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Tips, Techniques & Tricks to Pass Your Driver's Test

An overview of the skills you need to pass your driver's test first time.

Tips, Techniques & Tricks to Pass Your Driver's Test First Time

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Summary

The driving examiner's job on a license test is to access your ability to have due care and control of a motor vehicle in changing traffic conditions.

Your job is to take away the driving examiner's right to fail you...nothing less, nothing more.

The key to passing your driver's test and reducing stress is to practice, practice, and then practice some more.

• Before showing up for your license test, do a pre-trip inspection on your vehicle...don't be denied your test because something isn't working - a brake light for example. And if you're going with a driving school, be sure to ask your instructor if s/he did a pretrip inspection

• You must have 2 hands on the steering wheel for the duration of your license test. Exceptions: backing and when shifting gear in a manual car.

• Stop at the correct stopping position at controlled intersections. After coming to a complete stop treat the intersection as a yield to see cross traffic.

• You must shoulder check every time you turn, every time you move the vehicle laterally. And you must shoulder check 2X for every turn and sideways movement.

Every time you park the vehicle on a driver's test, hold the foot brake, put the transmission into PARK, and apply the parking brake - release the foot brake.

• Turn right lane to right lane; left lane to left lane.

• Move immediately back to the right lane after turning left unless the examiner tells you that you are going to be turning left again in the next couple of blocks.

• You must have a scanning pattern in place that repeats every 8-12 seconds, which includes your instrument panel.

• The speed of the vehicle is linked to your scanning pattern.

• Apply the parking brake every time you park the vehicle. Hold the foot brake, apply the parking brake, put the transmission into PARK (1st gear for a manual), release the foot brake.

• Space management is more important than speed control.

If you stop at an intersection so you can see the STOP line, you're too far from the intersection and will be assigned demerits and potentially fail your driver's test.

• Communication is a key component of the driver's license test.

• At minimum be prepared with parallel parking, 3-point turn, and reverse stall parking for your driver's test.

• Know how to turn on the defrost and the windshield wipers for your license test. You must be able to keep the glass clear.

Updated Oct 2020

Closed Caption

Introduction

The smart and the sassy of a driving test.

Driver's License Test Pre-Trip Inspection

Before you show up for your driving test ensure that you do a pre-trip inspection on your vehicle.

You don't want to be denied your test because you have a light out or whatnot that could easily be fixed.

Stopping on left hand turns, steer tires in the front crosswalk line.

When the gap presents itself, start to move forward.

Do a pre-trip inspection on your vehicle before showing up for your driver's test so that you're not denied for something simple - like a brake light not working!

Do not cut off the corner.

You need to turn in the intersection.

Following distance two to three seconds for the purposes of a driving test.

When you show up at the test center in preparation to do your test, back into the parking space.

Driving examiners will deny your road test if you're vehicle doesn't pass their mini pre-trip inspection prior to the driving test.

That way it's going to be a lot easier to get started.

Because the first five minutes you're going to be super nervous.

Steering Wheel Control

All right.

Two hands on the steering wheel for the duration of your test.

Unless you're shifting gears or reversing the vehicle, you must have 2 hands on the steering wheel for the duration of your driver's test.

If you drive your car like this for the duration of your test, you're going to fail.

So, two hands on the steering wheel 10 and two, good following distance, scanning patterns.

So, looking far down the road and check your center mirror.

Far down the road both shoulders and check your wing mirror.

Far down the road check your speed limit.

Okay.

You notice there, I was driving slower than the speed limit 'cause the cars in front of me were going less than the speed limit.

Maintain a 2 to 3 second following distance. When the vehicle in front goes past a fixed object, start counting until you go past the same point.

I was keeping a good following distance of two to three seconds.

Shoulder checking twice for every turn every lane change.

You cannot shoulder check too much, but two for every turn every time you change lanes in the vehicle.

Stopping Positions

Stopping in traffic, stop behind the vehicle in front of you so you can see the tires making clear contact with the pavement.

At controlled intersections, stop before the STOP line. After coming to a complete stop at the correct stopping position, treat the intersection like a YIELD.

Stopping positions at controlled intersections, before the stop line, before the crosswalk or sidewalk.

And if those two conditions don't exist, then at the edge where the two roads meet.

If there isn't a STOP line, and no sidewalk, stop your vehicle just before where the 2 roads meet at the edge of the intersection.

Those are your stopping positions and stopping behind the stop line, up to the stop line, you're preparing to stop at the intersection just as the stop line rolls under the front of the vehicle.

Bring the vehicle to a stop that way you'll be three or four feet back from the white stop line.

If you stop so you can see the stop line when you're stopped at the intersection, you're going to be too far back.


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Turning Right and Left

Right turn, shoulder check, no pedestrians.

Checking, shoulder checking again, proceeding into the right lane.

When turning, turn right lane to right lane and left lane to left lane for both passing a driving test and being a safer, smarter driver.

When you're turning right, right lane to right lane.

When you're turning left, left lane to left lane, and immediately after turning left into the left lane, move over to the right hand lane.

