy? You watch the tail-lights.

There is also a visual test where you will be asked to identify common traffic signs by their shape and color only (see the NC DMV driver’s handbook for a guide to this). For example, they might show you a red octagon and you must identify it as a stop sign. Here are a few other examples:

* A blank white square with black border: Speed Limit
* An orange triangle on its side, pointing to the right: No passing sign
* A yellow circle with a large X in it extending to the sides of the circle: Railroad crossing
* Inverted red triangle with a white center: Yield

And also the blank shape (hexagon) for school/school crossing

Just as a side note - I would dispute the one that says if you have an accident you should move your car off the road because
a) after being in a minor collision where someone backed into me in a parking lot I wouldn't move my car and the first thing I would do HOWEVER MINOR THE ACCIDENT is call the police. Without a police report unless the other party admits guilt you don't have a leg to stand on with the insurance-as I found out
b) it might not be safe to move the vehicle
c) how can the police take photographs and measure etc if you've moved your vehicle?
I would say put on hazards, move yourself to a safe place and call the police. Just my 2 cents worth as I think it's misleading to say move your vehicle.

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