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Area Driving Performance Evaluation (ADPE)

What is the difference between an Area Driving Performance Evaluation and a Supplemental Driving Performance Evaluation?

If you do not pass your Supplemental Driving Performance Evaluation test and, your driving test examiner determines that you may be able to drive safely within a clearly defined, but restricted area, he/she may suggest that you take an Area Driving Performance Evaluation test.

When you take an Area Driving Performance Evaluation test, you will be tested in a specific area pre-determined by you and your driving test examiner. This driving test will be based on your most important driving needs and is typically given in the area where you live. Your driving needs may also include trips to a grocery or department store, doctor's office, bank, church, golf course, and hair stylist.

Area Driving tests are customized for each person. An Area Driving test route will be determined by the streets or roads you take to get from your home to a specific location and then back home. After you pass your Area Driving test and meet all other license requirements, you will be issued a restricted license. Your driver license restriction limits you to driving in a specified area, and you may not drive on any freeway.

If I have to take a driving test, how can I prepare for it?

If you need to take a driving test and are concerned about passing the first time, you may find it helpful to review the following information.

  1. Review DMV information.
    How to prepare for your driving test - This pamphlet covers what to bring with you for your driving test and what to expect during the driving test.

    The California Driver Handbook sections "The Driving Test"; "The Laws and Rules of the Road"; and "Safe Driving Practices".

    Parent-Teen Training Guide (PDF) - Although this booklet was developed for teenage drivers, reviewing the driving practices will provide an overview of some driving skills you may not be aware of or may have forgotten.
  2. Ask another driver to review your driving skills.
    Ask a trusted younger driver (such as your adult child) to sit in the passenger seat and observe your driving. The observer should note any driving errors you make or any driving behaviors that would make a passenger feel unsafe. Your observer should critique your driving in a constructive and non-critical manner.
    • Do not be offended by what your observer tells you. You want your observer to be truthful. Remember, your observer's comments are not a personal criticism of you, but a concern for your safety while driving.
    • Listen thoroughly to your observer's remarks. Be open to suggestions. If your driving errors are correctable, you can, with practice, develop safer driving habits.
    • Consider your driving future carefully. If your observer tells you that he/she feels your driving skills have deteriorated to a point that it is no longer safe for you to drive, try not to get defensive or upset. Ask your observer for reasons and examples. Listen carefully to the reasons given and the examples cited. Use these to make an informed decision to either improve your skills to continue driving or to "retire" your driver license.

  3. Practice, practice, practice

Once you identify areas for improvement, practice performing them correctly. If certain driving maneuvers or situations confuse you, ask your observer to review them with you. If you choose, you may take a Mature Driver Course which covers classroom instruction on defensive driving and California motor vehicle laws. You may also take behind-the-wheel driver instruction from a licensed driving school to help you improve your skills.

DMV Driver Safety

Physical and/or mental conditions that might affect my ability to drive

Vision conditions that might affect my ability to drive

How to prepare for your driving test (pamphlet)

Driving licenses restrictions

Driver License Handbook

Parent-Teen Training Guide (PDF)

Mature Driver Course

Licensed Mature Driver Improvement Schools

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