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Learn how to pass your closed circuit (parking lot) driver's test in the days of COVID 1

COVID 19 Pass Your Closed-Circuit (Parking Lot) Driving Test


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 - Hi there, smart driver Rick with Smart Drive Test talking to you today about what your test is going to look like in the days of COVID-19, particularly for those of you who are doing closed circuit testing in your state, where you're working in a parking lot with the examiner outside of the vehicle.

You're going to be required to do straight line backing two-point reverse turn, parallel parking.

And for those of you in state of Ohio, you're going to have to do the maneuverability test.

Slow-speed manoeuvres teach drivers where their vehicle is in space and place and mastery of the primary controls.

We'll do all of these here today and show you how to do this and pass your test in the days of COVID-19.

Stick around, we'll be right back with that information.

Welcome back, steering wheel.

Put a piece of tape at the top of your steering wheel.

When learning to drive put a piece of tape at the top of the steering wheel to know if your steer tires are straight at a glance.

That way, you know when you're steering wheel straight at a glance.

Steering wheel goes one and a half revolutions all the way right and one and a half revolutions all the way left for full steering.

Roll your windows down.

It's just easier.

You can observe better and whatnot when you're doing slow speed maneuvers straight up.


We're going to drive up and then we'll reverse on the driver's side and then we'll go and do it on the other side.

An alley or laneway is a great place to first start learning how to reverse a car.

Just basically drive up past the last pylon.

It's going to be approximately 50 feet.

These pylons are set up for 50 feet into reverse mirror.

Check my mirrors, check my backup camera if you have one and make sure it's lined up with the lines on the backup camera and then look out the back windows.

Now I'm going to have to look out, check this mirror because I can't see anything out when I'm looking at the back, but this is what you need to do.

You need to look out the back here and then I'm keeping my wheels straight with the piece of tape on the top here, checking my mirror, looking out the back.

Okay, 360° degree scan.

When learning to drive, reversing in a straight line is one of the beginner exercises that will help you to drive better.

Make sure there's nobody around, backup camera and we've reversed past the last pylon here.

Okay, and we're going to go and do it on the other side.

Signal, make sure you're signaling every time you change direction.

Okay, all the way around one and a half revolutions back to straight.

And we come back to straight and we drive up past the pylons.

You can use a backup camera for your driver's test. Check it as you would your mirrors, however, you'll still be looking out the rear window for the duration of the back.

You can use a backup camera, but don't use it as your primary line of sight when backing.

Now they may only get you to back up on the passenger side, which is most likely what they're going to do.


Pass the last pylon into reverse, check your mirrors, check your backup camera.

Look out the back and we back up straight steering wheel is straight piece of dates at the top.

And we back up.

That's the pylons, checking our mirrors, checking out the back, check our mirrors, reversing.

You may have to give it a bit of throttle if you're in an automatic.

I'm in a manual, so I just let the clutch out and let it idle back.

And we come to a stop.


For the parallel parking and the cones are going to be approximately one and a half vehicle lengths apart.

When doing your modified driver's test, the examiner will be looking for lots of head movement which indicates that you are scanning and checking correctly before moving the vehicle.

Driving examiners will be looking for head movement when your turning the vehicle.

And this is approximately the same width as your vehicle.

So as you're approaching you're coming up in a straight line, you signal to the right to indicate that you're going to park.

We come up.

It's the same as the other parallel park video.

We can see the cone out the back of the window here.

We've signaled vehicle into reverse right away.

Check your backup camera, check your mirrors, 360 degrees scan.

Turn the steering wheel all the way to the right one and a half turns.

And we back up, you don't need the 45° degree on this one.

As soon as you can see the mirror or the cone in the back here, right there then I straighten out the wheel piece of tape at the top.

And I come back until this cone goes past the post or the ‘A’ pillar as it's sometimes called.

So we're past right there all the way to the left with the steering wheel.

And we come back, looking in the mirror, looking behind us and right there.

Now we into first into drive into first gear in a manual transmission.

Straighten your wheel out, piece it maybe even more, because you might have to move the front end over a little bit.

Straighten it out and come up until you're just at the cones and you're stopped.

Every time you park the vehicle, apply the parking brake. The transmission in park (automatic) or 1st gear (manual) is not enough to secure it.

You're parallel parked into first gear into park.

Hold the foot brake, apply the parking brake, tell the examiner you're finished and then preparation to go.

Hold the foot brake into reverse, parking brake off release, looking out the back, backup camera mirrors 360° degree scan.

And we back up just there.

Signal to the left, into drive or into first gear and shoulder checking, shoulder checking again.

And we turn all the way to the left, past the cone, and then in preparation to go and back to the right and we proceed.


The next maneuver is reversed all parking backing into a parking space.

So we're going to do that from both sides of the vehicle.

