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Driving Test: What to Expect

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The Backing Maneuver




Parallel Parking




Lane Changes & Turning



Frequently Asked Questions

What is required before I can take a drive exam?
If you are 18 years or older, you have to have passed the Knowledge Test within the past 2 years.

If you are under 18 years old, you have to have passed the Knowledge Test within the past 2 years, and have completed a Washington state-approved Traffic Safety Education (driver's ed) program.



What do you check on the drive test?

• Proper identification of signs and lights - You must know the meanings of different signs, lights, and pavement markings.

• Proper backing technique - You will be directed to back your vehicle around a corner to the right, staying as close to the edge of the street as you can, and safely continue backing in a straight line until directed to stop.

• Your ability to park on a hill - You will be directed to park your vehicle as if you were going to leave it unattended.

• Parallel parking ability - You will be directed to back into a parking space, either between four poles, two vehicles, or one vehicle with an imaginary vehicle parked about 1 1/2 car lengths to the rear.

• Safe entry into traffic from a stopped position - You will be directed to drive to the edge of the road and stop, then directed to reenter traffic.

• Speed limits - Be aware of the speed limit. Do not exceed the limit, but don’t drive so slowly that you impede others.



What else will I be tested on?


Driving in traffic

  • Using the proper lane
  • Signaling to change lanes
  • Checking your blind spot
  • Following other vehicles at a safe distance
  • Signaling the proper distance before turning
  • Stopping smoothly, completely, and at the right spot


Backing up

  • Looking over your right shoulder
  • Backing in a straight line
  • Maintaining control of your car
  • Scanning for pedestrians and other vehicles


Driving through blind or crowded intersections

  • Scanning for signs, signals, pedestrians and other vehicles
  • Yielding and taking the right-of-way correctly
  • Obeying traffic signals, signs, and roadway markings
  • Turning into the proper lane without cutting the lane
  • Turning without going wide into the improper lane


Good news for drive exam takers; we don't drive on the freeway!

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WA State Written and Driving Exams Tests


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Online Practice Test (5 questions)


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-Sarah F., Maple Valley

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