Preparing for your driver’s test

Taking your driver’s test can seem terrifying and be nerve racking, but with having preparation for it, there’s no need to feel anxious. To take your driver’s test, you must first have completed quite a list of things.

First, you have to take a driver’s ed course which you can take once you turn 15. The driver’s ed course can be taken at places in SPPS schools after school, or programs like Safeway. The cost of driver’s ed is $330, which you can pay fully at registration or, you can also pay half at registration and the other half on the last day of the course. The course usually lasts 2 weeks if it’s on weekdays, but if you play sports or have other extracurricular activities on weekdays, there are classes every week on Saturday, which last around 10 weeks.

After you finish your driver’s ed course, you will be handed a blue card which is your ticket to take your permit test. You can take this blue card to any DMV to take your permit test. There are helpful apps to study for the permit test like “DMVGenie.” There are 40 questions on the permit test and if you get more than 8 wrong, it’s a fail.

Once you pass your test, expect up to 4 weeks for your permit to come in the mail. Until then, you are given a temporary paper permit. There are rules for once you obtain your permit. You can’t drive alone and must drive with a licensed adult over the age of 21.

After you receive your permit, you must take behind the wheel in order to get your license. You drive with an instructor for 6 hours, 2 hours each day, lasting 3 days. After that, you will obtain a white card which will get you a step closer to your driver’s test.

Now, all you have to do is wait until you’re 16, and even if you have passed the age of 16, everyone still also must wait 6 months after you got your permit. During this duration, you can call to make an appointment at any DMV for your driver’s test.

Once the time comes to take the test, you will need your permit, driving log, proof of identification, and a working vehicle. During the test, you will need to able to make turns, parallel park, uphill and downhill park, and do a 90 degree backing. If you fail, you can retake the test up to 3 times before paying a fee.

Once you pass your test, you will be able to drive alone. But just like with the permit, there are restrictions. Your first 6 months, you can’t drive with more than 1 person in the car, that isn’t in your family, and you can’t drive from 12am-5am unless you’re coming from school or work.

Driver’s test can be scary, but with enough practice and preparation, you will pass.

Getting to know Ms. Vashisti

Rashmi Vashisht is a new member of the Highland Park Senior High School staff; she is the assistant principal for 10th graders. Since she’s new to Highland, I thought it would be a good idea to ask her a few questions about herself to get to know our new assistant principal. 

  •  What high school did you attend?

“I attended a high school in India.” 

  • Where did you grow up?

“I grew up in India.”

  • What is your favorite color and why?

“My favorite color is green,” she said. “It’s because the color green gives liveliness, it gives you feeling of good, and it set a very interesting mood.”

  • What do you do for fun?

“I like to travel, dance, walk, and hike.” 

  • How would describe yourself?

“I would say I am a people person and more of a relationship person. I would also describe myself as a person who likes to spend time with family and friends, and I am always eager to learn new things.” 

  • Where is the most interesting place you have been? 

“A place in India, Kashmir, it’s a beautiful valley, a city known for lakes and garden.” 

  • What’s your proudest accomplishment?

Her proudest accomplishment is being a mom of two boys and her job. 

  • If you could live anywhere in the world where would you pick and why?

“I would go with India,” she said. “It’s because I grew up there and all my family ties are there. If I could retire, I would in India.” 

  • What was your first job?

Her first job was at a high school tutoring math kids.