Texas Drivers License Driving / Road Test Success Guide (Detailed)

Congratulations, you have passed the Texas drivers license written test and now you are going to take the driving test, or also called road test.

So, are you nervous about it? Well, I was nervous for several days before I took the road test. But don’t worry, I will give you the guide how to pass the driving test successfully.

What is tested in the road test?

#1. The Car

Interestingly enough, the first thing that the examiner will test is whether the car is working properly or not. She will ask you to do the following:

  • Show the car inspection and registration sticker
  • Show the car insurance card
  • Turn the left and right signal lights
  • Test the horn
  • Press the brake to test the brake lamp

Tips:

  • Make sure you have all the valid car inspection, registration, and insurance.
  • Check the signal lights, horn, and brake lamp prior to taking the road test.
#2. Parallel Parking

After the examiner felt safe to ride with the car, she will sit in the front passenger’s seat and ask you to drive to the parallel parking spot located inside the DPS parking area.

I find it hard to describe how the parallel parking spot looks like by word, so let me draw it rather:

What you need to do is straight forward, parallel park your car on the spot shown and don’t hit the pole. If you hit the pole you failed the parallel parking test, and that also means you failed the road test.

Tips:

#3. The Road Test

Alright, after you passed the parallel parking test successfully, the examiner will then ask you to drive outside of the DPS parking lot and go to the road. The area around DPS is usually a pretty empty traffic neighborhood, but with lots of intersections (The DPS where I took the test have 5-6 intersections).

The examiner will tell you when to turn left, right, or go straight. For the driving test it takes around 15-20 minutes.

Tips:

  • Practice enough for few days prior to the road test.
  • Don’t be nervous, remember all what you have practiced.
  • STOP COMPLETELY on the introduction with stop sign, rolling stop is not enough.
  • Observe the speed limits.
  • Do left and right turn correctly.
#4. The Final Result

The examiner will tell you to go back to the DPS and park your car. She will then tell you where are your mistakes, if there is any, and tell you some comments. Finally, she will tell you whether you pass or fail (let’s think positively, you pass).

If you pass, the examiner will ask you to go inside the DPS office with her and wait till they print the temporary drivers license for you.

If you fail, she will give the paper to you and ask you to schedule another appointment for the road test.

Closing

Alright, that’s the detail about the drivers license road test in Texas. I wish you good luck guys and hope you pass the road test. :D

UPDATE: If you are going to take Texas Driver License test soon, you may want to check the Texas Driver License Test Resource page.


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22 comments ↓

#1 Nick on 07.23.11 at 2:48 pm

This is great, thanks!

#2 mitha on 08.08.11 at 11:59 am

sounds good…..its my dream,,,,,but i have problem,,,i cant speak english well,,but just a bit,,

#3 Joyce on 11.04.11 at 12:17 pm

Thanks very much for the information about the parallel parking. I just change my address on my I.D/drivers permit. The new card says Drivers License. Does this mean I can drive by myself before I do the road test.

#4 djitz on 11.05.11 at 6:33 pm

@Joyce, I’m not sure with what you mean with drivers permit, since I presume you haven’t take the road test, I don’t think you have a driver’s license yet. However, it’s better to check with the DPS.

#5 Jerry on 11.28.11 at 11:49 am

I wanted to make a parallel parking practice setup in my shop parking lot for my daughter. So, how far apart are the two poles shown in the parallel parking diagram and how far from the curb?

#6 djitz on 11.29.11 at 9:11 pm

@Jerry, I’m sorry but I don’t know the distance between the pole, but I remember it’s quite spacious for a regular car. :)

#7 Jerry on 11.29.11 at 11:37 pm

Before my daughter took her test, I asked and one of the examiners told us the posts are 26 feet apart longwise and 8 feet from the curb. I made a practice set up on our parking lot and it worked like a champ. She passed on the first try. This was in Bastrop, so your location may vary.

#8 djitz on 12.01.11 at 8:11 pm

@Jerry, congrats for your daughter, and thank you for the posts distance info, I believe it will help other readers reading your comment! :D

#9 Damian weber on 01.06.12 at 7:41 am

Hi, what is the proper steering method to pass and how to bring the wheel back to center position

#10 djitz on 01.08.12 at 9:56 am

@Damian,
I did pull push steering technique, and I passed. :)

#11 Anne on 07.28.12 at 6:05 pm

What location did you take your test at? How familiar were you with the roads? I need to take my test asap and it seems like I’ll have to go to another city that I’m not familiar with at all to do that :( Are all the parallel parking spots the same? Because your description is a lot like the dps around my area.

#12 Trijito Santoso on 07.28.12 at 8:51 pm

It was the DPS at Webster. I wasn’t familiar with the roads at all, but I notice that they usually will bring you to roads with very minimal traffic. The parallel parking spots are also the sam for different DPS, I believe they should make everything as standard as possible. The only subjective difference would be the officers who will grade you.

Good luck for your test! :)

#13 Anne on 07.29.12 at 2:03 am

Thank you! :)

#14 Dana on 08.12.12 at 11:35 pm

What is a pull push steering technique? Any advice for my son who is about to take his test tomorrow? Thanks!

#15 Tara on 08.17.12 at 7:42 am

Great info.
Does your child’s name ( who is taking the driving test) need to be on the insurance card ? ( our ins. will put it on after she gets her license).
Also how did y’all fill out the 20 hr.driving log ? Can anyone post pics? There’s not enough room in the spaces !

#16 Trijito Santoso on 10.01.12 at 11:15 am

@Tara,
I don’t think it’s necessary because she has no driver license yet. But for sure, try to call DPS office.
I’m not familiar with the driving log, if anyone knows please post it here. :)

#17 Trijito Santoso on 10.01.12 at 11:18 am

@Dana,
Try to search in google for the pull push technique and you’ll get some videos showing how to do it.

#18 sammie on 10.14.12 at 4:04 pm

@trijito i’m going to take my test at dps webster in two days. how were the testers? were they nice? and would they give you a chance to try again in case you failed the parallel parking? i was able to drive around the area a bit …how long was your test? i noticed a lot of intersections, but if you turn to the left from galveston road there are roads that will take you farther from the dps site, so i take it they dont take you to the other side right?

#19 Trijito Santoso on 10.15.12 at 10:19 am

@sammie,
My tester was a nice lady, but it’s hard if we depend on the tester because we should be able to demonstrate our driving ability. I believe parallel parking shows how good you are in controlling the vehicle, so it’s very important. They don’t require “perfect” parallel parking, but just don’t hit the curb nor the pole. In all, it’s probably around 15 mins.

I hardly remember the road, but just be prepared to see a lot of stop sign and intersections. Good luck! :)

#20 Ellen on 05.17.13 at 2:11 pm

Hello guys, I just want to tell u something: I have failed the test on the first attempt just because I was driving 25m/h on a road which was 45m/h. The problem was I didn’t know the speed limit in this road, so I thought it was 30. there was no speed limit sign (only when u had to go to another road but then it’s too late)! please know the road limits before doing the test and don’t go too fast AND too slow! :)

#21 David Born on 05.22.13 at 1:20 pm

You will ALWAYS have to parallel park in Texas to pass the DPS Driving test. Without exception. That is the First thing you do in their parking lot. They have a private space. If you fail, the test is over. No more driving. To insinuate that there are Huge Parking Spots everywhere in Texas is misguided and incorrect. We have some of the biggest city’s in the Country. So, brush up on your parallel parking and stay calm.

#22 Gary Parks on 08.29.13 at 1:18 pm

Thank you for sharing a detailed description about how to get pass in the driver’s permit test and what all the points have to be considered while preparing for the test.

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