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Maryland Driver's Licensing Test Part 2

August 20, 2010 · 2 Comments

Once the driver (student) has made it passed the pre-trip/test inspection, the second phase of the test begins which is the Closed Course Maneuvers

Closed Course Maneuvers - A test of your basic control skills will be conducted on a closed course before your public road test.  It will assess your general driving ability along with the following two exercises: The Reverse Two-Point Turnabout and the Right-Side Parallel Park

Reverse Two-Point Turnabout - This is a timed exercise with a maximum time allowance of 3 minutes.  You will be asked to drive past an area that represents a driveway or alley.  You will be required to back your vehicle into the designated area on your right until the front of your vehicle clears the front set of cones. Again, you will have 3 minutes to complete this exercise.  You will than be asked to exit the area to the right.  You will be evaluated on your backing skills, visual skills, judgment of space, use of mirrors and turn signals, steering, braking, acceleration and general driving skills.

Right-Side Parallel Park - This as well is a timed exercise with a maximum time allowance of 3 minutes.  You will be asked to park between flags/cones in a parking space parallel to a curb that will be on your right.  You should drive past the parking space, than back your vehicle into the space.  You must park your vehicle completely within the parking space, 12 inches or closer to the curb.  Again, you will have a maximum of 3 minutes to complete this exercise.  This exercise is designed to assess the skills necessary to safely maneuver a vehicle in a confined area.  You will also be evaluated on visual skills, judgment of space, use of mirrors and turn signals, steering, braking, acceleration control and general driving skills.         

After successful completion of the closed course manuvers, you will drive on a pre-determined public road route that will have a variety of traffic situations.  We will cover that in Part III. 


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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tom Pinckney // Sep 30, 2010 at 9:23 PM

    In addition to the parking and reversing into a parking space, there are 2-4 stop signs (number of signs differs at each location) with lines on the closed course portion of the test. The examiner will not tell the driver the signs are there. Make sure the front of the car does not pass over the line and that the car really stops. No "California rolls!"
  • 2 Austin Duff // Oct 1, 2010 at 6:10 PM

    My examiner measured the 12-inch requirement with his shoe. He failed me, never referring to the white line or even a ruler. He put his foot next to the curb, promising me that his foot was 12 inches long. Several of my friends have reported similar unfair rulings at Gaithersburg MVA specifically. I would suggest testing anywhere but at Gaithersburg. They are in too much of a rush to be fair and will waste your time.

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