Driving Towards a License

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Driving Towards a License

Senior Carlos Rivera, gets behind the wheel to head home in the Godinez parking structure on November 27, 2018.

Senior Carlos Rivera, gets behind the wheel to head home in the Godinez parking structure on November 27, 2018.

Katty Gallegos

Senior Carlos Rivera, gets behind the wheel to head home in the Godinez parking structure on November 27, 2018.

Katty Gallegos

Katty Gallegos

Senior Carlos Rivera, gets behind the wheel to head home in the Godinez parking structure on November 27, 2018.

Katty Gallegos and Alondra Salgado

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Getting a driver’s license can be nerve-wracking. The bittersweet moment has finally arrived for many Grizzlies as they begin to stress over the process of becoming a licensed driver.

Provisional permits are available to 15 ½-year-olds as long as they complete a Driver’s Education course which is available online and in actual classrooms. Studying for the written permit test is important since you can only miss six or eight depending on the type of driver’s test you take.

If you want a license before make sure to contact an instructor. It’s extremely beneficial when it comes to taking the test since the driving school instructor will break it down and guide you. They will show you different routes you may be tested at the DMV which will be a boost of confidence too. The instructor also describes what each DMV expects when it comes to the behind the wheel test giving you a few pointers and correcting your mistakes.

Marvin Sanchez, a senior, said, “ The written test was easy. I passed the first time at the Santa Ana DMV but since I am not 18, I have to take it in April or May when six months have passed.”

Many teenagers prefer the accessibility of online classes rather than attending an actual classroom. Ricardo Correa, an instructor at GNC Driving School, said, “Paying a drivers ed teacher to lead the classroom is not worth the expense due to the low attendance rate.”

Many students do the online class and then just pay for the driver’s training. But for those that want to attend driver’s ed classes, that is also an option at GNC.

Senior Carlos Rivera chose to complete his driver’s ed by attending an actual classroom. “I did not want to risk procrastinating if I did an online course.” After passing the written test, you are granted a provisional permit which must be obtained for 6 months. After these 6 months, you can go back to the DMV to take the behind the wheel test.

Some of our fellow Grizzlies have a driver’s permit, senior Chris Umanzor is one of them. Umanzor said, “I passed the first time at the Santa Ana DMV but I have to wait till April to get my license.”

If you miss more than 15 points on the behind the wheel test, you will not be given a license. Some things that students should  know include knowing your hand signals because they (DMW testers) will ask. Drivers are also required to know where items are located such as your emergency brake, defroster, and horn.

Even though it can be difficult, make sure to be confident, book your appointment beforehand and practice before the date of your test.

Also, have a well functioning car to take your driving test. Nothing is worse than automatically failing the test because the cars brake lights do not work. Have your phone off while testing to avoid any distractions too.

Finally, listen to your instructor when they tell you where to go.

Becoming a licensed driver can mark the beginning of a new chapter in your life, therefore try your best and believe in yourself.