If you want to become a highway patrol officer in your respective state, you’ll have to pass the entrance exam first. Just like federal police officer exams, the highway patrol exam is tough as nails. Because highway patrol primarily handles traffic, they tend to recruit individuals who are highly alert since traffic stops can be dangerous. In fact, traffic stop incidents are the leading cause of police officer fatalities.
Moving on to why there’s such a high failure rate in respect to the highway patrol examination:
One of the main reasons applicants fail the highway patrol entrance test is because they failed to prepare properly. In this day and age, there shouldn’t be any excuses as to why you aren’t prepared for the test because there are hundreds of resourceful study guides available to highway patrol prospects. They are available on eBay, Amazon, local bookstores, and StatePoliceExam.com.
It’s mind-boggling some recruits don’t even prepare at all. They arrive at the exam center without any prior knowledge of what’s going to be on the test and they fail. Again there’s really no excuse for that, plain and simple.
Here’s how to start preparing yourself right this minute for the highway patrol exam:
As I mentioned earlier, the primary duty of a highway patrol officer is traffic enforcement on interstates. There are occasions where they are allowed to do other things if a crisis situation arises. The one thing you can do right now to prepare yourself for the exam won’t cost you a penny.
Here’s what to do as of right now: You can start training yourself to be more observant while driving. When someone passes you on the road, try to remember the description of the vehicle (things like make, model, color, and distinctive features are very important). If you do this enough you’ll prepare yourself for the memory and recognition test. You can seriously start doing this immediately. You will be amazed how well this works.
Another thing you can do is monitor different traffic violations that you notice while driving, and then make a mental note of the violators’ vehicle. Again you will be surprised after doing it for a couple weeks how sharp you are when it comes to zooming in on violators. Also visit the license branch and get a copy of your state’s complete list of traffic violations, and semi tractor’s roadway rules and guidelines. You’ll definitely want to brush up on your traffic laws concerning semi tractor trailers.