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Tips from the Examiner

At the start of the test we will ask you if you have any questions. Asking us questions before you start is refreshing and will only help you succeed on your road test. The best part of my job is telling people they have passed.

Remember everyone is nervous, do the best you can. Most people that are unsuccessful on a first test pass the second test once they know what we are looking for in their driving.


Top 10 reasons people are unsuccessful on their road test.

  • Uncontrolled intersection
  • Speeding 10 km/hr or more over posted speed limit
  • Too slow for conditions-15km/hr under speed limit and affecting traffic
  • Climbing the curb when Hill Parking or Parallel Parking
  • Rolling Stop
  • Failing to stop before turning on red light
  • Failing to turn on red light when safe to proceed and affecting other vehicle
  • Unsuccessful parking maneuver
  • Falling to yield to an pedestrian or another vehicle
  • Driving with the emergency brake on

Uncontrolled Intersections (Driver's Guide pg.57)

Uncontrolled intersection is where there are no traffic lights, stop signs, or yield signs, the driver must yield to the vehicle on the right.


We look for you to slow to a defensive speed then scan in each direction that the road intersects. Uncontrolled intersections come in a "T" intersection and 4-way intersection and are found mostly on residential roads.


The speed when entering an uncontrolled intersection should be determined by road conditions and visibility obstructions (bushes, trees, parked vehicles, etc.) and your ability to stop if needed. A good guideline is 20-25 km/hr but slower could be required.


When scanning at an uncontrolled intersection we look for you to move your head in each direction the road intersects, peripheral vision is not adequate.


Reading the Road

Driving is not just keeping the vehicle between the lines and off the sidewalks, driving is also reading the road ahead so you balance safety with traffic follow. Roads will give you clues as to what kind of road you are driving.


Roads with painted lines indicating dedicated lanes (dotted white lines) are typically considered a major roadway.


Roads with just a yellow line indicate two- way traffic and are typically considered a main roadway. Remember if from the yellow line to the curb is wide enough for 2 vehicles to drive side by side the roadway is a 4 lane road. Consider the curb lane a travel lane that we allow other vehicles to park in.


Roads without any painted lines typically indicate a residential roadway.


Speed

We don't mind if you go 1-4 km/hr over the speed limit. If you go 5-9km/hr over the speed limit you will be penalized, 10km/hr or more over the speed limit and you will fail. That can go for going too slow as well but we do take in consideration the road conditions.


Parallel Parking

You are given three attempts to successfully complete your parking as long as you don't climb the curb or hit the vehicle your parking behind. You are also given three maneuvers to get the vehicle in the proper position (50cm). A good guide for distance would be using the gutter of the road is 30cm. If you lineup the right side of your vehicle with the right side of the vehicle in front, you should be the same distance from the curb as that vehicle (make sure it is within 50cm).


Hill Parking

Make sure wheels physical touch curb


Dr. Lu- (D-downhill r- right/L-left u-uphill)


Moving to the curb and when pulling away from the curb is a lane change so signal and shoulder check


Traffic Lights

Watch- Walk/Don't Walk


To help you judge if the light is about to change, watch the Walk/Don't Walk indicator. If the Walk is showing then the light is staying green. If the Don't Walk is flashing then the light is changing soon. If the Don't Walk is not flashing the light is changing to amber very soon.


Class 6

Hand signals are good riding practice but not required on the road test, so don't try to impress me by using them unless you feel confident


Class 3

  • Pre-trip walk around does not include looking under the hood
  • Bring a hammer to test the tires
  • Using the clutch is not required to make a shift as long as you make the shift.
  • We will give you (3) attempts to complete the back-up successfully as long as you do not curb the vehicle.
  • When performing the back-up you are allowed to adjust the vehicle by pulling ahead the length of the tractor.

Class 2

  • Pre-trip walk around does not include looking under the hood

Class 1

  • Pre-trip walk around does not include looking under the hood
  • Bring a hammer to test the tires
  • Using the clutch is not required to make a shift as long as you make the shift.
  • We will give you (3) attempts to complete the back-up successfully as long as you do not curb the vehicle.
  • When performing the back-up you are allowed to adjust the vehicle by pulling ahead the length of the tractor.

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