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Frequently asked questions

FAQs

I already have my G1. I don't need the classroom, right?

Almost everyone attending our Beginner Driver Education program already has a G1, and for those who don't they must get it before they can start their in-car training. The 20 hours of classroom sessions are not about teaching you how to pass the Ontario written test. We spend a lot of time discussing scenarios that may impact you in day-to-day driving and we use different teaching materials to make it easy to remember. If you just want driving lessons, but don't have the knowledge, you will end up spending a lot more hours behind the wheel.

I already know how to drive, can I buy a certificate from you?

No. The certification is not for sale. You must complete the 40 hours of beginner driver education training and pass our internal written and road examinations before you can obtain certification. The Ministry of Transportation also stipulates that both the classroom and in-car portions be delivered by the same approved driving school.

Can you guarantee my passing?

Unfortunately we can't. And we won't offer any such service in the future either. Schools offering such services are taking advantage of students who are afraid to pass. The ploy is you pay them a lot of money up front, but they will teach you as they wish. In theory, you can take as many lessons as you want, but the catch is only if they can give you the time. You also have to pay extra each time you use their car for the road test. They will keep sending to you try for the test, the more you fail, the more they profit.

Some schools boast a 98-99% passing rate. What is yours?

We don't use passing rate as a benchmark. It's unsafe. Most of our students will pass their road tests if we tell them they are ready. I don't know how the other schools come up with their numbers. Why don't you ask them? The provincial passing rate is between 50 and 60 per cent. Statistically, it is impossible to have a 98-99% passing rate. If our instructor says you are not ready, the odds of you passing are slim. Remember, it's not instructor nor the examiner who passes you. It's you who will have to make it a pass. If the examiner fails you, you must have done something really wrong and the failure is meant to protect you and other road users. How terrible it would be if you were to luck out at the exam but fail at the intersection.

Can my parent sit in on the car training?

Our insurance policy stipulates that only the instructor and the student can be in the vehicle during the in-car sessions. No exception. In fact, if a third party is present during your driving session, it's a distraction.

I already know how to drive. Do you rent cars for the road test?

We are not in the car rental business. As an optional service to our students, we provide instruction vehicles for road tests, but you must learn how to drive from us first. You may have driving experiences from other countries, but you still need to learn how to drive Ontario's roadways. A couple hours of remedial training are usually what is needed.

I'm a good driver, I just need parking. Can you just teach me that?

You just told me you don't know how to drive, how can you be a good driver? Can you imagine if someone can fly an airplane, but don't know how to land, would you call the flier a pilot? Having said that, parking is not the most important thing at the exam. In fact, if parking is so important, the exam wouldn't have been called Drive Test. It would have been called Parking Test. Yes we will teach you how to park, but we must focus more on safe driving first.

I have an international driving licence. Can I start my driving lesson now?

The International Driving Permit is not a driving licence. It's only a document that verifies your home country's driver's licence. If you want to learn how to drive in Ontario, you must first obtain a G1 learner's licence unless you are a holder of a driving license eligible to exchange for an Ontario licence under a bilateral treaty.

Do you use a driving simulator?

Computers used to simulate driving is not a requirement under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act. In fact, we have not found a simulator that can meet driving experiences applicable to Ontario's roadway needs. A simulator is not useful unless the user is accompanied by a licensed instructor. If this is the case, would you rather be behind the wheel inside the car than sitting in front of a computer screen?

I'm really busy. Can I just learn in the evenings or weekends?

Do you want a licence that would only allow you to drive in the evenings or on weekends? If not, you better learn how to drive under different traffic pattens. We are only asking for 10 hours of your time behind the wheel. If you don't have the 10 hours, you may want to defer learning until you have the time. The classroom portion, however, is mostly offered on the weekends or in the evenings. You must take the modules in sequential orders.

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