Getting your driver’s license and passing your driving test can be quite stressful. Many people in Canada fail every year, for various reasons, and when you think of that – it’s easy to become scared and mess things up when the time comes.
But, the reality is, you don’t have to worry about anything. If you have taken your time to practice and study, there is little to no chance of you not passing the test. However, even if you’re prepared, there is no harm in having a few tricks up your sleeve. So, on that note, we’re going to give you a few tips and pointers on how you can pass your driving test in Canada.
1. Study And Practice Hard
The key to passing any test, including a driving test, is preparing for it. Nothing else matters as much as adequate preparation. You will have a lot of time on your hands before you go out to take the road test, so use that time wisely. Study and practice as much as you can. This way, you will be prepared for anything that might come your way. If you need help finding the practice tests or questions, click here – it’ll help.
You can always take driver training before you go out and hit the road, and if we’re being honest, you should probably do this. This will help you hone your skills and improve your chances of passing the test by a lot. Also, it is important to have proper training before you become a licensed driver, so you don’t have to “learn as you go” but actually feel confident behind the wheel once you get your license.
2. Calm Down
Before you begin the test – you have to clear your mind. The last thing you’d want is your nerves getting the best of you. A little bit of nervousness can go a long way, as it will help you be more cautious and probably prevent some mistakes, but also, if you’re too nervous to think straight – you will make a lot of mistakes, and that will inevitably lead to you failing the driver’s test. Therefore, take your time to calm down. Meditate, breathe or listen to some calming music and remember – a calm head goes a long way.
3. Inspect The Car And Go Through The “Routine”
Before entering the car, it is important that you “check all the boxes”. Your every move will be watched by the instructor or the person testing your driver skills, so you can forget about any of these. Before you sit in front of the wheel, do a lap around the car and see if everything’s good. Visually inspect the tires, or give them a light tap to check if they’re good. They will most certainly be in good condition, but it’s important that you show that you know what you’re doing.
Then, once you enter the vehicle and before you start it up, you also have to do a couple of things. First up, adjust the mirrors. Next up, check the radio and make sure it’s turned off. Check the turn signals, and finally, buckle yourself up. Once you do all that – you’re ready to roll.
4. Drive Near The Speed Limit
There’s no room for speeding on the road, so make sure you always pay close attention to how fast you’re going – you know your instructor will. There will be signs on the road that will inform you just how fast you can drive, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled. If you even so slightly surpass the speed limit – you’re going to fail. That’s inevitable.
However, another thing to keep in might is that you shouldn’t drive too slow, as that will also impact both traffic and your chances of passing. Just like speeding, dragging yourself across the road is not something you should do. Your safest bet is to drive near the speed limit. Stay around 5 km/h under the limit, and you’ll be golden.
5. Mind The Signs
The signs by the road have a clear purpose, and it’s your job to pay close attention to them. One of the tell-tale signs that you haven’t been paying attention would be if you just slap the breaks when you near the stop sign, and for that – you’re going to lose precious points, not to mention you might cause an accident. So, to prevent that or something even worse from happening, keep your eyes on the road and on the signs and just do what you have to do.
6. Always Use Your Turn Signals
Even though there are instances where you could get by without signaling that you’re going to make a turn, you should always use them when taking a driver’s test. Sure, you might be in a turning lane, but it would be a good idea for you to use them nevertheless, solely to show your instructor you know all the rules and you know how to implement them. If you want, you may even talk to your instructor as you’re doing so and tell them that you’re aware that you don’t really need them, but you still fancied to use them.
7. Keep Both Hands On The Steering Wheel
A road test is not a time to be showing off. Just because you’re confident behind the wheel does not mean you get to drive with one hand on the wheel and another one on the stick. Keep your hands at ten and two or nine and three, and only remove them when you absolutely have to!
8. Drive Carefully
No matter how confident you are in your abilities and knowledge, you can’t be too sure of others. Whenever you are in traffic, you have to account for other drivers, as well. Sometimes, that means expecting and anticipating their next move before they even do it. Naturally, those instincts will develop over time, so until they do, and especially during the driver’s test – drive carefully. Don’t take your eyes off the road or the other vehicles, watch how they behave and act accordingly.
We hope you’ve found these tips useful. We sure do feel like they’re good, and we’re pretty certain that if you follow our tips, you’re going to pass the test with flying colors and become Canada’s next licensed driver.