Tips for passing your driving test.

Don’t assume that your mistakes are critical.

Don’t assume that you have failed the test every time you notice a mistake. Most faults are minor, and will not make you fail. Keep going and stay confident.

There are two types of faults in a road test.

  • Minor faults – These are simple mistakes you make that do not pose an immediate danger to you or other road users. You can accumulate up to 14 minor mistakes without failing the road test.
  • Serious faults – These mistakes pose an immediate danger to you and other drivers. Going through a stop sign for example. Serious mistakes lead to an instant fail.

Brake gently

A common reason candidates miss points on a driving test is aggressive braking. It is good practice to slowly apply pressure as you approach. This way, you will have ample time to come to a smooth stop. Look well ahead of your vehicle to spot potential hazards such as erratic drivers, bicycles or pedestrians, and give yourself enough time to react without aggressive breaking.

Check your surrounding when reversing.

Although most modern vehicles come with backup camera technology, their use is not allowed in the official road test. You will be required to cover the screen or disable the system during your driving test. With this in mind, it is vital to observe your surroundings before you start reversing or while steering the vehicle into your destination. If the instructor feels that your movements are not obvious and predetermined, you might lose some points during your test.

Practice behind the wheel as often as you can

There is no substitute for getting into the real business of sitting behind the wheel for real-life practice. Get an experienced and qualified driver to accompany you as your supervisor. Driving practice in different situations will build your confidence and driving skill.

Driving Test Canada - Frequently Asked Questions

Is the driving test hard?

No, a driving test is not hard. To successfully take a driving test, candidates are encouraged to study the driving manual. Studying the manual will come in handy for the written test and enforce what you learned for the practical test. As much as your driving test might be a deal, don’t be extremely harsh on yourself and panic; relax and take your test with confidence.

How many times can you fail a driving test?

Candidates must wait 48 hours to take another test if they fail any part of the driving test. Candidates who have failed the driving test three times are required to take and pass the driver improvement program before getting their driving license.

Can you take your g1 written test online?

Yes, some Drive Test locations allow candidates to take the G1 written test online, so it is vital to check whether your selected test location provides for the G1 online test.

How many serious faults are allowed in a driving test?

You are not allowed any serious fault in the driving test. A serious fault is something that endangers other drivers or yourself, for example running a red light.  It is also important to note that if you commit more than four minor faults in one area of the test, it is considered a serious fault leading to a fail.

What is an automatic fail on a driving test?

An automatic fail occurs when the instructor has to intervene at any point. Examiners intervene in situations they feel the candidate is in danger of getting into an accident. Automatic fails occur when you make a serious fault.

How many driving test faults are allowed?

Candidates are allowed up to 15 minor faults. Anything more than that is a fail. Getting four minor faults in one section of the test is also considered a serious fault which is a fail. You are not allowed any serious faults, which are an automatic fail.

Do you need an appointment for a road test?

Applicants with a flexible schedule do not have to make an appointment for a road test if they are comfortable waiting for the first-come, first-served standby appointments.  Otherwise, appointments are recommended.