June 15th, 2015
My driver’s license was earned when Red Toad was tree lined and spooky, drag racing was still possible past Craigtown and my 11 year old brother would drive a tractor to school if he missed the bus. Back then, driver’s ed was offered to all 10th graders as a regular class, and I can only guess, forced on the teacher who drew the short straw. As most of us had been driving something since our feet could touch the pedals, the class tended to drift away from traffic rules to the best way of jacking up your Bronco. Now with a 15 year old who thinks tailgating happens only in parking lots, it’s time for a reality check—for both of us.
And what an eye opener the MVA Practice Tests proved to be. As the older, experienced driver, I attempted the free, online permit practice test first. The 40 question, multiple choice test provided immediate feedback on my questionable answers. In my defense, for questions such as the distance in feet you must keep between your car and a stopped school bus, “a bunch” was not a choice. My son kindly pointed out I could access the Maryland Drivers Handbook right from the site if I wanted to study before retaking the test. Failure in our house is not an option.
CCPL’s Driving-Tests.Org also has practice for CDL and motorcycle tests. For even more practice in both English and Spanish, you can go to the Maryland MVA’s online driver test tutorial. They even have apps for Android and iOS!