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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Copyright : Ian Allenden

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

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?

Michigan Announces the Parent’s Supervised Driving Program

 

Teen Driver - credited to Tracy Aiguier

New Program in Michigan

Michigan announces the rollout of a new driving program to help parents and guardians of teen drivers.

The program includes a new parent’s driving guide sponsored by Ford that is being distributed to parents of teen drivers at Secretary of State Offices. You can also download the guide at: michigan.gov

This guide was created to address a need to improve roadway safety and teen driving behaviors nationwide.

In addition, there is an app that can be used to log and track driving practice hours.

In Michigan, teens are required to complete 50 hours of driving with a parent or guardian, including 10 hours at night, before taking a road-skills test and being allowed to drive alone.

The Parent’s Supervised Driving Program

The program is also available in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine, Nebraska, Colorado, Idaho, Delaware, and Alaska.

Read more here.

 

Free Alabama DMV Tests

Alabama Driver Manual

Alabama Driver Manual


We have added new and updated questions for the Alabama DMV test.

As always, our tests include all the necessary questions on Alabama traffic laws, road signs, and rules of safe driving.

We offer a complete coverage of the material published in the Alabama Driver Manual.

You should always start by reading the manual, which you can find in digital format on the DPS web site.

Many of the details in the manual are easy to skip. They might seem irrelevant or insignificant for becoming a good driver. However, knowing the facts is often an important part of the written knowledge test.

Safe following distances, what to do at a railroad crossing, in what situations you are required to stop, and responsibilities at the scene of an accident are all areas that might show up on your test. Generally, you will also find questions about drinking and driving. Study all of these chapters carefully.

When you think you are ready with the manual, take a handful of practice tests at driversprep.com. When you reach a score of 90% or more you are probably ready for your real test.

Click on the button to get to our free tests. Remember, everything is free without any stupid gimmicks. You don’t need to sign up or we don’t ask for any personal information.

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Free Maryland Permit Tests

Taking driving test

Image credit: lisafx

 

The free driver’s license tests at driver’s prep now include a complete coverage for Maryland.

More than 500 questions cover everything appearing in the driver’s manual. All tests are free and unlimited. No gimmicks, and no sign-up required.

Each test on driversprep.com consists of 25 questions, drawn from the large database. You should correctly answer at least 22 questions to make sure you pass the real knowledge test.

Always start by reading the driver’s manual. All questions on the real MVA knowledge test are based on the information in the manual. There are no trick questions, but the Maryland manual is known for being a bit scanty. Read it carefully. Important information is often mentioned in a single sentence.

Most items in the driver’s manual may show up on the real test.

The MVA knowledge test also consists of 25 questions. You need a score of 85% or better to pass. MVA may use a time limit. At driversprep.com, however, there is no time limit.

Tests are administered on a computer. They are available in English, as well as Spanish. Other translations or oral tests may also be available. Make sure you make an appointment if you need other translations or oral tests.

 

Should I Be an Organ Donor?

Drivers License: Organ Donor

 

When you obtain your driving license, you will be asked: Do you wish to be an organ donor?

If you answer yes, what does that mean?

It means that you have decided to give organs or tissues after your death to people who urgently need a transplant. Being an organ donor is probably one of the most generous things you can do. You are giving someone a very special gift – a second chance at life. A maybe not just one person. You, as a single donor can potentially save up to eight lives.

The need is real. On average, 19 people die each day waiting for transplants because of the shortage of available donor organs. People of all ages, from infants to great-grandparents, are on the national transplant waiting list.

Your choice to become an organ donor can make a life-saving difference for these critically ill people.

When you say yes, the title organ donor will appear on your license. Often with the red heart symbol. The decision to donate is yours and yours alone. But it is a decision that should be shared with your family. It is important that they understand your wishes.

All people who indicate their donation wishes on their driver’s license will have their name added to an Organ and Tissue Donor Registry.

It doesn’t matter how old you are. Nor do you have to be in perfect health. Each person’s ability to donate is determined at the time of his or her death. Being a donor will not affect your medical care if you are in an accident. If you are admitted to a hospital, the number one priority is still to save your life.

Remember, by becoming an organ, tissue and eye donor, you will make a difference.

Do not hesitate.

Read more at The National Network of Organ Donors