Louisiana Drivers Training: Behind the Wheel Training and Permit Training
For any person wishing to drive a motor vehicle in the United States, the person must hold a valid driver’s license which proves the capability of the individual to maneuver, commandeer as well as control the vehicle. In most countries, the legislation allows people in their late teens to apply for a driving license. In the state of Louisiana, the minimum age at which a person can register to obtain a driver’s license is fifteen.
Louisiana Road Skills Test
In order to obtain a driver’s license; an individual has to successfully pass a road skills test. The test demonstrates his or her ability to drive safely and securely on the streets as well as on the highway. The road safety test encompasses the following procedures which the applicant needs to be familiar with:
- Starting the vehicle as well as reversing out from a driveway on to the road.
- Parking the vehicle in a straight line
- Performing multiple lefts as well as right turns as necessary
- Changing lanes, and monitoring incoming traffic along the lanes
- Understanding as well as adhering to the rules of the traffic signals
- Commandeering a vehicle through at least two intersections, maintaining traffic rules and observing oncoming traffic perpendicular to the vehicle
- Observing speeding rules
- Yielding “Right of Way” for emergency vehicles such as ambulances and fire trucks
Passing the aforementioned test provides an individual with a Class D or a Class E driver’s license; which is applicable for both first-time applicants as well as for those with learner permits.
Louisiana Learner’s Permit
A learner’s permit allows an individual to drive on the streets legally to understand as well as adapt to the nuances of real-world driving skills while being accompanied by either a licensed parent, guardian or adult who possesses a valid driving license. Anyone above the age of sixteen is allowed to apply for a learner’s license. The learner’s license entails the following procedures:
- For those below eighteen (18): Required to pass a 38-hour driver education course along with 8 hours of driving accompanied by a valid license holder
- For those above eighteen (18): Required to pass a 6-hour classroom driving instruction course along with 8 hours of driving with a valid license holder.
In order to apply for a learner’s permit in Louisiana, the applicant is required to furnish the following documents:
- Proof of residency in the state of Louisiana
- Proof of completion of age-bound driver education course; examined through a written and a vision test
- Certified birth certificate
- Social security verification documents.
Intermediate Driver’s License
The Intermediate Driver’s License is required for drivers who obtain their driving permit between fifteen to seventeen years of age; and uses a period of six months - between the learner’s permit and the unrestricted driving license. During the intermediate period, drivers are able to drive a vehicle on their own, but with a few restrictions. The restrictions are:
- Prohibition of driving between 12:00 am and 6:00 am
- Able to carry a single unrelated passenger below 20 years of age
The program requires the applicant to pass a written knowledge as well as vision test; passing which a distinctive “Under 18” permit will be issued. The aforementioned permit has the driver fulfill a couple of requirements. The requirements are listed below.
- If the applicant is found guilty of a moving traffic violation, the applicant has to restart the six month waiting period.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs are prohibited.