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FAQs - Colorado Driver's Test

  • How many pieces of identification do I need to bring for my tests?

    Both your driver's test--learner's and on-road--are not free. Bring money and your identification of the DMV to get your license. Always bring 3 pieces of identification for your driver's test.

    That way, you'll have a backup in case something goes wrong.

    In the state of Colorado, you must bring your social security card, proof of identity, age, and residency in the state.

    See P.4 for full details on identification.

  • Can I turn right on a red light?

    If this sign is present, you CAN't make a right turn on a red light.Yes, you can turn right on a red light unless signs prohibit it.

    To turn right at a red light you must first come to a complete stop at the correct stopping position.

    Give way to all other road users.

    When the way is clear, you can proceed.

    If you're uncomfortable turning on a red light during a driver's test, you can wait for the green.

  • How long do we stop at a STOP sign?

    When stopping at a STOP sign, you must bring the vehicle to a complete stop, yield to all other road users before proceeding.You DON'T stop for a length of time at a STOP sign before proceeding.

    Rather, you bring the vehicle to a complete stop at the correct stopping postion.

    After stopping at the correct stopping postion, treat the intersection as a yield, give way to all other road users, and then proceed.

  • Will the examiner tell me to move right after turning left?

    Slower traffic stay right. This regulatory sign applies both in the city and on the highway. Immediately after making a left turn on a multi-lane road, move back to the right lane on a driver's test.The examiner will NOT tell you to move to the right lane after turning left.

    You must do that automatically.

    Only if the examiner tells you to turn left in the next couple of blocks do you stay in the left lane.

    OR the road that you're on narrows to one lane and you have to merge left.

    Slower traffic must stay right - this applies to all traffic, both in the city and on the highway.

    And because you are going to be travelling the speed limit for your test, you are going to be travelling slower than the traffic flow.

  • My turns are too wide, how do I correct my wide turns?

    If you are having trouble controlling the vehicle in turns--too wide for example--revisit the basics in a parking lot.Revisit the fundamentals in the parking lot.

    Working with pylons in the parking lot will teach you mastery of the primary controls (accelerator, brake, steering, and clutch).

    And more important, these slow-speed manoeuvres will teach you where your vehicle is in space and place.

    In other words, where you vehicle is in relation to other road users and fixed objects.

  • Can I use a backup camera for my driver's test?

    A backup camera can be used for a driver's test, but NOT as your primary line of sight. You must look out the rear window for the duration of the backup.You can use a backup camera for your driver's test. 

    You just CAN'T use it as your primary line of site.

    You check the backup camera as you would check your mirrors before reversing.

    Do a 360° scan around your vehicle before putting the vehicle in motion. In other words, look all around the vehicle before backing.

    For the duration of your backing, you will be looking out the rear window.

  • What is the speed limit inside the city?

    The speed limit inside Colorado cities is 30mph unless otherwise posted.The speed limit in residential areas in Colorado is 30mph unless otherwise posted.

    In other words, if there aren't signs stating that the speed limit is different, then travel at 30mph.

    And of the purposes of your driver's test, travel at either the posted speed limit or the flow of traffic - whichever is less.

  • Do I have to shoulder check for my driver's test?

    For the purposes of a driver's test and to be a smarter, safer driver you must shoulder check at least 2 times when you turn or move the vehicle laterally.You must shoulder check 2X every time you turn, every time you move the vehicle sideways.

    If you fail to shoulder check for a driver's test, you will NOT be successful.

    Or worse, you could be involved in a crash and risk injury or death!

  • Do I have to parallel park?

    Learning to parallel park will both help you to pass a driver's test and be a safer, smarter driver overall.Yes.

    In the state of Colorado you are required to parallel park for the purposes of your driver's test.

    Depending on where you are in the state, you will be required to parallel park on the road or in the parking lot with cones.

  • Where do I stop at an intersection?

    Know the 3 possible stopping positions at a controlled intersection. Watch the video.At a controlled intersections, you stop:

    1) before the STOP line,

    2) before the crosswalk line or the sidewalk.

    3) If those conditions don't exist, then you stop before where the two roads meet.

    In other words, just before entering the intersection.

  • Can I pull up and correct when parking?

    When backing into a parking space, you are allowed one pull up before being assigned demerits on your driver's test.Yes.

    You get one pull up on a slow-speed- or parking manoeuvre.

    After the one correction you will be assigned demerits.

    In some instances, it may be better to be a bit farther from the curb, or not quite centered in the parking space than risk "mucking" it up further on a correction.

  • Will the driving examiner try to trick me?

    No.

    Driving examiners know that you're nervous and they know that you don't have a high skill level.

    They are not going to trick you and endanger both their own safety and that of other road users.

  • Which lane do I turn into after turning right and there are parked cars in the right lane?

    Changing lanes for a driver's test is one of the fundamental skills and techniques that you will have to demonstrate in changing traffic conditions.When turning right and the lane is block, turn into the right lane.

    After you turn right, change lanes to the left lane immediately.

    In the state of Colorado, vehicles cannot park within 30ft' (10m) of a controlled intersection.

  • What is the most common traffic sign?

    Hazard obstruction signs warn of fixed objects along the roadway and tell you which side on which to pass.The hazard obstruction sign is the most common traffic sign on the roadway.

    Now that we've pointed it out, you'll see these traffic signs every where.

    These traffic signs will prevent you colliding with a fixed object along the roadway.

  • What if I try to merge onto the freeway and other cars won't let me?

