Connecticut Driver Road Test Tips

by Dennis Hartman
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All new drivers in the state of Connecticut must pass a road test before the state can issue their driver's licenses. The purpose of the road test is to ensure that the driver can operate a car safely on public roads, and that the driver understands the rules of the road. There are several things you can do to increase your chances of passing the Connecticut road test.


One of the most important things you can do to help pass the road test is to practice thoroughly before scheduling the test. Practice maneuvers such as parallel parking, smooth turning, soft stops and smooth, even acceleration. Also, practice in different driving conditions, including heavy traffic and bad weather, since you never know what the conditions will be on the day of your test. If possible, practice using the car that you'll drive on the day of your road test, Trying to learn the subtleties of a new vehicle on test day can make it more difficult to drive safely and with confidence.

Bring Your Paperwork

There are multiple pieces of paperwork you'll need when you meet your tester. These include papers related to the vehicle, which you must provide yourself, including a valid Connecticut registration document and proof of insurance. In addition, you'll have to supply identification, a driver-education certificate (form CS1), a completed R229 driver's license application form and a check for the driver's test fee. Without one or more of these documents, your tester might not allow you to take the road test.

Inspect Your Car

Before driving to the testing site, check your car for any problems. You are required to provide a safe car, which means that all of its lights need to be functioning properly. There also can't be any problems with seat belts, headrests, brakes or other important safety components. Check your safety equipment in front of the tester once the road test begins. Ensure that all your mirrors are positioned properly, adjust your seat to the proper position, and make doubly sure that both the tester and yourself are wearing seat belts.

Follow Instructions Carefully

During the road test, you must follow all instructions from the tester. These will include directions, such as where to turn and when to stop to demonstrate parking maneuvers. You may ask questions, but don't forget to listen. Talking too much can make you seem less confident or could prevent you from hearing the tester's next instruction.

Adhere to the Rules of the Road

Last, but not least, follow all of the rules of the road for the duration of your road test. Observe all speed limits and stop signs, and also any posted yield signs, crosswalks, railroad crossings or turning restrictions. Breaking even a simple rule might be enough to prevent you from passing the test, so make sure you are thoroughly familiar with the Connecticut driver's handbook that you studied for the written test.

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