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How to Pass Your Driver's Test
The road test is the final step of the driver's license process. Once you have passed your learner's license, next up is your driver's exam. Many students are anxious to take it, but it's crucial to remember that you must demonstrate how safely and competently you can drive. Follow the steps outlined in this article and you could be one step closer to passing your driver's exam!
Get The Required Documents and Permits
- • The learner's permit - This is required before taking a road test in most provinces. The permit allows you to drive with an adult supervisor who must have a valid license. If you're under 18, you'll also need parental consent unless there's no other legal guardian or parent available. To find out how long it takes to obtain a learner's permit in your province, see your province's registry website.
- • Your Social Security number
- • Your birth certificate or Canadian Passport
- • Proof of address
- • Your driver's license receipt, if applying for a new license (if you're under 18, you'll need this even if you don't need to take a road test).
How To Prepare for The Exam and Essential Things to Remember
- • Study the driver's manual thoroughly. It's a good idea to memorize the basic rules of the road and their signs. You should also be familiar with the different types of vehicles, their braking systems, and how they operate.
- • Familiarize yourself with the rules of the road. The best way to memorize, and create muscle memory is through practicing driving.
- • Know how to drive defensively. Even if you pass your test, there will always be other drivers who don't follow traffic laws or obey signs correctly. It's essential to know how to react when someone cuts you off or merges without using a turn signal.
- • Make sure you can parallel park safely before going for your road test. The examiner will ask you to do this as part of your exam, so it's best not to mess up on your first try!
- • Remember that you must take a written exam before being allowed on the road with an examiner. Note: having passed all written tests does not automatically make you ready for driving solo. Safety first!
General Preparation for The Actual Road Test
Preparing Your Car
- • Make sure your vehicle is in good working condition and meets all driver's test standards (be sure to check). If there are any problems, get them fixed before you take your test.
- • Clean out all of the junk from your car. The examiner wants a clear view of everything in front of them while driving with you.
- • Check that there are no loose objects inside the car — especially things that could fall onto the floor while driving or distract the examiner while talking to you during the test.
- • Turn off any loud music so that neither you nor the examiner has to shout at each other during the test.
- • Know how to use all safety features of your vehicle properly.
- • Know how to turn on a vehicle's hazard lights, if necessary, during an emergency.
Last, but not least, good luck!