Mississippi DPS Driver's Manual - a disgrace

Mississippi DPS Ignore Customers

We Want to Hop Online, Not in Line

Nobody should have missed that people today use Internet to find information.

When you want to study for your first learner’s permit or driver’s license, you will probably look for a driver handbook or driver’s manual online.

While most state departments do a very good job by keeping their websites up to date, this cannot be said about Mississippi DPS @MissDPS.

They still keep their 2011 version of the manual available online, even though several laws have changed since then. When you call them, you are asked to pick up a hard copy at the nearest office. Why should you need to stand in line and wait in a busy office for something so simple?

If you want to study for your MS permit, you want the latest version of the manual. The 2011 pdf-version of the manual is the worst one in the country, according to licenseroute.com.

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Understand What the Deer Crossing Sign Mean

Deer Crossing Means You Must Be Alert

Between October and December, deer and car collisions are at their highest. But deer can dart into your path at any time of the year.

Be aware of the deer crossing sign anytime you drive through an area known for high deer populations. It tells you to slow down and be extra alert. Sometimes deer crossing signs are used together with a beacon that flashes when deer movement is detected.

Pay special attention to the roadsides at dawn and dusk. These are the times when deer are most likely to cross the road. Lower visibility can also make it more difficult for you to see them.

If there is one deer by the roadside, expect more. Deer almost never travel alone. Chances are there are others nearby. Your best defense against a crash, is to control your speed, avoid distractions, and stay alert.

200 Deaths Each Year

Collisions with deer and other wild animals result in almost 200 fatalities each year. State Farm estimates that 1.25 million auto-deer collisions occurred in the U.S. between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. The average cost per insurance claim was $4,135.

Collisions with animals are more common than people think.

Don’t Swerve Around the Animal

If you are about to strike a deer, don’t try to swerve around the animal. They move quickly and you could lose control of your vehicle and go off the roadway. You also risk a head-on collision with oncoming vehicles. In both cases, you increase the chances of serious injuries.

As much as possible, you should try to bring your vehicle to a controlled stop or hit the deer at low speed.

If you hit a deer, report it to the police. If someone is injured, call emergency services.

Deer at night - State Farm

Should You Flash Your Headlights?

If there is a deer standing in your path, should you try to deter the animal by flashing your headlights or using your horn? Most experts will tell you that it has little or no effect. The animal is usually deterred by the approach of your vehicle. Slowing down is often enough.

Flashing high beams at night could have the reversed effect and cause an animal to freeze. High beams will temporarily blind the animal. So, use your headlights with care when you approach a deer.

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What to Do If You See a Deer Crossing the Road by Driver’s Prep.

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Learn about Risky Study Tactics for Your DMV Test

 

Joni Stark guides you through some risky study tactics that could cause you to fail your written DMV test.

1. Underestimate the Time Needed

It is not uncommon for new drivers to underestimate how much time they need to study the driver handbook. Quick reading and a vague understanding of the material may have been enough to help you pass tests in junior high or high school. Learning the rules of the road is a different matter, and usually more complicated than learning things like American History.

2. Wait until the Last Minute

A lot of teenagers are also in the habit of just studying two or three hours before an important test. If you do this before the real DMV test, you are very likely to fail the exam.

3. Late Night Cramming Before the Test

Putting everything off to the last minute and do late-night cramming before the exam, is also something might have worked in high school, but it will not work for your DMV test. There is simply too much to absorb, and you brain needs time to sort it out.

Prepare well before the examination and get a good night’s sleep before the day of the exam. If you are rested, you will do better on the test.

Copyright: Pavel Schlemmer

4. Memorizing instead of Learning

So, you started well in advance. You read the handbook, or at least most of it. And you took a lot of practice tests. Step by step, you improved your score on the practice tests…

It is not uncommon that practice tests and high scores lure into thinking that you already know everything. But practice tests may, unfortunately, trigger a memorizing reflex instead help you to true learning. Seeing the same answer over and over, creates an “image” instead of true knowledge.

5. Trying to Do It Alone

Simply reading, taking practice tests, and thinking about the material in your head may work for some, but most people learn better when interacting with others. Accept help from friends, parents, and others.

How to Ace the Exam!

By avoiding these mistakes, you can learn to ace the permit test.


