Guelph has now proven to be one of the most difficult places to get your license in Ontario. It has been found that one in three applicants fail their driving test in Guelph, making them the eighth hardest place to get your learner’s license and the thirteenth hardest for passing G2. The ministry of transportation put the figure at 37% failure rate, which has potential candidates worried. Not only do they have a one in three chance of failing, if they fail they won’t be able to retake their test for some time.
A lot of candidates are giving their test in distant locations which have easier pass rates, but that’s not really feasible for everyone. There are lots of people who have no option but to pass their test from Guelph, no matter the failure rates. So for those of you giving your Guelph road test, your best bet would be to go to a driving school in Guelph where you can practice and learn all the theory needed to pass.
Not every driving school is equal, and some schools can pass their candidates easily while others make it pretty difficult to pass. Some are also pretty bad at teaching you how to drive so check the place you want to enroll in. This could be through word of mouth or it could be through online reviews. Look at a school you think is good for you and then join in. Once you’ve gotten the hang of driving, these pointers should help you pass your driving test:
- Things to do before you start the car
When you’re in a driving test, you’ll be judged for everything you do inside the car. A rookie mistake is to just turn on the engine and start driving. There are a bunch of things you have to do before you can turn the key to your engine. You’ll have to buckle yourself in, turn off any stereo or radio, adjust your mirror, check your turn signal etc. Once you’ve done all of that, you can rev up your engine and get driving.
- Speed limits
If you mess up the speed limit, you’ll definitely fail. So keep a close eye and make sure you’re always just under the limit. Don’t be too under, because that’s dangerous. Try to keep it just a little under, maybe a few kilometers per hour below the limit.
- Stop signs
You can’t just stop abruptly in front of a stop sign. You’ll be penalized for harsh brakes. You’ll be judged on how smoothly you can break. Look for the stop sign from a distance and then slowly decelerate so that you come to a gentle stop before the sign.
Before you make a turn, activate your turn signals. Even if you are going in a turning lane, it’s a good thing to have on, especially in a driving test. When you are making turns, make sure you check all directions for any incoming traffic. You can’t be too slow or too fast, you’ll be penalized for both. So keep a steady pace and be on the lookout for any vehicles near you.
- Parking brake
One part of your driving test will be to park uphill or downhill. In this case, you’ll have to position your car in the right place and then use the emergency brake to park. If you are downhill, your wheels should face the left side of the curb. If you are parked uphill, they should face the right. Before you start your car again, make sure you release the emergency brake.
If you follow these tips, you will surely ace your Guelph road test. Just practice before the big day.