How to ace a driving test

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Whether you’re a young driver eager to get your license, or a mature driver taking a road test for the first time, getting behind the wheel while being evaluated can be daunting. 

Here are a few ways in which you can prepare for your driving test:

Enrol in driving school
While driving classes are optional, they are highly-recommended as a way to prepare for your road test and to set you up for a lifetime of safe — and law-abiding — driving.

Benefits include:

  • Better understanding of roadway and motor-vehicle safety
  • A more comprehensive understanding of the rules of the road
  • Practice for the road test (led by a trained professional) 
  • The ability to take your road test 8 months after course completion (versus 12 months without)
  • Lower insurance rates

Get a copy of the MTO’s driver’s handbook

Access an online of the Ministry of Transportation’s Driver’s Handbook here. It will help you to study for your G1 driver’s license, test your knowledge, and prepare for your road test.

Driving test pass sign

Practice. Practice. Practice.
The only way to put what you learn on paper into practice is by getting behind the wheel. Ask a friend or family member to accompany you and to offer their support and expertise. 

Start off easy with quiet side streets without much traffic. And remember to practice parking, both in parking lots and parallel parking on the street. As you build your confidence, try venturing out onto busier thoroughfares with more complex situations such as pedestrian and cyclist traffic. 

Quick tips for the driving test:

  • Do a 360° check your vehicle’s exterior (for flat tires, etc.) before entering
  • Wear your seatbelt
  • Never disobey the posted speed limits 
  • Check your mirrors often (side and rear view) 
  • Stay alert and continually monitor your surroundings
  • Keep both hands on the wheel at the 10 and 2 o’clock position
  • Use the parking brake
  • Watch other drivers movements and be ready to drive defensively 
  • Take a deep breath and do your best!

Good luck on your driving test!

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