For both a modified driver's test and the normal on-road test you are going to have to reverse into a parking space. Working with cones first is going to make it easier when you have to do it for real. Be sure that you signal when backing into the parking space, and when leaving the parking space.

Signal into the space, into reverse 360° degree scan, check your backup camera If you got one out the back all the way to the right.

Watching your pylons, checking your mirror and see your pylons and again straighten your wheel out.

So your piece of tapes at the top, now your wheels are straight.

You can check this side too, check your backup camera if you've got it, okay?

Straight in the space.

And again straightening our wheels out a little bit, move the front end over and back up until you're in the space.

And we'll go around and do it from the other direction.

Signal going out of the space as well.

And this is going to be easier because you're going to do it from the driver's side on this time.

And again, you don't want to be perpendicular to the space.

You want to pull up.

Signal if you're going to change directions, you want to be on a bit of an angle.

That's going to make it easier for you.

Slow-speed manoeuvres teach drivers where their vehicle is in space and place. In other words, where their vehicle is in relation to other road users and fixed objects.

The closer you are to a fixed object or other road user, the slower you should be going.

Okay, signaling 360° degree scan, check your backup camera if you have one.

And again, it's easier for me to use the mirrors, looking over my shoulder.

Again, 360° degrees scan, check your camera, check that mirror all good.

And we're straight.

Bring the steering wheel back to straight piece of tape at the top.

A little bit of a correction here, all the way into the space steering wheel straight, back up into first or into park parking brake on and you're finished.


The Ohio maneuverability test is cones in a rectangle 20 feet long, nine feet wide.

And then there's a nose cone and the nose cone is at another 20 feet.

And the examiner is going to indicate whether you go right or left of the nose cone.

If you want to be completely ready for your modified driver's test, do this exercise above all else. Going forward is easy, but reversing will teach you invaluable driving skills.

And then you simply do that.

And then you reverse back without touching any of the cones.

So I'll do it in forward reverse on both sides and show you how it's done.

So we simply drive into the cone.

Set up straight, again your steering wheel with the tape at the top.

The examiner indicates to go right, signal to the right slowly and all the way to the right and then back around the corner, okay?

Now, after you do that the examiner is going to indicate that you're going to reverse.

So 360° degree scan vehicle into reverse signaling to the left that we're going to move around the cone.

Looking back over this shoulder here, check your backup camera, check your mirror, okay.

Going past the cone.

I can see the cone in this mirror here.

Okay, getting the vehicle straight.

The Ohio Maneuverability Test is one of the most challenging slow-speed manoeuvres for new drivers.

If you keep the vehicle tight to the driver's side, the passenger's side of the vehicle will take car of itself.

The vehicle is straight.

Bring my steering wheel back to straight tape at the top, past the mirror, the mirror is going to be your farthest point on the vehicle.

So we're going to watch that.

I'm going to watch the front nice and slow.

The slower you go, the sharper the vehicle turns.

So go nice and slow and back.

And we're out of the cones and we've reversed.

And we go, and now I'm going to go in.

I'm going to do it on the left side.

And this is particular for the COVID-19.

They may get you to do this but this is particular to Ohio.

So if you're in Ohio make sure that you do this.

Okay, straight forward.

The front of the car gets midpoint between the two end cones to the left and then straighten the wheel out and back and stop.

Examiner indicates that you're going to go reverse.

We're going to signal to the right because we're going to move the vehicle that way into reverse, 360° degree scan, check our mirrors, check your backup camera if you have it.

When practicing slow-speed manoeuvres, roll down the windows to observe and focus better on your driving.

When reversing and doing slow-speed manoeuvres, roll down the window so you can hear.

And we've moved and we start to turn the steering wheel until we can see the cones in this mirror nice and easy.

Have a look in your mirrors and make sure that you're adjusting for what's in the mirrors.

Okay, we're past the nose cone nice and easy and we're straight.

We bring the middle of the hood in line with the pylon up there, making sure we're square in the rectangle.

Reversing, checking our backup camera if you have one and backing up nice and slow.

And we're out and that's how you do it.


Alright, in the days of COVID-19 for closed circuit testing, straight line backing, reverse stall parking or backing into a parking space and parallel parking double down on those closed circuit maneuvers get the pylons and work with those.

Alright, you can rent those one meter tall, three feet tall delineators for your local rental shop, get those and practices.

And as well I would strongly encourage you to do the Ohio maneuverability test because it will teach you where your vehicle is in space and place where your vehicle is in relation to other objects, fixed objects and traffic and as well will teach you mastery of the primary controls.

And you'll be very, very well prepared when you head out into traffic and start dealing with crowds.

Passing a driver's test is only the beginning. After you earn your license and start driving by yourself...then the real learning begins.


'So good luck on your driver's test.

Let me know how it goes and we'll do the best we can to help you out.

If you have any questions at all leave us a comment down in the comment section.

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And remember pick the best answer, not necessarily the right answer.

Have a great day, bye now.


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