In Canada, the requirements for getting a driver license vary in each province and territory. For instance, In Ontario, you need a G2 license while in Manitoba you have to go through the MPI regulations to get your license. However, even if the requirements are different from province to province, the examiners usually check the same thing. To do that, the examiner will test your patience and skills to the limit by checking how you follow traffic rules and regulations and how you react to normal situations on the road. Eventually, it all comes down to the crucial things you remember on the G2 road test and how you choose to act. It is usually the smallest things that people forget that cause them to fail a driving test. Don’t listen to that voice in your head! Instead, remember to follow the following things and you will be just fine.
1 - Calm your nerves
Remembering everything will not help if you forget to calm your nerves. There are many cases of people who have failed the G2 road test just because they panicked. Got a headache before the test? Feeling restless? Is your heart beat too fast? Are you sweating a lot? Are your hands shaking? Those are some of the symptoms of feeling nervous before the road test. If you can’t help it but feel nervous, work on effective ways to calm yourself down. Since nervousness is usually an illusion of the mind, try to lower your stress levels and get it in your head that it is just a road test. Don’t overthink! If you start to panic while driving, take gasps of deep breaths. However, if you do have a medical condition that causes you extreme nervousness, you should check up with your physician prior to the G2 road test.
2 - Take your time when parking
Parallel parking is not an easy maneuver to master but doing it too quickly will make you lose points. Even drivers who have been behind the wheel for years take their time when it comes to parallel parking. If by chance you’re parking on a hill, don’t forget to use the emergency breaks.
3 - Use the signals
It is better to over-use signals than to underuse them. Don’t just use the signals when you make a turn but also when switching a lane on a highway. Even when you’re stepping into a parking lot space, you should use a signal. Remember the quickest way to fail is making turns without signaling where you’re going.
4 - Check your mirrors
Checking your rearview mirror and side-mirrors from time to time will give the examiner the impression that you’re paying attention to your surroundings. Most importantly, before making any turn or hitting the brakes suddenly, remember to check your surroundings through your rearview and side mirrors. After checking out the mirrors, don’t forget to watch over your shoulders especially at a junction. By no means should you make the mistake of reverse-parking without scanning the mirrors.
5 - Don’t tailgate
To avoid tail-gating, make sure it takes you at least 3 seconds to pass through the same objects as the car in front of you. However, 3 seconds distance is not standard and if there is a high-speed momentum, the distance could be a little bit longer. Moreover, you should give more distance to the car in front during an episode of bad weather.
6 - Be smooth on the brakes and acceleration
Nobody likes to be driven around by a driver who doesn’t seem to be confident behind the wheel. Making the car shake like it is sneezing will make matters even worse. Avoid hitting the brakes suddenly when you come to a stop sign. Instead, you should slowly ease off on the acceleration as you gradually approach a routine stop sign. While you’re driving, remember to keep a constant pace on the road and only increase or reduce speed when necessary.
7 - Don’t ask for advice
The person administering the test is not there to train you how to drive. The examiner is there to evaluate you on what you have learned a few weeks prior to the G2 road test. Sure, the examiner can tell you what to do in certain predicaments especially in emergency situations but it will most likely result in a fail. Furthermore, you had weeks to prepare and asking for advice will make the examiner think you’re not ready to drive alone. The best you can do is ask the invigilator to repeat instructions if you did not grasp them clearly.
8 - Obey the speed limit
One of the biggest mistakes you can make on a driving test is surpassing the speed limit. Not to mention you will be breaking the law and putting yourself at a risk of getting pulled over by the traffic police. Sure, most modern cars don’t feel like it when you’re over speeding but the examiner will hear none of it. Even going below the speed limit is not accepted. All you have to do is to know the speed limit and consistently check the speed limit to stay in line. It is that simple.
9 - Inspect your car prior to a G2 road test
It is embarrassing to bring your car to the meetup point only to be told to go back and fix your car. A minor setback like a missing windshield wiper can get your road test cancelled. But you can avoid such a situation if you inspect your car before the G2 road test. Remember your car must be in perfect condition.