Photos: Pavel Schlemmer and Ian Allenden

New York DMV Written Test on YouTube

NEW – DMV Test Videos for State of New York

DMV Videos for State of New York on YouTube

Watch the 9th online DMV test video for New York State. It complements previous videos and has another 20 question to help you pass your DMV written test.

Start by reading the New York State DMV Driver’s Manual and learn about road rules, road signs, driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, as well as other safe driving techniques. Then, use a YouTube video to check your progress.

In the video, you will see the correct answer about 20 seconds after the question is asked.

You can also use the video to challenge friends and family. Who can answer the questions first?

The Official NYS DMV Test

The official NYS DMV test has 20 multiple choice questions. To pass, you can only miss 6 questions, and only 2 of the 4 questions about road signs.

If you are feeling discouraged when reading the DMV driver’s manual, don’t give up. Sometimes it helps to know you aren’t alone – most people are anxious about their DMV test and find it hard to read everything in the Driver’s Manual. But it is worth your effort, and eventually you will get there.

Even if you can only study one page a day, you are doing something to continue your learning. Eventually, the dots will connect. Rules will make sense and road signs will become familiar and obvious.

The Importance of Practice Tests

Take as many practice tests as you can. Use the ones at https://driversprep.com/new-york/. They will help you learn faster. You should aim for a score of 95 – 100 % on the practice test, before considering yourself ready for the real thing.

Useful Reminders for the DMV Written Test

 

Scott McGregor lists 7 important reminders for the DMV written test on licenseroute.com. It is a quick summary of some very useful tips for students who are preparing to take the DMV written knowledge test.

Outsmart the Multiple-choice Test

The article offers some insight to how multiple-choice tests work, which may give you an edge over DMV and the test-makers. Even if knowledge of rules of the road is by far the best recipe for passing the DMV test, there may be situations when you are forced to guess on the exam.

Test makers often construct false choices (“distractors”) by using words like always or never. Unless the question is directly related to traffic laws, this may warn you that the answer is false.

If you are force to wild guessing, you should also look for the longest answer, or the answer with more details. But be aware of unnecessary details, like numbers, penalties and similar, that may change over time. Test makers don’t want to change their questions just because the law changes.

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All tests are written by humans and are constructed in a certain way to make sure you have the proper knowledge. Test-makers are, of course, also aware of the above and may try to outsmart you instead. So, be careful when you take the exam. Who outsmarts who in the question above?

The Best Strategy is to Use Practice Tests

A DMV written practice test at licenseroute.com serves two purposes:

  • You familiarize yourself with the test format.
  • You get instant feedback on your current knowledge level.

With DMV practice tests that are little bit more challenging, you will also learn how to pace yourself and read everything twice. An important experience, when you enter the test room at your local DMV office.

Start by motivate yourself, read your state’s driver handbook, and then take as many practices tests as you need. The more tests you take, the more you will learn.

According to Scott, you should aim for a score of 95 – 100 % on the practice test. Friends and family may also be able to help with honest feedback. You shouldn’t be afraid to ask them.

Should We Retest All Drivers?

Retest Driver Knowledge - Copyright: Denis Raev

Mandatory Testing of Older Drivers

Drivers 70 years or older are involved in more accidents than teenagers. As they reach 85 years, they have the highest rate of fatal accidents per miles driven, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Some states already require seniors over a certain age to pass a vision and written test before renewing a driver license. Illinois also requires older residents to retake the behind-the-wheel test.

Is It Time to Retest All Drivers?

The older you get, the more important it is to have your basic driver knowledge updated. No one is immune from bad driving habits or forgetting rules of the road. Traffic has become more complex and rules of the road are constantly changing.

John Simmons, an experienced driver, took a re-exam to find out if he was up-to-date with all rules, signs, and signals.

He missed the passing score for his state by one question.

If you already have a driver’s license, do you think you could pass a DMV reeximantion today? Are you comfortable with all road signs, traffic signals, pavement markings, and safe driving techniques? How much have changed since you got your driver’s license? Do you know?

What Do You Think?


From Storify: Should We Retest All Drivers?

DMV Practice Tests on YouTube – Real Questions

More DMV Practice Tests on YouTube

Driver's Prep YouTube Videos

Driver’s Prep has added more than a handful new videos on YouTube. These videos help you to recap or refresh parts of the DMV practice tests. They are a great way to prepare and get ready for the final exam, when you are short of time or just passing time somewhere.

