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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


  • 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.


#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.


  • 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.


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. 😀

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

33 thoughts on “Texas Drivers License Driving / Road Test Success Guide (Detailed)”

  1. Nick says:

    This is great, thanks!

  2. mitha says:

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

  3. Joyce says:

    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.

    1. djitz says:

      @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.

  4. Jerry says:

    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?

    1. djitz says:

      @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. 🙂

  5. Jerry says:

    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.

    1. djitz says:

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

  6. Damian weber says:

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

    1. djitz says:

      I did pull push steering technique, and I passed. 🙂

  7. Anne says:

    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.

    1. Trijito Santoso says:

      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! 🙂

  8. Anne says:

    Thank you! 🙂

  9. Dana says:

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

    1. Trijito Santoso says:

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

  10. Tara says:

    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 !

    1. Trijito Santoso says:

      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. 🙂

  11. sammie says:

    @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?

    1. Trijito Santoso says:

      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! 🙂

  12. Ellen says:

    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! 🙂

  13. David Born says:

    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.

    1. Ken D. Webber says:

      No. The test is over if you hit the poles. You can parallel park and fail at that SO LONG AS YOU DO NOT HIT THE POLES. The first time I hit the poles. End of test. I failed. The second time I was four feet away from the curb, put it in park, set the parking brake. She failed me at parallel parking and the test continued and I passed the rest of the test and got my license.

    2. Ashley Towe says:

      That’s no longer true. My husband cannot parallel park to save a life so obviously failed and still got his license. (2017) they made him drive THEN attempt to parallel park.

  14. Gary Parks says:

    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.

  15. Yuvi says:

    Thanks for all, who posted valuable information’s, I passed my drive test 3 days before, better you make practices on the same roads where they driving test going to happen so you can come to know speed limits and bumps and turns how soft you will make, I believe it will help other readers reading your comment! –

  16. Karen says:

    I just passed my road test in Texas this morning. I was extremely nervous having that I had passed my test 28 years ago back in the UK. My examiner was very nice, however she was also being examined by her boss so I thought I’d blow it 🙂
    We did the parallel park first, I was out on the distance to the curb but not enough to fail. Keep your hands on 10 & 2 on the steering wheel, make sure you turn your head when checking your mirrors, I was picked up on not looking to my right a few times (I did but I obviously didn’t exaggerate my head turn enough for her). I am sure she had to also be critical of my driving more so today as she was also being tested. Just pay attention to instructions on where to go. I was not familiar with the route but I am in a way glad as I was more cautious (I think). Good luck to you all!

  17. j.c boles says:

    Working with my grand daughter getting driving experience. She stops just prior to the stop sign, calling it her primary stop. Then she moves up to the sigh and stops again calling it her secondary stop. I consider this as an invitation to get rear ended. She tells me this was what she was taught in a private drivers training course. HELP CLARIFY….

    1. Trijito Santoso says:

      If you google for “stopping twice stop sign” you’ll find people asking the same question. I only stopped once on every sign and I passed the test.

  18. j.c boles says:

    I gave my grand daughter a demonstration of parrel parking with my left foot on the brake and my right foot on the gas. For me this method works and provides the ability to manipulate in small quarters with no sudden starts or stops. She informed me that I would have failed the drivers test… She said per her training, you are only allowed to use ONE FOOT. PLEASE COMMENTM

    1. Trijito Santoso says:

      As long as she practices enough parallel parking and park correctly on the test, she should be good. It’s not about parking with or without sudden starts or stops, it’s mostly about how one can control the car to move correctly. Good luck for your grand daughter!

  19. Trish says:

    I took my first test last week and failed on parallel parking. I took it in southwest fort wroth. The poles are not even and the instructor made me stop my suv before the front pole was well past my passenger side door. Which left me with no real room to manuevr and i ended up hitting the back pole. Plus I was NOT allowed to use any of my mirrors and was only allowed to turn around to park. I went back on sunday to practice with my husband and even stated the poles distance from each other was not enough to fit a full sized suv and it was a tight space. Plus they do not tell you how far you need to be from the curb.

  20. Maria says:

    The emphasis on parallel parking in Texas is stupid. Taking a driving test is stressful enough as it is, but the zero tolerance for any mistakes on parallel parking only makes it worse. In the real world you can go back and forth as necessary. Giving only “three moves” and not giving a second chance to try for someone who is already anxious is ridiculous. We’ve practiced at the place she took the test for three weekends in a row and she was perfect every time with us, but she got nervous at the test and was failed immediately. Now she’s convinced she should never be let on the road ever again. Thanks a lot DPS.

  21. Jerry says:

    I took my one and only driving test back when cars had tail fins and were a lot longer than they are now. The technique is to approach the poles parallel to the curb and about 1 foot from the poles. Turn yourself around and hook your right arm over the edge of the front seat. Back up straight and when you are even (that is the driver’s seat) with the pole turn the steering wheel almost full lock to the right while backing. Look forward. When the front of the car is adjacent to the first pole, begin correcting by turning the steering wheel to the left. Move around so you can look to the rear and forward as necessary. You should just clear the front pole and have plenty of room to correct. I believe they allow 3 correction maneuvers. You think this is tough, try it with a trailer!

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