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    08-10-2011, 02:23 PM
I live in BC, so assumably our tests are quite similar. I failed my "N" test three times.

What I realized later on, when I finally passed is that I really was NOT ready to be driving on my own. Are you comfortable driving on a day to day basis? Can you hold a conversation while driving without feeling nervous about what's going on on the road?

I don't mean to scare you or anything, and I hope you do pass. Just remember that if you fail it is not a big deal - just means you need to log more hours on the road and get more comfortable with driving - it should be second nature, you shouldn't have to actively think about what you are doing while you are driving. Not saying you shouldn't pay attention of course!

After having my "N" for the mandatory two years I took my full license test and passed with 100% accuracy.

Good luck!! I know how nerve wracking it can be!
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    08-10-2011, 02:57 PM
Thank-you all so much! I really appreciate all the information and advice! I will phone and find out the cost and then probably set up an appointment. I really hope I pass - but if not I will just work real hard on the things I failed on.

Carleen - yes, I do feel comfortable driving, and can carry on a conversation well. However I still do get nervous in towns I'm not used to though as there is more going on of course. If I don't pass then at least I'll know what I need to work on.
Do you mind saying what the hardest things were for you on the test when you failed? It would just give me more of an idea of what to work on before the test.
    08-10-2011, 03:12 PM
Green Broke
I also failed getting on my road test twice.

Basically, I didn't look around enough. Over exaggerate checking your blind spots, and all 3 mirrors, every 5 seconds. And honestly, every 5 seconds, check them in the routine you were taught.

Look at any upcoming corners to make sure a car isn't going to accidentally miss the stop sign. When a railway crossing comes up, make sure to check both sides BEFORE you reach it.

Practice backing into lots of parking spots. Go to a mall parking lot, and back into several empty ones. Then one on your right side, then one on your left side. Eventually, a car on both sides.

If you are on a road that has 2 lanes one direction, stay in the right hand lane, unless you have a turn coming up. When you change lanes, let the turn signal click at least 3 times before you move over, and keep it clicking until you are completely in the new lane.

To the person who said that you don't do parallel parking anymore, but do 3-point turns...how are they even related? Did they take parallel parking out of the test, and replaced it with 3PTs?
    08-10-2011, 03:19 PM
Like other people have said, you can make quite a few mistakes and still pass. Shoot, the instructor wrote "Could cause potential danger" on my parallel parking part And I still passed!

The most important thing to remember is to stay relaxed and just pretend like you are driving with one of your parents. I think the reason those drive instructors look so mean is because they have to sit in the car with people freaking out all day long.
    08-10-2011, 03:25 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Dressage10135    
the instructor wrote "Could cause potential danger" on my parallel parking part

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    08-10-2011, 03:29 PM
Some one told me a great tip before I went for my test (all those many years ago), Make sure the person who goes with you puts their seat belt on too. They will flunk you if they don't have it on and you didnt check. You wont even make it out of the parking lot!
    08-10-2011, 04:55 PM
That is a great tip to remember about the seatbelt! I always heard that if you hit the curb while parallel parking you fail. Is this true of all parking? Also, do you need to use the handbrake for all parking or just on hills?
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    08-10-2011, 05:09 PM
I can't say for sure about hitting the curb for parking. But I wouldn't be surprised if they failed you. You should know where your car is and if it is close to the curb or not.
    08-10-2011, 06:03 PM
I am pretty sure that if you hit the curb and correct it and then park correctly you will not fail automatically.
    08-11-2011, 09:25 AM
Originally Posted by wetrain17    
Some one told me a great tip before I went for my test (all those many years ago), Make sure the person who goes with you puts their seat belt on too. They will flunk you if they don't have it on and you didnt check. You wont even make it out of the parking lot!
They shouldn't be allowed to do that. I know in Nova Scotia, on the actual drivers test it states that the examiners will not trick you or ask you to do anything illegal. Basically, them getting in and not putting on their seatbelt is kind of tricking someone in my opinion. People are so nervous, I bet the majority would never pick up on that during a test but would in the real world. :)

Some tips I don't recall people saying:

1. Keep both hands on the steering wheel at ALL times.

2. Maintain A LOT of distance between the car in front of you. I stayed back where Young Drivers taught me and the examiner kept telling me to go back even further... :)

3. Come to a complete stop and wait a few seconds, then pull away after looking in all relevant directions.

4. Know the road hand signs. Like left, right, stop. At least where I live, they do sometimes ask you that at the start of a test.

Good luck, and don't feel bad if you fail. When I failed my first test I was horrified but found out most of my friends also failed, sometimes more than once!

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