Roadtest coming up

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by macuserjhs, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2010
    well this is my second time taking my road test. Its in NY. This time i might have to take it in a mercedes C300 because my honda is in for service. A lot of people have told me not to take it in a nice car b/c instructers are more likely to fail you. Anyone ever been in this situation?
  2. macrumors 603


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    Nope. Passed on the first try.
  3. macrumors 65816


    Apr 7, 2008
    Flea Bottom, King's Landing
    Nope. I never had a nice car until after 20 years behind the wheel. I took my road test in a compact Toyota pickup with no power steering, no passenger side mirror and, worst of all, no A/C. I passed on my first attempt.

    The deputy conducting the test was impressed that beginner managed to parallel park without power steering or a passenger side mirror. The rest of the test was a breeze.

    Anyhow, they won't allow you to use the parking assist capability of the car if it has one. These modern luxury cars parallel can parallel park themselves, so they advertise.
  4. thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2010
    I dont have the parking assist. I do have a backup camera which i wont be using. People just say that the examiner will pre-judge you being an 18 year old kid with a benz.
  5. macrumors 603


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
    Who knows...just do the best you can.
  6. macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2010
    Twin Cities
    Psh, that's crap, just don't break any laws and you'll pass the test. Pretty simple stuff
  7. macrumors member

    Dec 14, 2012
    Phoenix, Az
    just throw a wad of hundreds on the dash before you start the test

    you should be good to go :cool:
  8. thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2010
    haha, I might be driving a benz but I do not have a wad of cash to throw down.
  9. 3bs
    macrumors 603


    May 20, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    Oh, you only deal with checks? :p
  10. macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2008
    Pennsylvania, USA
    I took mine in the AAA drivers Ed car and passed easily. A friend took his test in a performance muscle car and failed for "driver inexperience" even though he passed everything.
  11. thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2010
    Looks like my honda will be back in time for the test but im still more used to driving the C300. Decisions, Decisions.
  12. macrumors 603


    Aug 19, 2008
    The Anthropocene
  13. macrumors 6502


    Sep 20, 2012
    I've always wanted to take a driving test in a DeLorean.
  14. macrumors 68000

    May 29, 2011
    Just don't be a smart ass. I remember taking my test at 16 and for the parking part, the designated stop and Y turn was perfect. For the parallel park, I didn't pull up enough, so I ran out of space backing in. I kind of bumped the rear cones, but I gave it an extra push to get space.

    Why? Because it was less points than hitting the cones, going forward, and backing up to adjust. You only got points for hitting the cones at all - not how much you hit them. :p

    Needless to say my test administrator wasn't too impressed with that logic. Still passed since I was under my parking points and was perfect on the road, heh.
  15. macrumors 6502


    Dec 26, 2006
    Just pay attention to what you are doing, do visual scans throughout the test (examiners love that), and talk to the examiner respectfully. If you are a crappy driver, though, you should fail the test, so make sure you are ready before going in there -- practice, practice, practice. End of lecture.
  16. macrumors 65816

    Zombie Acorn

    Feb 2, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    No one is impressed with a "benz" they are a dime a dozen. If you fail, it will be because you can't drive.
  17. macrumors 68020


    Aug 5, 2004
    Catskill Mountains
    I don't think which car you are driving matters very much. It's best if it's one you're familiar with, obviously.

    It's how you are driving and whether you are paying attention, how dealing with any unexpected events. Even though it's a test and you're excited that you'll be so close (again!) to getting your license, the main thing is you're driving a real car during your test, and you must show you can really control that vehicle safely.

    Focus on the requests from the instructor and work that into the environment you find your vehicle in at that moment. Like if he says ok cross this road we're approaching, and then parallel park behind that red truck up there? Well, be sure that you cross that road in a safe and legal manner. Don't get ahead of yourself. Is there a stop sign? Worry about the parallel park when you get there.

    My first test was arranged so the driver would approach a divided boulevard just at the end of the test. One could actually see where the test had begun up ahead, so that was perhaps arranged as a distraction. The testing hour was middle of the afternoon and hardly any traffic. Naturally since the road I was about to drive across was divided, there were two stop signs. I didn't even notice the second one as I cruised through the mall area of the boulevard and across the other empty driving lane to finish up where the test had begun.

    FAIL !! And it was really irritating to fail over something so stupid (and so vital to staying alive, I may hastily add). Anyway ever since then I still grimace when I prepare to cross a divided highway. You can bet I stop in the mall area for that second stop-sign now though. Every time I do that I think back to when I was so close to done, and then had to wait two weeks, then re-do all that other stuff on my second test, the parallel parking and Y turn, wow.

    Of course on my second test it was a different route and some other hassle instead of a divided roadway, I think there was a roundabout and I remember having to go around a double-parked garbage truck, wondering what the heck the rules were when navigating past a rule-breaking vehicle... :confused: and all the time totally obsessed over whether I was going to miss any stop signs. I think the guy told me "relax" a few times, I must have looked like a teenager on the very brink of insanity. Anyway I passed that second test.

    Good luck! :) Take the car you know best, and just keep your eyes open for extra stop signs :eek: says my long-ago experience.
  18. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2010
    So true. Mercedes are very common cars. They aren't better than BMW's and Audi's (Infiniti's, Lexus') if you're only considering the price of the cars. They're everywhere! An Aston Martin on the other hand... while the lower end models can be just as pricey as the higher-end Benz, they're still not as common in most areas.
  19. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005

    A lot? Who? They're wrong.

    You likely failed the first time because the examiner did not find you a suitable driver. If you fail again I assure you that it will not be because of the car you drove. GL kiddo.

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