Posted on Jul 23, 2018
So many responsibilities and privileges come along with your Sweet 16. One of these, in Alberta, is the chance to acquire your class 5 driver’s licence. No more waiting for the bus, driving with a parent nagging you at every playground zone, or having to get a ride to your date with the cute guy from your biology class (don’t embarrass me dad).
However, there is one obstacle standing in your way before you can attain this small percentage of your freedom, and that is the dreaded road test.
Many of our customers get nervous and worried about having this unknown person sit beside them and judge them on every little detail of their driving, honestly, I was pretty nervous when I took my road test for the exact same reasons. With that being said, here’s a list of the most common mistakes made on the road test so you know how not to fail the road test.
Gone in 60 Seconds
The most obvious tip we can give you, do not speed! Believe it or not, there are incidents where people speed during their drivers test. Remember, life isn’t a Nicholas Cage movie, the only thing that will be gone are your chances of passing your test.
Stop, Wait A Minute
When you’re turning right at a red light, make sure you make a full stop before the crosswalk and check for cars approaching before making your turn. Many of us get into the habit of just simply yielding at the light, but just remember that red always means stop, unless your a bull.
Out of Control
In many residential areas there are intersections where there are no signs or lights, these are referred to as uncontrolled intersections. During tests many drivers tend to go through these areas improperly. Make sure you slow down, cover your brake, and check all around for cars.
They See Me Rollin
Many drivers forget to come to a full stop when they reach the red octagon. Instead of stopping some drivers will roll through the stop sign like Chamillionaire, this will result in an automatic fail. An easy way to avoid this is to come to a full stop and then count a few seconds before proceeding through.
Your Fellow Albertans
An important rule to remember is that pedestrians always have the right of way. A lot of the time we tend to drive and only pay attention to the other cars on the road, but people are important too! Be cautious when approaching intersections with crosswalks by looking both ways and making sure no one is trying to cross the road.