Canadian G2 Driving Test

Some Canadian drivers must pass a two-step testing process and move through 3 skill levels to acquire their full license. It will take applicants a minimum of 20 months to successfully graduate through the system. This unique procedure was put into place to help inexperienced drivers develop the necessary skills to becoming responsible independent drivers. This article will cover the process and tips for obtaining your G2 license.

What Does the G2 (Level 2) Road Test Consist Of?

The G2 road test is more advanced than the G1, this round of testing will require you to pass a driving test, rather than just basic car manoeuvring. This requires you to complete expressway driving with an examiner, among other driving procedures. You will be monitored on the following driving capabilities:

  • The rules of the road
  • Driving situations
  • Properly stopping at an intersection
  • Left and right turns
  • Properly entering and passing through an intersection
  • Proper lane changes
  • Mirror checks
  • Freeway driving
  • Curve handling
  • Passing
  • Roadside stops
  • Proper use of signals
  • Braking
  • Traffic check
  • Controlling and maintaining speed
  • Proper use of gears
  • The use of both hands while driving
  • Residential section driving
  • Business section driving
  • Three point turn
  • Parallel parking
  • Proper spacing between other vehicles
    What Are the Limits of the G2 License?

    Once a driver passes the G2 portion of the test, they will have fewer limitations than before, but will still be subject to some restrictions. You will now be able to drive anywhere, day and night, alone or with passengers, but if you are caught violating any of the conditions there will be consequences. You may also legally purchase your own personal vehicle when you are on level 2. The following rules must be followed at all times:

    • Each passenger in your car must have a properly working seatbelt, the number of passengers cannot be greater than the number of seatbelts in the vehicle.
    • Your blood alcohol level must be zero at all times.

    Breaking these conditions are a cause for suspension of your license. If you receive violations or traffic tickets while driving on a G2 license, it could result in demerits on your driving record; which can affect many things, including your insurance premiums.

    What’s the Next?

    From start to end, you have 5 years to advance from the G1 license to the full G license. Once you receive the G2 license, you must continue to gain driving experience for a minimum of 12 months before applying to take the final exam.