Top 10 Tips for Passing Your Road Test
A lot of people are so nervous before taking their road test to get their driver’s licenses, which is really quite unnecessary. If you have done your homework, practiced and are fully prepared, you should have no problem passing your road tests. Some people try to use different tricks they may have learned, but the best way to pass is to just be prepared.
Must-Know Road Test Tips
Get training and lots of practice
Before you are ready for your road test, there are all kinds of things that you are going to have to learn about. It is probably best if you take some sort of driver training, which is going to really help to prepare you, not only for the road test, but also for the rest of your life as a licensed driver.
Before you start the car
Everything you do while you are in the vehicle is going to be watched and judged by the person testing your driving skills. Before you even start up the car, there are a few things that you will need to do. You will need to adjust your mirrors. Make sure the radio or stereo is turned off (not just down low). Buckle your seatbelt. Check signal lights to make sure they work. These are all things that are going to be looked for.
Always obey posted speed limits
Once you are on the road, you must make sure that you are paying close attention to your speed, and that you are not going over the posted speed limit for the roads you are on. This is something that could very easily cause you to fail your road test, and you will have to wait for a specific amount of time before you can re-take it. On the other hand, it is also dangerous if you drive too slowly, so a good rule of thumb is to keep just under the limit, no more than five kilometres per hour.
Use your parking brake
You will be asked to park your vehicle on hills, both uphill and downhill. Make sure that once you have the vehicle where it should be and you have put it in park that you put on the emergency brake. Your wheels should be pointed to the left of the curb if you are facing uphill, and to the right if you are going downhill. Take your time to get it right. You and the person testing you are not in any hurry, and it is best to make sure that you are doing everything right. Just remember to release the emergency brake before you start to pull away for the rest of your road test.
Stopping at stop signs
You really don’t want to just slam onto the brakes when you approach a stop sign. You should be able to see the sign from a good distance away, which will provide you with plenty of time to begin slowing down so that you are able to come to a complete and gentle stop at the sign or red light. If you are just slamming on the brakes, your tester will take points away, and the more points you lose, the less likely it is that you will pass your road test.
Using your turn signals
Any time you are making a right or left turn, you must use your turn signals, and if you do not, you will lose points on your road test. Some driving instructors may tell you that you do not need signals if you are already in a turning lane, but it is still a good idea to always use them, especially during your driver’s road test.
Obviously, you must use your turn signals, but there are also other steps you must take when making right or left turns. You must look carefully in all directions to make sure there is no oncoming traffic. Slow down so that you can make the turn safely, but don’t go too slowly either. You can lose points for going both too fast and too slow, so just keep it steady, and just slow down enough for the turns, speeding up when you complete the turn.
This is something that terrifies most driving students, and even those who have been driving for many years. It is a great idea to have driver training, where you will learn the proper way to parallel park. You must be a meter from the back of the car in front, and from the front of the car behind you. Always be looking behind you when you are backing up. Don’t just use your mirrors, because they are not as reliable as your own eyes. You will have to turn your head as you are parallel parking if you want to be able to see exactly where you are and how much space you have to manoeuvre.
You will be required to change lanes at different times during your road test, and there are certain steps that the tester is going to be looking to make sure you are taking. Always check the rear-view mirror and your blind spots before you even put your signal light on. Make sure there are no vehicles in your way before changing lanes, and then merge slowly into the other lane.
Even though you know what you are doing when you are behind the wheel, you have no idea of what other drivers are going to do. You must anticipate their moves ahead of time, which is much easier to do if you are always watching what is happening on both sides of the road. Your tester is going to be looking for this.
If you follow the above tips, you should have absolutely no problems at all passing your road test, and you will be on your way to becoming a fully licensed driver.
Andrei Zakhareuski is the founder of Find-a-driving-school.ca. He has been writing for beginner Canadian drivers for several years.
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