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post #21 of 59 Old 08-11-2011, 11:52 AM
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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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post #22 of 59 Old 08-12-2011, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I have an appointment for next Friday so we'll see how that goes! I'm half nervous and scared and half just wanting it to hurry up and get here so I can get it over with! This coming week I'm going to work more on my parallel parking so I'm as ready as I can be for the test. And then, if I perish, I perish! Lol!
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I bet that everyone is nervous in that situation. If it makes you feel a little better, I'm one of the greatest worrywart in the world and passed in the 1st time.

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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!
Actually, what I've thought is that your actual learning happens still a lot after the test . It's more like the required minimum so they know that you know basics. For example I've come a long way from the point when I passed my test and whole the thing has turned more automatic for me along hundred of kilometers.

It's also good to know what you don't know. For example I think that for a fledgling driver who doesn't have that much experience under their belt, it isn't that important to hold discussion when driving but know that they isn't very able for that yet .

Good luck, I'm sure you'll do fine .


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Oh for sure I have become a better driver since passing my test; however the difference between now and when I first passed is no where near as much of a stretch as the difference between when I failed and when I passed.

I am not sure about in Alberta (though I am sure it is similar), but in BC the test is extremely difficult - they want you to be a very comfortable and defensive driver before allowing you to drive on your own (hence me failing three times!)
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Well, tomorrow I'm going to do more parallel parking with my mom. That wasn't going so well on Friday. Ugh! I just don't want to mess it up on the test 'cus I'm nervous. I just need to relax I guess and try to stop worrying so much. I can always take it again if I find out I'm not ready for it and don't pass. Actually I almost wish it were sooner just so I can get it over with, I just can't stop thinking about it!
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Well, test is in two days! Eek! I've been doing lots of practicing and we went into the town where I'm going to take my test and drove around. Mom said I'm doing real good. I'm still having some trouble with the parallel parking though which is so annoying! I hope I'll be ok for it on the test.

I have a real dumb question! When you are backing out of an angle parking and are going to be turning left do you signal right? Or do you signal to the right because you are turning the back wheels to the right? I'm just a little confused and would like to know what you do. Thanks!
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I am not sure what you mean?

On our tests we never have to back out of a parking stall - you always back in.
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I just mean when angle parking and then you back out
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I don't use a signal when backing out...

I don't think you have to, but maybe call driver's services and ask just to be sure?
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Do they actually test you on parallel parking in Alberta? I know in Nova Scotia they teach it in Young Drivers, even have a spot for it on the drivers test but they technically did away with it years ago. Thankfully, lol!
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