Before a road test, the examiner will inspect the vehicle to ensure that it is properly registered, that all equipment is in good working order, and that the vehicle provides a safe, adequate, and clean seat for the examiner and easy access to the parking brake.
During a Class D road test, a customer must prove he/she has the skills and abilities needed to operate most private passenger vehicles, small trucks, vans, and SUVs. Some newer vehicles are equipped with "specialized features", such as backing sensors, back-up cameras, automatic parallel parking, and GPS-guided independent operation. These features perform or substantially assist a driver with certain driving, parking, or backing skills. These features are not “standard” in most vehicles today and allowing a driver to use them during a road test would not truly show his/her driving skills and abilities. Therefore, the RMV cannot allow a road test in a vehicle containing any of these "specialized features" (devices, components, computer programs, etc.), unless they are turned-off or disabled and the vehicle is still safe to operate. If a customer brings a vehicle to the road test that has "specialized features" that cannot be disabled and the vehicle cannot be operated safely without them, the vehicle may be rejected unless the road test examiner determines that specific maneuvers can be performed without the assistance of specialized features unique to the vehicle presented. If the vehicle is rejected for this reason, the customer will not be charged a fee for that scheduled road test, but will need to reschedule and bring an appropriate vehicle for the next road test. If adaptive equipment for a legitimate medical condition is installed in the vehicle and necessary for operation, a “mechanical/software aid” restriction will be added to a license.
After the examiner inspects and approves the vehicle, the road test will begin. Only the customer, the examiner, and the sponsor are allowed in the vehicle during the exam. The examiner will sit in the seat next to the customer; the sponsor must sit in the rear. No children or pets are allowed in the vehicle. If the examiner so authorizes, a language interpreter may also be allowed in the vehicle. The customer and sponsor are not allowed to converse unless authorized by the examiner.
The examiner’s goal is to observe the customer’s driving performance. During a road test, the customer should be prepared to demonstrate his/her ability to:
1. Use hand signals
2. Start the engine
3. Start and stop the vehicle
4. Parallel Park
5. Back the vehicle approximately 50 feet
6. Make left – right turns
7. Start, stop, and turn the vehicle on a hill
8. Turn around between curbs (three point turn)
9. Enter and leave intersections
10. Recognize and obey traffic signs, lights and signals, and other rules of the road
11. Use good driving sense
12. Have proper knowledge of his/her vehicle
In addition to judging a customer’s overall driving skills, the examiner will note how well the customer follows general good-driving procedures, including whether he/she:
1. Uses good driving posture, with both hands always placed properly on the wheel
2. Drives in the proper lane and looks carefully and signals properly before changing lanes
3. Maintains enough distance between his/her vehicle and the one ahead of him/her
4. Always drives at safe speeds to comply with speed limits and varying traffic conditions
5. Properly yields the right-of-way
6. Is generally aware of his/her actions and particularly those of other drivers