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Driver Safety Cheeklist Safety Tips Driver License (DL)

Beta~ Starting th Vi htd Please follow these general safety tips when operating
Adjust the mirrors and your seat a vehicle: How to Prepare
Fasten your seat belt Always drive defensively. Try to anticipate errors for a Driving
another driver might make.
Know where the vehicle controls are located
and how to use them (headlights, Be aware of your surroundings. Check your
Test
windshield wipers, turn signals, etc.) mirrors, look both ways at intersections, and look
over the proper shoulder before making a lane
change or merging with traffic.
Use the turn signals when appropriate
Steer smoothly and avoid sudden turns.
Look in the mirrors regularly and over your
shoulder when necessary Accelerate and stop smoothly. Slow down or

speed up gradually to avoid sudden jerks.

Keep both hands on the steering wheel


unless you are backing up Be aware of where you must stop when
approaching an intersection. If your view is
blocked, stop; then move forward carefully. Look
both ways before continuing into the intersection.
Check traffic
Do not roll through stop signs or red lights.
Stop completely behind crosswalk or limit
Always obey posted speed limits. When poor
line
weather, road, or traffic conditions are present,
Stop smoothly without the vehicle jerking reduce speed accordingly.

Turning or Changfng L n s Use the two-second rule to ensure you are


following at a safe distance. Increase the following
Signal 100 feet before starting maneuver
distance for poor weather, road, or traffic
Adjust speed for safety conditions.

Check mirrors Know what all traffic signs and signals mean, and
Look over your shoulder for the blind spot obey them at all times.

Begin and end maneuver in correct lane Use the correct lane. Signal and turn from the

improper lane into the proper lane.

Yield or accept right-of-way as appropriate


Put your signal on 100 feet before turning or

changing lanes.

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Check mirrors at regular intervals

Look both ways at all intersections


Help keep Texans safe..
DRIVER LICENSE DIVISION
Look for and obey all traffic lights and signs Be a responsible driver ..

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See and react appropriately to hazards Creating a faster, easier, friendlier

Follow at a safe distance (adjust for weather) driver license experience

Reprinting prohibited without DPS permission. DL-60 (05/15) and a safer Texas

Who ust he Drivi g hiel mn Duri g h ri i g T


You are required to take a driving test if any of the Before you begin the driving test, your vehicle must No pets or unauthorized passengers are allowed in
following conditions apply: pass an assessment to ensure it is safe and can be the vehicle during the test.
legally operated on public roadways.
You have never been licensed in any US state or The test takes about 20 minutes. The goal of the
territory. The customer service representative will check for: driving test is to determine your ability to safely
operate a vehicle and obey traffic laws.
You are licensed in another state, but your license Two license plates (with the exception of single

has expired. out-of-state or temporary plates) permanently


You will be graded on your ability to demonstrate the
affixed to the front and back of the vehicle;
following maneuvers:
You are licensed in Texas, but your license has
no auto dealership plates

been expired for over two years.


Backing in a straight line
Working speedometer Parallel parking
You have a medical condition that may affect your
ability to safely operate a vehicle. Working horn Approaching intersections

You currently have specific restrictions on your Working turn signals on the front and back of
Turning
Texas driver license that require a driving test to the vehicle

Stopping in regular traffic conditions


be removed. Current vehicle registration and inspection
Controlling the vehicle
You were ordered by the court to take a driving Current insurance (applicant cannot be listed
Observing traffic
test. as "excluded driver")

Maintaining vehicle position (turning, stopping,


A driving test is not required for renewals or for At least one rearview mirror inside or outside
etc.)
anyone over age 18 surrendering a valid driver license of the vehicle

from another state; however, DPS may require a Using signals


driving test at any time. Anyone under age 18 must Front passenger door that opens normally from
take a driving test. the inside and outside If at any time a dangerous or illegal maneuver is
performed, the driving test will be immediately
Working seatbelts stopped and will result in an automatic failure.
riv ng T Any restrictions on the driver
To prepare for the driving test, review the Texas Driver
Handbook. This free handbook is available on line at One working brake light for 1959 or earlier model A er Diving Test
www.dps.texas.gov/Driverlicense under "Handbooks vehicles, Two working brake lights for models after
You will be informed if you passed or failed the test,
& Forms" or at any driver license office. 1960, or three for vehicles equipped with a "high
and you will receive detailed feedback on the areas
mounted stop lamp".
where you did well and the areas where you need to
Practice all of the maneuvers listed in the "Driver improve.
Safety Checklist" section before scheduling your test. Working windshield wipers, headlights, and

While practicing, ask the person with you to give you taillights (depending on weather conditions

If you do not pass the driving test, your application


instructions and point out any mistakes. and time of day)

will be held in the driver license office for 90 days.


After 90 days - or three failed tests - a new
uHng Drivi g Befor h - Dr i gT application and fee must be submitted.
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You must present one valid form of identification to the
Most driver license offices now offer
customer service representative.
the option of scheduling your driving
test on line. To schedule a driving test, Try to ask all questions before your driving test begins.
BeeQmiing a safe driver
visit www.dps.texas.gov under "More Once the test starts, the customer service is an Qngoing process.
Online Services." representative is not permitted to engage in general
conversation.

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