It is also fun to challenge friends and see if they can come up with the correct answer before you do.

Available YouTube Videos with Real Questions and Answers

Here are some of the latest videos available on YouTube:

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FREE Maryland MVA Practice Test Videos | 2016-2017

Maryland MVA Practice Test Videos

Ready for the Maryland Permit Exam?

Getting ready for your Maryland MVA permit exam? Watch the Maryland MVA practice test videos at YouTube from Driver’s Prep. They are full-length test simulations. They run for 10 minutes, which is half the allotted exam time of 20 minutes. It’s a realistic online experience similar to an actual computer-based testing environment. You will get a feel for test and can rest assured that you have plenty of time to complete your written knowledge test within the 20 minutes.

Many applicants feel nervous about the timed permit exam, but most finish in less than 10 minutes. Check the videos and you can see for yourself. The time constraint on the Maryland permit exam should not be one of your worries.

How to Use Maryland Permit Exam Videos

All the questions in the exam videos are based on the official MD Driver’s Manual published by MVA. Make sure you get a copy before you move on to the practice tests at Driver’s Prep. The manual has all the up-to-date information about road signs and traffic rules; everything you need to know to pass the MVA Permit Exam.

During your studies of the Driver’s Manual, take some practice tests on a regular basis. They help you to learn faster. Watch videos while you are on the go, they serve as quick reminders and will make you feel more confident.

The Maryland Permit Exam is tough. Almost 50% fail the first time. Come well prepared for this exam. Don’t assume that it is just common sense and that you can skip the manual or the online practice tests. Study a little every day and you will have no problems passing the exam! A few weeks of checking the manual and working on sample exams on the website will make a world of difference!

21 To Buy, Not Supply – Michigan Underage Drinking Campaign

Campus Campaign in Michigan

Underage Drinking Results in More Traffic Crashes

According to traffic safety statistics, drivers under 21 years are more likely to be involved in fatal traffic crashes. The risk is even higher if alcohol is involved. Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson now launches a statewide “21 to Buy, Not Supply” college campus campaign. The purpose is to curb the access to alcohol for minors.

“Our target audience is young adults who turn 21 and suddenly have access to increased privileges and responsibilities,” Johnson explained.

Underage drinking not only increases the likelihood for fatal traffic crashes, but also unwanted pregnancies, personal safety issues, sexual assault, and suicides.

Supplying Alcohol to Minors has Severe Consequences

Young adults should avoid jeopardizing their future by supplying alcohol to minors. A young adult may face $1,000 in fines, 90 days in jail and legal fees of $5,000 or more. Those are just the immediate penalties. Further consequences could include forfeited scholarships, lost wages, and even expulsion from college.

“Keeping alcohol out of the hands of minors is one of our greatest challenges,” Johnson said.

Read more at: FreeDMVtest.org

Turn on Hazard Lights or Not?

Hazard Warning Lights in rain - Copyright: driversprep.com

Should You Turn on Your Hazard Lights?

You should turn on hazard lights:

A.   Whenever you are driving slower than the flow of traffic.
B.   Whenever it is raining hard and you can barely see the road ahead.
C.   Whenever you are double parked.
D.   None of the above.

This is not a real DMV exam question, but it should give you something to think about. Are you one of these drivers that turn on emergency flashers in a heavy downpour or think it is a good idea to use hazard warning lights every time you driver slower than the rest of traffic?

If you are, you are not alone.

But here is a sobering fact that might come as a surprise to you. Driving with your emergency flashers on in these situations is illegal in many states – and for a good reason.

Emergencies Only

In states where driving with activated hazard lights is allowed, this is usually limited to emergencies and hazards only. If there is an unexpected accident ahead, and you need to warn others, then slowing down and activating hazard lights may be allowed. If your steering or brakes fail, you should also warn others with your hazard lights until you can come to a stop in a safe location.

Otherwise, you should refrain from using your emergency flashers, unless you have stopped because of an emergency on the roadway or on the shoulder, and your vehicle may interfere with traffic.

For your DMV test and future safe driving, make sure you know the law in your state. When driving from one state to another, you should check the laws before you embark on your trip. Or to be on the sage side, just be very restrictive when it comes to using emergency flashers.

Double Parking

Of course, double parking is always illegal. Turning on your emergency flashers while you leave your vehicle does NOT make double parking legal.

Get More Information about the Laws in Your State

Read more about when to use emergency flashers