Requirements to get an Instruction Permit for an applicant under 18 years of age:
● Be at least 15 ½ years old;
● Have completed or be enrolled in an approved behind-the-wheel driver education course which begins within 60 days of the date your driver education instructor certifies your driver license application;
● Have your adult sponsor sign the driver license application;
● Present proof of citizenship or legal immigration status; name and date of birth; identity; ● Pass the knowledge test, highway signs test and vision screening;
RESTRICTIONS OF THE INSTRUCTION PERMIT
A driver under 18 may only drive when accompanied by a person with two years driving experience who holds a valid, regular license (it cannot be a probationary or occupational license) and who sits in the front passenger seat and is one of the following:
● A qualified instructor 19 years old or older. Up to three other people may ride in the vehicle if it is equipped with dual controls.
● A parent, legal guardian or spouse 19 years old or older. Immediate family members may ride in the back seat.
● A person 21 or older. This person must be designated in writing by a parent or legal guardian prior to accompanying the teenage driver. Requirements to get a Probationary License for an applicant under 18 years of age:
● Hold the Instruction Permit for a minimum of six months before applying for a Probationary License;
● Be violation free in the six months prior to applying for the Probationary License;
● Accumulate a minimum of 30 hours of behind-the-wheel driving experience, 10 of which must be driving experience at night. You may document the hours on a driving log sheet available on the DMV web site and in the Wisconsin Motorists’ Handbook;
● Present proof of completion of an approved driver-education training course;
● Have your parent or adult sponsor certify on the driver application the completion of 30 hours of driving experience (10 at night);
● Pass the driving skills test;
● Pay the necessary fees.
RESTRICTIONS OF THE PROBATIONARY LICENSE
Drivers under 18 have the following restrictions during the first 9 months after obtaining a Probationary License: From 5 a.m. to midnight, you can drive alone and go anywhere. Any number of immediate family members can ride along as well as the following people:
● ONE person who holds a valid, regular license with at least 2 years of licensed driving experience and who is: - a qualified instructor or spouse 19 or older, OR - a person 21 or older
● ONE other person From midnight to 5 a.m., you can drive alone only IF driving between home, school and/or work. The same people listed immediately above can ride along, too. If driving anywhere else, one of the following people must be seated in the front passenger seat:
● A parent or legal guardian
● ONE person with a valid, regular license with two years of licensed driving experience and who is: - a qualified instructor or spouse 19 or older, OR - a person 21 or older.
● In addition, any number of the driver’s immediate family members and one other person may ride along. Restrictions will be extended 6 months if:
● You are convicted of a moving traffic violation, OR
● You violate any of the restrictions, OR
● Your license is suspended or revoked for any reason.
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As a general rule, you should only use your vehicle’s horn when absolutely necessary to insure safe driving. Whether you are new to driving or simply need a refresher, here are some basic honking etiquette tips to keep in mind.
When you SHOULD use your horn
People cannot see you unless they are looking your way. Your horn can get their attention. Use it whenever it will help prevent a crash. If there is no immediate danger, a light tap on the horn should be all you need. Give your horn a light tap:
• When another vehicle is in danger of hitting you.
• When you have lost control of your vehicle and are moving towards someone.
3- Point Turn (Y-Turn)
Successfully completing a 3-point turn (three point turn) is a common requirement for most driver’s license examinations. Similar to parallel parking, the three point turn is often an area of concern for individuals who are preparing to obtain their license. While most drivers only occasionally use this strategy when it is absolutely necessary, the ability to complete a three point turn is a useful skill for every driver to have. When you practice doing a 3-point-turn for the first time, make sure you are on a street with very little traffic so that you can take your time. Also, it is a good idea to find a location without any ditches, mailboxes, or other major obstacles on either side.
This is used in the Wisconsin driving exam as a test of skill and judgement. It is not recommended for use in general driving, but may be used in residential areas on streets too narrow for a U-turn.
How to make a Y-turn
1. Check for traffic in your mirrors and blind spot. Signal right. Pull as far right as possible and stop.
2. Check traffic in mirrors and blind spot. When the way is clear, signal left. Make a left-angle turn to the opposite curb or side of the road.
3. Check traffic to left and right. Turn front wheels as far right as possible. Looking behind the vehicle, back far enough so the vehicle clears the curb when you pull forward.
4. Check traffic to left and right and proceed when the way is clear.
If you are hesitant about performing a three point turn because of the amount of traffic on a roadway, continue driving until you find a safer means of changing the direction of your vehicle. After a few practices, you should feel confident in your ability to successfully complete a three point turn and have no problem demonstrating the skill during your driver’s license examination. If you ever need to turn your vehicle around in a tight spot during an emergency situation, you will know that you can do so quickly and efficiently using a three point turn.
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