Driver’s training in Washington is a mandatory supplement to your driver’s education program. It is meant to give you more practice behind the wheel under proper supervision, and inculcate a sense of responsibility as a driver. You will also learn how to troubleshoot basic problems with the car and understand how to respond to various emergency situations.
In order to start your driver’s training in Washington, you will have to get a learning permit from the Department of Licensing to enroll in a driver’s education course. As part of this course, you will be required to complete a total of 4 hours of driving under supervision and 1 hour of observing an experienced licensed driver operate a vehicle.
Following this, you will need to complete an additional 50 hours of driving – 10 of which must be at night – under the watchful eye of a licensed driver who is at least 25 years old. This person can be a parent, guardian, sibling, or someone approved to monitor you by your parents or guardian. When you spend this extended period of time with a car, you will become more comfortable with correct driving etiquette and include it in your driving more often. This will help you create a safer environment for yourself and other motorists on the road. The ample practice time is also excellent to prepare for more advanced driving tests to apply for advanced licenses. The state of Washington has several intermediate licenses to ensure that only the most mature drivers are eventually authorized to drive independently.
In addition the manual practice, driver’s training in Washington may also include some basic preparation for the written tests which you must take for level 1 and level 2 licenses. These will include basic questions like identifying street signs to tougher questions testing your response to emergency situations.
While the process may seem very tedious, it cannot be stressed enough how impactful it is. These stringent programs are one of the reasons that Washington’s roads and highways are as safe as they are. Successfully completing them will ensure that you are a responsible driver within and outside Washington.