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Equus_girl 06-19-2011 11:22 AM

Driving Test help please!
I'm starting to prepare for my Driving Test. I live in Alberta and have had my learners for about a year and a half. I'm very comfortable with highway driving and small towns. However I haven't done a lot of parallel parking, parking on hills etc. So I need to get lots of practice with that.

I'm just wondering what some of the things are that they are picky about on tests and if there are some little tips to know before you take the test? I know that they want you to shoulder check lots and obviously slow down in school/playground zones etc. I just really hope I pass the first time! How expensive is it to take?

Thank-you! :D

TaMMa89 06-19-2011 11:36 AM

I'm not in the same continent with you so I cannot tell about prices etc. I still think that in every continent the person who receives the test appreciates it if you are careful, observe traffic properly and follow your traffic regulations carefully.

Equus_girl 06-19-2011 11:38 AM

Oh, yes, I'm planning on being very careful and following all the rules! I just wanted to know what things they are move strict on in case I got a little nervous and didn't do one of my parking things perfectly or something.

TaMMa89 06-19-2011 11:44 AM

At least here they don't fail you if you don't do everything exactly perfectly (at least I've gotten it that way, I made it all clear when I had my time) but can give you a note... When you fail is if you do something obviously wrong.

Good luck, I leave the thread for those who know more now. I'm still sure that you'll do fine :-)

kmdstar 06-19-2011 11:49 AM

I don't have alot of advice but I was told by a lady at my bank to try to schedule my road test for after lunch when the testers are all full and happy so I did and now that's the advice I pass on LOL! I don't know what road tests there are like so that's the best I can do, except relax and riding a horse! LOL

GeminiJumper 06-19-2011 12:18 PM

Wow. Its only been 5 years since I got my first driver's licence and I couldn't tell you how much it cost. Maybe my dad took care of it and that's why I can't remember.

My only suggestion to you is to do some more practicing with the things you struggle with. For the actual driving test out on the road, just be alert and really listen to what your instructor asks you to do so you aren't in la-la land when she asks you to do something and you have to say, "what?!" Show her/him respect and it'll usually go fine.

For the test on the computer, they're pretty easy so long as you've paid attention and know your stuff.

VelvetsAB 06-19-2011 02:46 PM

Don't touch the radio at all while you are driving. Keep it on a lowish volume so that the instructor can communicate with you.

Over exaggerate your mirror and blind spot checks. Make it super noticeable that you are looking, because if you just flick your eyes, they won't really notice it.

Drive in the right hand lane, unless you are told that you are to be taking a left hand turn at the next corner.

Even if the lights aren't flashing at a railroad crossing, still do a quick glance, as well as at intersections that you are coming up to....just in case a car is coming and misses their stop sign.
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smrobs 06-19-2011 03:29 PM


And RELAX :D. Hardly anybody does the parallel parking thing perfectly, why else would they invent a car that does it by itself :lol:? Most important thing about parking on hills is to always turn your tires toward the curb (as if you were going to drive up onto the sidewalk) and set the emergency brake before turning the car off.

I am very picky about checking both ways even when I have a green light at an intersection. There are just way too many people who run red lights these days. Plus, being extra careful and observant certainly won't hurt your score on the test.

Take your time and don't rush anything, just like you are out for a leisurely Sunday drive :D.

MHFoundation Quarters 06-19-2011 03:35 PM

You've gotten great advice. Its been a very long time since I took mine, but parallel parking was my fear also. My gpa put me in the 1 ton dually and set up pylons in the pasture to practice. After doing that parallel parking in a car was a piece of cake. I ruined his cones for the record ;)
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zurmdahl 06-19-2011 06:22 PM

For parking on hills, my driver instructor told me the abbreviation UCLA- Uphill with a Curb Left Always, and then every other time you're parking on a hill to turn your wheels right. Also, make sure you stop at/slightly before the stop lines instead of driving past them and then stopping, and don't stop in a cross walk! I'm sure you'll do fine though :) Don't worry too much about parallel parking, I know kids who mess it up completely and still passed. Good luck!

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