General Driving Behavior

Driving Behavior Categories

During the On-road driving test, you will be scored on your overall performance in the following general driving behavior categories:

Clutch Usage (for Manual Transmission)

  • Always use clutch to shift.
  • Double-clutch when shifting. Do not rev or lug the engine.
  • Do not ride clutch to control speed, coast with the clutch depressed, or “pop” the clutch.

Gear Usage (for Manual Transmission)

  • Do not grind or clash gears.
  • Select gear that does not rev or lug engine.
  • Do not shift in turns and intersections.

Brake Usage

  • Do not ride or pump brake.
  • Do not brake harshly. Brake smoothly using steady pressure.

Lane Usage

  • Do not put vehicle over curbs, sidewalks, or lane markings.
  • Stop behind stop lines, crosswalks, or stop signs.
  • Complete a turn in the proper lane on a multiple lane road (vehicle should finish a left turn in the lane directly to the right of the center line).
  • Finish a right turn in the right-most (curb) lane. Move to or remain in right-most lane unless lane is blocked.


  • Do not over or under steer the vehicle.
  • Keep both hands on the steering wheel at all times unless shifting. Once you have completed shift, return both hands to the steering wheel.

Regular Traffic Checks

  • Check traffic regularly.
  • Check mirrors regularly.
  • Check mirrors and traffic before, while in, and after an intersection.
  • Scan and check traffic in high volume areas and areas where pedestrians are expected to be present.

Use of Turn Signals

  • Use turn signals properly.
  • Activate turn signals when required.
  • Activate tum signals at appropriate times.
  • Cancel turn signals upon completion of a turn or lane change.