    When merging onto a freeway, you MUST be aggressive on the accelerator. Signal early, find you spot, match the speed of traffic on highway, and merge onto the freeway. When merging onto an interstate, you have to floor the accelerator (push it right to the bottom) to get the vehicle up to speed as quickly as possible.

    As you're coming out on the onramp and out onto the acceleration lane, pick your spot and aim for that spot.

    Other drivers will help you out as much as they can.

    However, know that the onus of responsibility is on the merging driver.

    Pick your spot, get the vehicle up to speed, and don't hesitate.

  • Should I stop if the traffic light turns yellow?

    Dealing with yellow traffic lights for the purposes of a driver's test can be challenging. And if the light turns yellow, most of the time, you have to stop!For the purposes of a driving test, red and yellow traffic lights are the same color.

    In other words, if the light turns yellow and you can get the vehicle stopped, you must bring the vehicle to a stop.

    Before jamming on the brakes, check to see if there is a vehicle tailgating you.

    If you proceed through the intersection and the examiner looks up through the windshield and sees the traffic light turn red when you're in the intersection, you will automatically fail your driver's test.

  • Do I have to stop for emergency vehicles?

    For the purposes of a driver's test you must pull over and come to a stop immediately for an emergency vehicle.Yes.

    You must come to a stop and pull over to the shoulder of the road as soon as you see the emergency vehicle.

    Only if the lights are activated and the sirens are blaring do you have to bring the vehicle to a stop.

    If you're at an intersection, often times your best option is to simply stayed stopped and the emergency vehicle will find its way through the intersection.

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  • Do I have to signal when parking?

    Any time that you change direction of the vehicle--both going forward and reversing--use your turn signal.Yes.

    Signal any time that you turn, or move the vehicle sideways.

    And signal both when moving forward and when in reverse.

    One of the fundamental components of a driver's test is to communicate effectively with other road users.

  • How much am I allowed to go over the speed limit?

    To observe correctly during a driver's test, you MUST move your head to look in the mirrors, do should (head) checks, and observe correctly.There is not a specific amount that you're allowed to go over the speed limit.

    However, if you consistently go 8-10mph over or under the speed limit, it's unlikely that you're going to be successful.

    Your speed management is directly linked to your scanning pattern.

    You should be checking your instrument panel as part of your scanning pattern every 8-12 seconds when driving.

    If you aren't adjusting your speed every few moments, it tells the examiner that you don't have your scanning pattern in place.

  • Can I back into the parking space when I show up at the test centre for my driving test?

    Yes.

    When you show up for your driver's test, back into the parking space to start your driver's test easy. Watch the full video for more tips.When you show up for your driver's test--unless signs prohibit this--back into the parking space.

    Look for the reserved parking for the driver's tests.

    Backing into the parking space will minimize the stress when starting your test.

  • Will the driving examiner do a pre-trip inspection before going on the test?

    Yes.

    Do a pre-trip inspection before your driver's test to catch small defects that could easily be fixed prior to test day!There will be a mini pre-trip inspection on your vehicle to ensure the lights work, the registration is up to date, and other functionalities.

    Be sure you do a pre-trip before showing up for your test.

    It's also recommended that you wash and vacuum out your vehicle.

    Remember: you don't get a second chance to make a first impression.

  • What should my following distance be for the road test?

    Under ideal road conditions, you following distance should be 2-3 seconds. As road conditions deteriorate, you following distance must increase.Your following distance behind other vehicles should be 2-3 seconds under ideal road conditions.

    If road conditions deteriorate, increase your following distance.

  • Where should I stop in traffic?

    Stop in traffic so that you can see the tires of the vehicle in front making clear contact with the road surface.When stopped in traffic, stop so that you can see the tires of the vehicle in front making clear contact with the road surface.

    With this landmark, you'll have approximately one vehicle length between your vehicle and the vehicle in front.

    And if the vehicle in front breaks down, you can get around without reversing in traffic.

  • When should I signal for my driving test?

    When moving around another road user or fixed object on the roadway, you must signal into the other lane and back again.As a general rule you should signal approximatley 1/2 block before the turn.

    The only time you may signal at a shorter distance is if it might cause confusion to other road users.

    And before making lane changes, you must signal a minimum of 3 flashes on the turn signal before moving the vehicle.

    And keep your signal on until you're completely in the other lane.

    Be sure to signal any time that you turn or move the vehicle sideways - both forward and in reverse.

  • What is the speed limit on the highways?

    The maximum speed limit in Colorado state is 55mph unless otherwise posted.The maximum speed limit on highways in the state of Colorado is 55 mph unless otherwise posted.

    This is the maximum speed limit under ideal conditions.

    If the road conditions deteriorate—congestion, weather, or bright sunlight—your speed should be reduced.

  • Do I have to shoulder check on left hand turns?

    You must shoulder (head) check left when turning or moving the vehicle laterally to look for other road users and fixed objects deviating into your pathYes.

    It is critical that you shoulder check on the left hand turns to see pedestrians, other vulnerable road users, and those drivers that may cut on the inside.

  • What are some of the automatic fails on a driver's test?

    Blocking an intersection on a driver's test or striking a fixed object are just example of automatic fails. Know what to do right and you'll be good.• Driving into an intersection you cannot clear.

    • An action contrary to a regulatory sign.

    • Striking a fixed object.

    • Driving in a manner that causes another driver to take evasive action.

    • A driving action that causes the driving examiner to intervene and take control of the vehicle.

    • Backing up at an intersection.

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