Massachusetts Drivers Training: Behind the Wheel Training and Permit Training
Every person dreams to drive a car which stands out amongst others. Every person hopes that the dream will come true. What if, one day you are given an opportunity to drive your favorite car, but you don’t have a license? There are a lot of ‘what if’s’ in life. What if there is a medical emergency and you can’t drive? What if there is no public transport where you stay? What if you miss your ride to the office and can’t find another? What if you don’t know how to drive and your life depends on it?
You can never find an answer to all the ‘what if’s’ in life. But to some questions, you can find an answer. Driving is a skill set that every person has to be trained in. It does not matter whether he owns a car or not. Learning to drive has its own set of uses. Learning how to drive and getting a driver’s license may look like a roller coaster ride. But Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles makes it easier to learn driving and to obtain a Class D driver’s license.
Obtaining a Massachusetts Driving license
Obtaining a Massachusetts Driver’s License will give the holder the ability to operate a motor vehicle on any public road, highway, or other way permitting access to the public in Massachusetts. As a teenager nears the driving age, he or she gets anxious to get their license. But before obtaining a license, the applicant has to go through driver’s training under the supervision of an experienced licensed driver. There are two aspects of training namely
- Behind the Wheel training
- Permit training
A teenager applying for a Massachusetts driving license must satisfy the requirements of RMV’s Junior Operator License program. The applicant has to be at least 16 years of age to begin the JOL program which includes classroom instructions, professional driving instruction and behind the wheel training.
Permit training and Behind the wheel training in Massachusetts
An applicant can complete the driver’s education class online or in a classroom. After obtaining the classroom training, the applicant receives on-road instructions and driver’s training under an experienced certified trainer. Behind the wheel, training gives confidence to the driver while applying for the driver’s license. After training under the supervisor for a specified number of hours, the applicant is eligible to apply for a driver’s license.
A learner’s permit can be obtained at the age of 16. But the applicant has to be 16 years six months to be eligible to apply for a Class D driver’s license. The applicant has to pass a multiple choice test and vision exam to receive the learner’s permit. While training under the learner’s permit, the driver has to be accompanied by a licensed driver aged 21 years or older with at least 1-year experience. It is illegal to drive alone with a learner’s permit. To be eligible to receive a provisional license, the applicant should have completed 40 hours of supervised training behind the wheel. A provisional license is also given with 30 hours of supervised driving on completing the driver’s skill development program.
Driving restrictions for applicants who are under 18 years of age-
- The applicants are not allowed to drive at night.
- The parent or the guardian must have completed at least 2 hours of lessons as a part of a driver training course. This does not apply if they have completed a driving course in the last five years.
- Applicant has to submit a written statement signed by a parent/legal guardian to certify driving practice before taking the road test.
On fulfilling the requirements of the provisional license, the applicant is eligible to receive the Class D Massachusetts driver's license.