Recently, we were invited by The Auto Gallery, one of the premier luxury dealerships in California, to test drive the all-new 2015 McLaren 650S.

In addition to soaking up the awesomeness of the new 650-horsepower car, we also inquired about dealership’s pet peeves when it comes to people test driving their vehicles.

Here are five things to keep in mind to make sure the time behind the wheel of your dream car doesn’t get cut short…


Don’t Question the Rules
Be almost certain that you won’t be test driving the car alone. Supercars like the McLaren 650S that run $300,000 or more come with a lot of liabilities for a dealership that often require a representative on hand as well as a few instructions when driving.


Be Honest
Chances are if it’s a new car like the McLaren 650S, there are a lot of things you wouldn’t know about the vehicle. Act like it. There’s nothing wrong with admitting it’s your first time driving a supercar. And ask questions if there’s something you don’t know before jumping on the road.


Respect the Power
We’ll save you the horror stories we’ve heard of some supercar test drives gone bad. Just remember that a 650 horsepower exotic can be as frightening as it is fun if you don’t drive within your limit. Don’t let someone else have to tell you that out of fear you’re way out of your league.


Ask First
Of course, one of the reasons for buying a supercar is to be able to enjoy its performance attributes. But before you decide to test those capabilities, ask the accompanying associate if it’s OK. They’ll probably have a much better sense of the roads you’re driving and any potential dangers ahead.


It’s Not Yours, Yet
Remember, you still haven’t signed the paperwork. So respect the fact that someone is allowing you to drive their supercar. Disregarding that in any way is not only highly disrespectful to the dealership but also a sign that maybe you aren’t ready for supercar status.

Photos by A.J. Mueller