How to Pass the Daly City, California, Driving Test

by Mark Nero

In Daly City, California, the sure way to pass the driving test that's given at the city's Department of Motor Vehicles branch is by studying the driver's handbook and practicing driving on the city's streets. The driving test, which lasts about 20 minutes, basically consists of completing simple maneuvers that drivers perform during everyday operation of a motor vehicle, including driving in traffic, lane changes, left and right turns, and stopping at intersections.

Obtain a copy of the California Department of Motor Vehicles driver's handbook so that you can study the information before you take the driving test. Copies of the booklet are available at the Daly City DMV branch, located at 1500 Sullivan Ave. A PDF of the handbook is also available online at the California DMV's official website (see Resources).

Read specific portions of the driver handbook multiple times and study the information thoroughly. The sections to study are "Laws and Rules of the Road," "Traffic Lights and Signs," "Safe Driving Practices" and "Important Driving Tips." Although practicing the act of driving is important, you also have to know the rules of the road, and the aforementioned sections can help you learn what to do and avoid doing behind the wheel.

Practice driving on the streets of Daly City. If you're a currently licensed driver who needs to pass a driving test to renewing your license, you can practice on your own or with another person. However, if you're a first-time applicant who's never been licensed in any U.S. state, you need to complete a California certified driver's education course. There's one Daly City-based business that offers driving courses, Fil-Am Driving School; the company's website is listed in the References section.

Take the driving test at the Daly City DMV branch. Make sure it's during a time when you're fully alert and not sleepy, hungry or distracted, as this could affect your performance. Also, make sure the vehicle you'll be driving has front and back license plates with current registration, a working horn, working brakes and other safety measures, plus proof of insurance. If you don't have one or more of these, your test could be postponed or canceled by the examiner.

About the Author

Mark Nero has been a professional journalist since 1995 and has written for numerous publications within and outside the U.S. His work has appeared in "The Boston Globe," "San Diego Union-Tribune" and "Los Angeles Daily News" among others. Nero studied communications at San Diego State University.