Road Test Tips

Tips For Road Test

Here are some tips from driver examiners on how to prepare to pass these tests:

  1. Keep within posted speed limits.

    • Particularly in school & playground zones, keep a little below the posted speed limit (not too slow though). This is to avoid getting over the speed limit by mistake (something that examiners are very strict about).

    • Never go below 10% of the posted speed limit. For example, if speed limit is 50 KM/hour, don't go below 45 KM/hour speed.

    • Do not slow down unnecessarily.

    • Maintain even speed control.

    • If you have been asked to pull to the side and park in a school/playground zone with lower speed limit, remember the speed limit before you pull out again.

  2. It is very important to make a turn only when you have a safe gap, however, please note that if you keep waiting for too long even if there is a large safe gap, it might result in a failure.

  3. While you are standing at the traffic signal and observing your environment, keep an eye on the change in traffic light as well. If the light turns green and you don't move (if safe to do), examiner might have to take verbal control i.e ask you to move to avoid blocking other traffic behind you. This will result in a failure.

  4. Standing position:

    • Never keep your car rolling at stop signs, not even slowly. Make a full stop for atleaset 2 seconds, at the correct position, and take a deep breath. When it is safe, pull out slowly, scanning the intersection.

    • Never stop over crosswalks or railway tracks, and scan both sides while crossing.

  5. Never cross a solid white line, even at right turns. This is illegal, and anything illegal is fail.

  6. Shoulder checks

    • Your steering wheel should not turn without a 'full' shoulder check. Practice it so much that your neck should be sore before your road test.

    • Always do a shoulder check, and look in the mirrors before opening door of the car.

  7. Both hands should always remain on the steering wheel while driving.

  8. Lane Change: Mirror, signal and shoulder check whenever you change lanes or direction.

  9. Keep a safe distance from other vehicles.

  10. Scan intersections (i.e. look on your Left, Center, Right, & again Center) before driving through, even if the light is green when you approach.

  11. Merging onto a highway: Use the acceleration lane to get up to the speed of the highway traffic, while remaining within the speed limit. The rest of the manoeuvre is a lane change.

  12. Practise all the manoeuvres you may be asked to do as part of your road test, including parallel parking, parking on a hill, and 2- and 3-point turns.

  13. Identify Hazards: Practice identifying all the hazards you see on the road and saying it loud while identifying. For example, view blockers like parked cars on the road, people pulling out of driveways, weather conditions, sun glare, pedestrians, cyclists etc.

  14. Practice your hand signals.

  15. If it is a one-way street, examiner may not tell you in which direction to make a turn . Follow the arrow sign.

  16. Know your right of way, and practice, practice, & more practice. I have noticed most students who have not had enough practice struggle mostly at unprotected left turns & roundabouts.

  17. Large vehicles like a Semi will need more space to make turns (or in roundabouts), and therefore they might make wide turns extending into the adjacent lanes. Let them go before making your turn as you don't want to get squished when they come back to their intended lane. If you do try to get into a lane position where you might come into their way, examiner will press the brake and you will fail the test.

  18. Whenever coming out of driveway, parking lot or an alley, make a complete stop.

  19. Know the difference between solid and blinking traffic lights.

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Parking (City of Surrey):

  1. Fire hydrants - 5 meter gap on both sides

  2. Driveway - 1.5 meters on both side

  3. Crosswalk (that is not an intersection) - 15 meters on approaching and 6 meters beyond

  4. Walkways - 3 meter both sides

  5. Intersections: 6 meter from end of curb return


Vehicle Checklist For Road Test

10 most common reasons a vehicle might not be accepted for a road test:

  1. Dash warning lights (for example, air bag) that affect the safe operation of the vehicle

  2. Brake lights, signal lights or headlights not working or with badly cracked or missing lenses

  3. Unsafe tires

  4. Doors or windows not operating (for example, doors don’t open from inside)

  5. Cracked or illegally tinted windshield or windows

  6. Horn not working

  7. Gas tank or electric charge too low

  8. Vehicle not properly licensed or insured

  9. Seatbelts not working or frayed

  10. Unsafe or illegal vehicle modifications

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Defensive Driving

"At Happy Tails Driving School, our motive is not just to help you pass your road test, but to make sure that you keep yourself & your loved ones safe while on road. Here are few habits you should develop for safe driving (Source - Smith System of Defensive Driving)"

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Look Far Ahead: Make it a habit to always look far ahead on the road while driving i.e. 12-15 seconds in city (around one block), and 20-30 seconds on freeway (around 1 K.M). It will keep you aware of any potential hazards and you will have enough time to avoid the crash. It also helps in keeping your car in middle of your lane.


Keep Your Eyes Moving: Beware of the fixed stare - if you are looking at something for longer than 2 seconds, you are staring. Therefore, keep scanning for dangers by keeping your peripheral vision open. Also, as a general rule you should check your rear view mirror every 5-8 seconds.


Keep yourself an out: Always leave some space around your vehicle so that you can quickly get out in case there is a danger. You can do this by maintaining your speed and lane position in advance.


Get the big picture: Always keep observing traffic around you so that you can quickly make a decision to avoid any possible danger.


Make sure you are seen: Never assume that other drivers have seen you. If necessary, make use of signlas or horn to alert others of your next move.



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Abbotsford: 27955 Fraser Hwy, Abbotsford, BC V4X 1M5