Nobody wants to make their road test any harder than it already is, but is there such a thing as an "easy" place to pass your test? Are some test centres automatically harder to impress than others?
Although we'd like to think all test centres are equal, it's true that the failure rates of Ontario test centres can vary wildly.
If you're a little bit worried about your test, and nervous when getting behind the wheel, you might be tempted to look for the easiest place to pass and book your test there.
But how do you find out where that is?
It's likely that many of your friends have already taken their test and these are the best people to ask first.
When I was at college, there were many stories doing the rounds about which were the easiest test centres, and conversely, which ones were an absolute nightmare.
The horror stories for one test centre were terrifying.
For one thing, the roads in that area were particularly difficult.
Lots of parked cars, hidden side roads, terrible junctions to navigate, it all added up to a stress-filled time for anyone doing the test.
Also, the examiners had a reputation for being extremely quick to hand out a fail for the slightest rule infringement.
Some would complain that they went beyond that and were especially nasty to the drivers, not putting them at ease at all, instead instilling fear and loathing in them.
Interestingly, this centre had the shortest waiting list, so, after I'd failed my test at one of the apparent easier centres, I booked my second test at this 'difficult' one.
So maybe we should take what others say with a pinch of salt?
The stats don't lie
Luckily, we can do a bit of research and find out which centres fail the most people, and therefore deduce whether we're likely to be making things a little difficult for ourselves by going there.
Luckily for us, APNA Toronto has done all the number crunching here: https://www.apnatoronto.com/road-test-failure-rate/
And it makes for quite shocking reading!
The difference between the lowest and highest failure rates is astonishing.
For example, here are the lowest and highest rated test centres for failures in Ontario:
As you can see, the centre with the lowest failure rate is Kenora with 7%, and the highest is Brampton with 53%!
We could argue why this is so for hours, and still not get a satisfactory answer, but it does show that not all test centres are the same.
It also shows that you should check your local centre on the table before booking, and take their rate into account!
Find out more at : https://bookyourroadtest.com/Sep 05,2018 0
The Written Test
The G1 and M1 written tests are both very similar. There are a few exceptions due to the size and nature of motorcycles and cars being different, however the questions are very similar overall.
The questions are split into two main categories, road rules and road signs.
Furthermore, most of these questions are based on common sense, meaning if you take a moment to think about it, you will undoubtedly know the answer.
The best way to revise for the test is to get the official driver or motorcycle handbook. Once you have your hands on it, it's best to read through it at least twice to get the information to soak in.
Depending on how you soak up knowledge, it might be worth reading it more, and focus attention on the aspects of driving that you feel would be most challenging.
It is also worth going online and looking for practice tests that you can take because they will often be similar to the questions that you may receive in the written test you take.
In order to pass the test you need to score 80% or more. As with anything, the more you practice the better chance you have of success.
Put Your Mind At Ease
Everyone feels nervous when they are taking a test, some less than others however, we have compiled a list of factors which will help put your mind at rest to give you the best chance at success, because you deserve it!
As previously mentioned, many of the questions are based on common sense, meaning if you just think the question through, you will find it easier to come to the right answer.
No Time Limit:
A big fear factor for people when it comes to taking tests is the time limit. However when it comes to the written tests for G1 and M1 there is NO TIME LIMIT! That's right, you can take as long or as little as you want.
If the previous two points haven't eased your mind, all the questions are multiple choice! This means that you don't have to scrape at ideas out of thin air when you aren't so sure, as you have the answer right in front of you.
In order to give you the best chance at success, we want to give you some advice. Here are a few tips to consider when taking the test.
Understanding The Questions:
Because you have as much time as you need, we advise that you read each question twice, and ensure that you say it clearly in your head. Because if you aren't clear on the question, when looking at the answers you will have the wrong perspective.
Process Of Elimination:
As the questions are multiple choice, we suggest using the process of elimination. When looking at the answers, you will often find that one of the answers is completely irrelevant, meaning you can already cross that one out.
