Before you can officially drive a car in the state of Massachusetts, you must complete the Massachusetts driving test. These tests are enforced by the state to assess your understanding of the traffic laws applicable to your state, and your practical handing of a vehicle. Driving is a privilege that you must earn, and completing these tests shows that you are a responsible and mature driver.
There are two components to the Massachusetts driving test, the written and the practical test. You must clear both in order to be granted a license. The writing test can be taken without scheduling an appointment with the Registry of Motor Vehicles, the department responsible for administering the test. Preparation can be done by thoroughly reading through the drivers manual for Massachusetts, which is freely available in print and online. The written test will quiz you on your understanding of Massachusetts driving laws, and the various road signs which are used in the state. In addition, you may be asked questions on appropriate responses in an emergency, and whether you understand what is meant by safe driving.
The practical component of the test requires you to schedule an appointment with the Registry of Motor Vehicles’ local branch for your region. It is best that you schedule an appointment well in advance because there is a chance that all slots fill up and delay your process. This is especially true for peak seasons like the summers when most high school students are taking their test. Making an appointment is easy; you can call the RMV and choose a date from their schedule. Preparation involves driving extensively on your own under supervision of an adult when you possess an intermediate license. The practical Massachusetts driving test will have you sit with an examiner who will ask you to complete basic driving tasks like parking, reversing, negotiating intersections and lane changes. Completing these successfully will allow you to gain your license and drive freely in Massachusetts.
The driving test is a fairly straightforward process, but it is also important and must not be taken lightly at all.