The quick study guide to passing your Toronto driving test

Before Your Road Test

  • Practice practice practice. Being comfortable behind the wheel is one of the best ways to prepare for your test. Practice in the vehicle that you will take to your road test. Be comfortable and know the ins and outs of the car that your will be doing the test with. Empty parking lots make a great practice location. Find a deserted office complex on the weekend to do this.
  • Master the key parking skills.  Parallel parking, parking uphill, parking downhill, driving into and reversing into a parking spot.
  • Master 2 and 3 point turns. It will certainly be on the test.
  • Familiarize yourself with the testing area.  Spend time driving around the location of the testing site so you are comfortable with the area

Driving test – Tips for the Night Before

  • Make sure your car meets safety standards.Your car will be checked prior to the test. Make sure that all the lights work (i.e. headlights, brake lights, blinkers, etc) Also test the turn signal, wipers, lights, defrost, emergency brake, horn and hazard light. Tires should be inflated properly and in good condition.
  • Adjust your mirrors to your preferences. Someone else might have driven the car recently and will likely have different mirror settings 

Driving Test – Vehicle tips

  • Take a vehicle that you are comfortable driving and that you have had plenty of practice in.It is always easiest to pass your test in an automatic. If you plan on driving a manual, wait until after the test.
  • Make sure that you understand the controls of the vehicle that you take to the test.  For example you should know how to easily turn the headlights on and off. If it starts to rain, use your wipers and if it stops raining, turn them off. Using the car’s controls properly will help to show that you are confident on the road and ready to have your driver’s license.
  • Adjust your mirrors and then leave them there.  Make sure that you don’t adjust or move your mirrors during the test.

Driving test – common reasons people fail

  • Not wearing your seatbelt.  Put it on as soon as you get in the car
  • Not paying attention.  Watch for school zones or other areas where the speed limit might be reduced. Obey all road signs
  • Not holding onto the steering wheel with both hands
    • Hands at 10 and 2 on the steering wheel
    • Don’t let the go of the wheel when you are turning
  • Stopping too close to the vehicle in front. You should be able to see the tires of the car in front of you.
  • Crossing solid lines.
  • Speeding – exceed the limit is a sure way to fail. Monitor your speedometer
    • Driving to far under the limit is also bad
    • Drive to maintain a constant speed and not change speeds too often if possible
  • Breaking any other laws. This should be obvious

Other tips

  • Pay attention to who arrives first at an intersection with a stop sign.
  • Try to stay in the right lane as much as possible.
  • Change lanes only when you are certain that it is safe. Your tester might ask you to change lanes, don’t do this until it is safe.
  • Look over your shoulder when backing up.
  • Use your turn signals. Turn on your your turn signal plenty of time before you turn.
  • Turn into the correct lane
    • On a right turn, turn into the lane that is the furthest right.
    • On a left turn, turn into the lane that is the furthest left.
  • Check your blind spot when changing lanes.
  • Use your mirrors – make sure the tester sees you do this
  • Complete stop at all stop signs or red lights . Never make a rolling stop. wait at least 2 or 3 seconds before you start moving again.
  • Know how do use the emergency brake
  • Signal before every motion on a 3 point turn



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