Learn to drive with confidence and be comfortable behind the wheel. iPass, London's only CAA-Approved Driving School, is committed to teaching beginner drivers the skills they need to navigate the road safely and securely.
The Ministry of Transportation-Approved CAA How To Drive beginner's course includes a total of 40 hours of training:
Candidates are required to complete all classroom modules, in-car sessions and homelink assignments and to achieve a final grade of 75 per cent in both classroom and in-car exams before obtaining certification.
The biggest benefits of this program is producing a safe and confident driver, with the ability to assess and manage risks on the roadways. Of course there are other advantages:
Because of school I've had to go through a few in-car instructors before I was ready to take the G2 test (G1 exit road test). Carmel was by FAR the best I ever had, you can tell he obviously cares about whether or not his students become safe drivers and that, I think, was the key to me passing the road test. He showed me that the most important thing about driving is that you stay safe while doing it and that's what the examiners are always looking for when they're marking you. Thanks so much Carmel! I'll definitely be coming back to your school when it comes time for me to get my G!
— Susan Igidi
*$15 Ontario certification fee included.
1. MSB. Mirror, signal and blind spot is like the miracle pill that cures all diseases of bad driving. Expand to see more...
The three should always be used together when you signal. It’s like ordering Chinese food, you need to do this as a combo. But it’s MSB, not MSG. You need to do MSB every time before you pull out, pull over, three-point turns, every turn, hill parking, parallel parking, and virtually every time before you turn the steering wheel. The mirror I refer to here is the rear mirror and forget about the side mirror if you find checking them too demanding.
2. Scan M-L-R-L-M. At every intersection, whether it is controlled or not, whether you have the green or red, whether you have the stop sign or not, you need to first check the rear mirror, scan left-right-left, BEFORE you enter the intersection. Check the mirror again after you finish crossing. This is called "aggressive visual search."
3. Do not straddle the lanes. Visually align your right shoulder with the centre of the lane and you will be right on.
4. Look backward if you are reversing. Do not rely on the mirror, look directly backward when you are backing up in three-point-turns or parallel parking.
5. Fresh or stale green? Observe the pedestrian walk signal at traffic lights. If its “Walk”, it is considered to be a fresh green and you can just proceed with your L-R-L scan. But if its flashing red or red, it is considered to be a stale green, you need to have your foot covering the brake until you are at the point of no return, commonly known as the stop line.
6. Speed. Drive to the posted speed limit or traffic conditions, whichever is lower. Driving too slow will definitely fail you.
7. Legal stopping positions. Stop fully at least once at the legal stopping position. At a stop sign, this does not necessarily mean at the stop sign. If there is a line, stop behind the line; in the absence of the line, behind the inner edge of the side walk; and if there is no side walk, at the edge of the road.
8. Left turns at traffic lights. One car only in the waiting area of a left turn on a regular green light. Car No. 2 will have to wait behind the line until Car No. 1 is clear.
9. Park brake. Use the hand brake or emergency brake at hill parking, parallel parking, road side stops, and at the end of the road test. You dad may tell you he never used it and it may cease. Well, have it fixed before taking your car to the road test.
10. Do not hit or climb the curb when parallel parking. I purposely put this as No. 10 as parking is not the most important thing at the road test. Otherwise, it would have been called the parking test. ...Collapse
Parallel parking has always been perceived as one of the most difficult tasks at road tests. Expand to see more...
Parallel parking has always been perceived as one of the most difficult tasks at road tests. In fact, when many approached us for help to prepare for their road tests, they would say they already knew how to drive, but just didn’t know how to park.
Truth of the matter is parking is not the most important element in the road test. Hardly anybody gets killed or injured in a bad parking. However, bad turns and bad lane changes will definitely qualify drivers as dangerous. Had parking been the “only thing” at the road test, the examination would have been called ParkingTest instead of DriveTest centres in Ontario.
If you can do a mediocre job in parking, and do flawless turns and lane changes, you will most likely pass the road test. However, if you can manage to do a perfect park, but make bad turns and dangerous lane changes, you will definitely fail the road test.
The one thing is if you climb or hit the curb at parallel parking, you will definitely fail the test. How to avoid climbing the curb? Go buy a stick-on convex mirror and stick it on your right side mirror. Use what I call the “cheating mirror” instead of other other cars as your guide. They also expect you to complete the whole parking exercise in 12-15 seconds. So if it is taking you more time to complete the task, you better practise more using the diagrams on the right as guidelines. ...CollapseRead the full article with diagram
The examiners are adjusting the routes from time to time to deal with the traffic situation as well as keeping the distributions to residents in the neighbourhood to a minimum. Students and parents alike are very keen in finding out what the test routes are like.
I have to emphasize that trying to find out about the route just to pass the exam is a very unwise and dangerous move. Examiners have the discretion to change the route anytime to best judge the driving ability of each candidate. Drivers who live in London should have the ability to comfortably and safely drive all roads in the city. I'd also discourage following any vehicles in examination to find out about the route. If you were a candidate in a road test, imagine how annoying it is to be tailgated by another learner. So please just don't do it.
After interviewing students who had successfully passed the road test on the new route, I am able to point out some of the important points candidates can prepare themselves for the exam. Unlike the previous previous test centre on Exeter Road, the new route does not require the candidates to drive on 70 or 80 km/h roads.
Speed limit There is so not the stress of speeding up to 80 km/h, do a quick lane change and then prepare for a left turn at the traffic lights. That was the part many candidates found very challenged on the old route. However, the new route will see more lane changes within short distances, in particular after leaving the test centre and left turns at traffic lights. Candidates are expected to move over on their own to the right lane after those turns. Many students find this hard especially if the car following in the turn would drive directly into the right lane, blocking your chance to do the move over. More training in this manoeuver would certainly better prepare a candidate for the test.
Previous three-point turns or backing, hill parking and sometimes parallel parking were often performed in a relatively quiet industrial area. These technical manoeuvers are now done on a residential street. Candidates lacking these skills will find themselves delaying traffic, thus adding more stress during the test.
This test is not just about parking There are also less parked cars in the area for parallel parking and candidates may have to return to the parking lot and do a back-in stall parking. If you don't know how to reverse park by now, you better learn it. I have to emphasize that the road test is not just about parking and in fact parking only carries a very small weight in the whole test. If parking is so important, the exam would have been called "Parking Test" instead of "Drive Test".
There may also be fewer parked cars in the area for parallel parking and candidates may have to return to the parking lot and do a back-in stall parking. If you don't know how to reverse park by now, you better learn it. I have to emphasize that the road test is not just about parking and in fact parking only carries a very small weight in the whole test. If parking is so important, the exam would have been called "Parking Test" instead of "Drive Test".
Please respect the privacy of the neighbours. Learning how to park and doing three-point turns are the same at any location. So please refrain from repeating your practice in the neighbourhood near the test route. Residents there are already putting up with extra test traffic. So please do not keep practising your parking in front of their houses. The last you want to see in London is an order that would restrict student drivers within a 2 km radius of the test centre.
Over all, the new test route is a little bit easier for new drivers who are afraid of high speeds. But drivers lacking good visual habits and observation skills will become more apparent. One good thing about the new location is it's now accessible by public transit on a time-limited basis. You can catch the Newbold bus (Route 30) at White Oaks Mall in the morning or mid-afternoon to travel to the "Ice House". There are also several fast food restaurants nearby. Good luck with your road test. ...Collapse
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