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How to Pass the Driving Test on the First Attempt

The goal of learning to drive is to pass the driving test, especially on the first attempt. That seems like a big hurdle to many. A few questions seem to come out as you get closer to the day of your driving test, such as are you ready to pass the test? Do you have enough experience to please the examiner? What happens if you make a mistake? Passing the driving test on the first attempt is the goal of everyone. You can pass the test on the first try if you follow a few rules.

The G1 driving test will evaluate your basic driving skills when driving on city or town roads. During your driving test, the driving examiner will examine your ability to follow the rules of the road and your ability to show safe driving behavior at all times. The examiner will give you directions while you’re on the test, but all the other decisions are yours, including the lane to drive in and what speed to travel. The G2 road test will be done on local roads around the DriveTest Centre and will usually last roughly 20 minutes.

10 Tips to Help you Pass the Driving Test on the First Attempt

1. Professional Training and Practice:

Before you become ready to take your road test, there are several things you will need to learn. The beginning of your journey should start with driver training. This stage is going to help prepare you to pass the driving test, but it will also help you drive safely as a licensed driver. Relying on a family member to teach you everything you need to learn to pass the driving test can be difficult. Using a professional driving instructor helps since they do this for a living.

2. Before you Begin the Test:

On the day of your driving test, everything you do, while you are in the vehicle, will be viewed by the driving examiner. Before you get to the DriveTest Centre, check to ensure your brake lights and turn signals are all working, as is the horn. The driving examiner will check those before the test starts. Once you get to the DriveTest Centre, ensure your mirrors are adjusted correctly. Taking a short drive as you head to the DriveTest Centre should help relax you before taking the test. Before the examiner enters the vehicle, ensure the stereo is off. After checking in inside DriveTest, go and sit comfortably inside your vehicle and ensure your seatbelt is secured before the examiner arrives.

3. Follow All the Rules of the Road:

Before taking your driving test, it would benefit you to review the rules of the road and common road signs. This will freshen up your knowledge if you reach a specific situation or sign during your driving test.

4. Obey Posted Speed Limits:

During the drive, ensure you obey the posted speed limits. Remember speed limit throughout the city is 50 km/h unless otherwise posted. If the speed limit is different than 50 km/h, the speed sign is often placed just past an intersection. If there is no speed sign, you will know the speed limit is 50 km/h. If you notice you are creeping above the posted speed limit, do your best to smoothly get back to the speed limit as soon as possible. This is especially important while driving downhill. Since speeding is a failure on your driving test, keep a close watch on your speed.

5. Complete Stops at Stop Signs:

Looking well ahead of where you currently are, you will be able to see each stop sign you are approaching. This will give you time to smoothly begin slowing down and come to a gentle stop at the sign. To ensure you are making a complete stop, wait until you feel the vehicle come to a complete stop before checking the intersection to see if it is clear to proceed. Once the way is clear of all vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians who should get the right of way, you may proceed.

6. Lane Changes and Choice:

Since you will be required to change lanes throughout your road test, there are steps that the driving examiner will be looking for to ensure you are doing. Always keep to the right since the right lane is considered the driving lane, and the left lane is the passing lane. Change lanes to the left once asked to make a left turn, provided a lane change is required. You would also need to change lanes if the right lane is blocked with a parked vehicle or debris or if it is ending. The examiner will not specifically ask you to change lanes, but they will give you directions. The driving examiner will be looking to see that you have checked your rear-view mirror, signaled, checked your outside mirror, and then your blind spot before moving into the next lane. If you tilt up your rearview mirror slightly, it will make your mirror check more noticeable since you will have to move your head and not just your eyes.

7. Good Observational Skills:

Having good observational skills is part of passing your road test. You will need to see each yellow warning sign and follow the request. Also, there may be signs such as no right turn on red that you will have to notice, especially if you happen to be the first vehicle at the intersection and need to turn right. When asked to pull to the curb, you must look for signs that prohibit stopping and pulling over where it is safe and legal. Good observation during any low-speed maneuver is needed, such as a parallel park, parking stall, 3-point turn, or hill park. Checking all around you before moving the vehicle in any direction not only ensures that it’s safe to perform that skill but also shows the driving examiner you are careful.

8. Low-speed Skills:

Although parallel parking, 3-point turns, and parking in a parking stall may terrify some, they can be easy to do. These are skills you should practice often so that your confidence builds by the time you take your driving test. If the result of doing the low-speed skills is not exactly as you would like, you can still pass the test. As long as you signal every move, have good observation, and have not done anything dangerous, it should not affect your ability to pass the driving test.

9. Making Turns:

Each time you make a turn, you must turn from the proper lane and enter the corresponding lane around the corner. Practicing your turns so they are smooth is helpful but making them consistently smooth is more important. Ensure you enter the intersection when it is safe to do so. If you are turning left at a traffic light, remember to check for any pedestrians who may be walking through the crosswalk just before you might be turning. A quick blind spot check would help. The recovery of your steering should be smooth and continuous as well. Any slight error would not necessarily fail you on the test but making that error regularly could.

10. Drive Defensive:

Following the rules of the road is needed if you want to pass your driving test on the first attempt but keeping watch of the other drivers and their actions will also help you pass the test. Anticipating the moves of other road users ahead of time so you can adjust to them helps you drive smoothly. Look for pedestrians crossing where they are not allowed or drivers turning into your path when they should not. Keep moving your eyes ahead and from side to side to look for these individuals. That will give you time to respond to them.

If you follow these tips, you should have smooth sailing during your driving test and will soon become a licensed driver. With professional training and lots of practice, you can pass your driving test on the first attempt. Let Trubicars help you reach this goal of yours!

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