Then, with the remaining answers, follow this process of which seems most irrelevant/wrong until you are left with your final answer.Sep 05,2018 0
The road test can be a challenge for many people, so the thought that one day cars will drive themselves is a welcome one.
If you're in your 40s or 50s, then you would have grown up being fed the idea that driving a car would be radically different to when your parents used to take you to the beach.
For a start, cars would be electric instead of the gas-guzzling behemoths everyone was driving at the time.
Electric cars would revolutionise travel. They would be clean, fast and efficient. Importantly, they would be cheap.
This was the vision many books gave us during the 70s, but as time moved on, we realised that pure electric cars are still a way off yet.
Sure, Tesla and others are setting the standards, but they're a long way off from being the ubiquitous mode of transport we once thought they would be.
Nope, we're stuck with fossil fuels for now.
But what about the other great hope? One day, we were told, cars would drive themselves.
Now, again, this has some merit in today's vehicles.
Tesla is once again ahead of the curve with cars that can, to some degree, drive themselves, but we're a long way off from being able to tell them to take us to the local mall while we sit back and relax.
Of course, even though cars are not fully autonomous, the technology that is being developed to get there is making its way into today's vehicles and making life much easier.
For example, the road test includes tests of your ability to parallel park. However, if you drive a new Ford with "Active Park Assist", there's no need to do it yourself.
This has to be put into perspective, but there are a number of really big obstacles to overcome before we can give up on the road test.
Here are just a few:
To listen to some manufacturers, driverless cars are about a year away. They say this every year, but they say it in a confident manner that would give you the impression that very soon we'll be totally hands-off when it comes to doing the school run.
This is, of course, nonsense.
The technology is still being tested, and it's not advancing as quickly as many people would hope.
Yes, it can avoid accidents, but when they're totally driverless, can they be trusted to make the right decision and avoid injuring or killing others? Some say not, and earlier this year, an Uber car caused a fatality:
Now, the trouble with this is that due to the nature of the technology, the first few accidents are going to be big news. There are accidents and fatalities every day in 'normal' cars, but they don't make the front pages.
However, it leads to the second point...
We're just not ready
Our roads were not made for driverless cars.
The current road test goes into a lot of detail about the finer aspects of driving a car, not just on a wide freeway, but on minor roads where the obstacles are wide and varied.
How can a machine handle that?
Yes, it can know that a small child has run out in front of it, but then, how does it decide whether to veer off and hit something else?
Also, how does it navigate stop-start traffic in a busy street with cars and other vehicles parked all over the place?
It would seem that not only are our cars going to have to adapt, but our roads are going to have to do that, too.
This takes long-term planning and investment, and we simply don't have that at the moment.
There are legal implications
If you cause an accident, then there's a chance you will be held accountable, and you could be charged with driving without due care and attention.
If a car causes an accident, how will that pan out?
Can a car be held responsible for deciding to cause damage to something rather than hit and potentially kill a dog?
As a driver, the buck stops with you, with an autonomous car, does it stop with the "brain" of the car? Or maybe the person in the driving seat? Or is it the company that manufactured the car?
Even so. Let's imagine all of these problems are solved at some point soon.
There is already an industry that we can draw on that has been going through this process for years - the aviation industry.
Planes have had autopilot for decades, and some of the most sophisticated aircraft can take off, navigate and land with little input from pilots.
Does this mean pilots don't need as much training?
In fact, pilots are still required to go through the same rigorous tests, because you never know when the technology might fail.
So our answer is clear, then.
For the foreseeable future, you're going to have to continue to take your road test, and it might even get more difficult!Sep 05,2018 0
G1 Written Test
Is the driver responsible for passengers buckling up?A: Only the passengers in the front seatB: Only the passengers over 18 years of ageC: Only the passengers over 16 years of age D: Only the passengers under 16 years of age
Unless posted so, the maximum speed limit in villages, towns, cities and built-up areas is what?A: 30 km/hB: 40 km/hC: 50 km/hD: 60km/h
G1 Road Test
During this test you will be generally be assessed on the following: StartingStoppingTurningLane changingParallel parkingPerpendicular parking