The time has finally come. You spent hours looking over the guide for new drivers. You passed the knowledge test from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC). You practiced your skills on the road – always with a passenger in the front seat. And now you are ready to take that road test and get a licence of your own.
But wait, let us give you some pointers first, so you are even better prepared for your Class 7 or Class 5 road test.
1. Review traffic laws and driving theory.
We know what you’re thinking – but I already passed the written test. While you don’t have to answer questions directly about driving principles, you will need to follow signs and make the right choices on the road. So it’s a good idea to brush up your knowledge.
Review the Learn to Drive Smart guide, or try a practice quiz from the ICBC.
2. Get a lot of practice.
Practice in the area where you’ll be taking the test in the car you’ll be driving in. It’s advised that you take an ICBC-approved driver training course, where an instructor can give you feedback and further guidance on your driving. North Shore Driving School offers a Graduated Licensing Program (GLP) that includes both classroom and in-vehicle training. Finish the course and you may even be able to take your Class 7 test sooner.
3. Make sure your car is safe.
Before you begin the test, your instructor will look over your car and make sure that it passes a basic safety check. Any of these items could prevent you from taking the test, so examine your car and correct any of these common problems beforehand:
- No licence or insurance for the vehicle
- Broken or malfunctioning brake lights, signal lights, or headlights
- Cracked windshield
- Seatbelts that are not working
- Horn that is not working
- Unsafe tires
- Empty gas tank
4. Pay attention during the test and remember the small things.
- Adjust your seat, mirrors, etc., before you go in for the test so you are comfortable.
- Wear your seatbelt.
- Keep your hands on the wheel.
- Listen to your examiner. He or she will give you plenty of time to make turns or switch lanes.
- Pay attention to road signs. The test could include highways and different kinds of intersections.
- If you are taking the Class 5 road test, it will be a little more challenging.
Finally, don’t stress. We know you can ace this test. If you would like additional training, call 604-988-1138 and find out how North Shore Driving School in Vancouver, BC can help you succeed!