At minimum for the purposes of your driver's test, know how to turn on the windshield wipers and know how to turn on the defrost.

If it's super hot where you live, turn on the air conditioning before you start your road test that way the examiner will be comfortable.

And if you're doing it in the wintertime, ensure that you have the heat on as well.

Be able to turn on the defrost and the windshield wipers at minimum. Keep the glass clear so that you can see and observe.

Right hand turn, shoulder checking.

Scanning shoulder checking, two hands on the steering wheel.

Let the steering wheel come back.

Keep your hands in contact with the steering wheel - that is acceptable.

Scanning Intersections

Scanning intersections left, center, right and left again because that's where traffic is going to come from.

Get into turning and deceleration lanes the instant these begin to be a safer, smarter defensive driver.

And you can see I'm not doing the posted speed limit, which is 30 miles an hour, 50 kilometers an hour in town.

On the highway, it's going to be 80 kilometers an hour or 50 miles an hour.

Every time you park, apply the parking brake.

So, the sequence is apply and hold the foot brake, apply the parking brake, put the transmission into Park and if you're driving standard put it into a first gear.

At minimum be prepared with 3-point turn, parallel parking, and reverse stall parking for the purposes of your driver's test.

Manoeuvres for a Driver's Test

Every time you park the vehicle for the purposes of your road test, you're going to have to be ready with parallel parking, backing into a parking space and three point turns at minimum.

The other slow speed manoeuvres that you could potentially be asked to do are up to the discretion of the examiner.

Parallel parking is the most challenging driving manoeuvre for new drivers.

And right now during COVID-19 know that you're going to have a shorter test and there's less room for error.

Shoulder checking right.

Maintaining my distance, scanning the intersection, shoulder check, turning the steering wheel, keeping my hands in contact.

After turning left be sure to move back to the right lane. Driving examiners will NOT give you this instruction.

Turning Speeds

For the right hand turns, you're going to be going eight to 10 miles an hour, or 10 to 15 kilometers an hour.

Left hand turns, you're going to be doing 15 to 20 miles an hour, maybe even a little bit faster than that depending on how big the intersection is, or you're going to be doing 15 to 30 kilometers an hour.

Green traffic lights mean that you can proceed, IF THE WAY IS CLEAR!

Right turn, stopping behind the stop line, just rolls under the front and we bring the vehicle to a complete stop.

You must have complete stops at intersections, for the purposes of your driving test.

And we move up, we treat the intersection as a yield, nobody coming and we move and we get the vehicle going as quickly as possible.

You will fail your road test if you doddle or you're too cautious.

You drive under the speed limit that is bad as bad as speeding.

At 2-Way STOP signed intersections, the major road has the right-of-way over minor road, straight through traffic over turning traffic, and right turning traffic over left turning traffic.

Shoulder (Head) Checking for Driver's Test

Shoulder checking about approximately half a block, stop behind the stop line, moving forward, scanning, shoulder checking and we can proceed.

You don't have to turn right on a red light for the purposes of a driver's test if you are not comfortable doing it.

You can wait for the green.

You can turn right on a red light after coming to a complete stop and give way to all other road users.

Left shoulder check into the left lane immediately.

And we're good, watching the truck into our lane and proceeding.

Right away at two way stops, major road over minor road, straight through traffic, overturning traffic and right turning traffic over left turning traffic.

Do not confuse two way stops with four way stops where the first person to arrive has the right of way or the person on the right.

And if the traffic is busy at a four way stop, the lanes of traffic will alternate.

Know that 4-WAY STOPS are different than 2-WAY STOPS..

But the same rules apply after the first person who arrive or the person on the right.

Straight through traffic, overturning traffic and left turning traffic over right turning traffic.

Communication is a keystone of any driver's test. In other words, you must communicate effectively with other traffic to remain predictable.

Ways We Commuicate When We're Driving

Ways you communicate for a driver's test.

• It's lights and signals.

Horn, use your horn sparingly because in this day and age, it's a sign of aggression not communication with other drivers.

• Eye contact, pedestrians and cyclists and other vulnerable road users.

• Hand gestures, make sure use all five fingers.

Don't tell them they're number one, especially on a driver's test.

• And finally, the most important way that traffic communicates is the position of your vehicle on the roadway.

Communication, you must communicate effectively with other traffic.

Observation When Driving

Observation left, center, right, left again, scanning the intersection and proceeding.

If your scanning pattern is not in place, you won't be observing your speed limit as often as you should, and you'll creep up over it or creep down and it tells the driving examiner that you don't have a scanning pattern in place.

And that's the smart and the sassy of your driver's test.

Unless signs prohibit you from doing so, back into the parking space at the beginning of driving test so that you can start easy when your stress is at its highest.

For more details in any one of those manoeuvres and how to do left and right turns, change lanes and whatnot, all that's in the description down below.

Check there and find out that information.

And be completely prepared for your driver's test and take away the driving examiners right to fail you.

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Speed control is dependent on your scanning pattern. You must have a scanning pattern that repeats every 8-12 seconds and includes looking at the instrument panel.

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Have a great day, bye now.

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