Getting a driver’s license in Canada can take around twenty months. The first test is relatively simpler and in sync with what you would find in the US, across UK and in Europe. The G2 test in Canada is the second test that you must pass to become a fulltime driver or to have a permanent driver’s license, unless it is revoked due to negligent driving or some other fault in the future.
The G2 test in Canada is more challenging because of its demanding routine. You wouldn’t be asked just to drive but you would have to deal with maneuvers that only an experienced driver can manage, and that is why you are allowed to drive with the first license for a few months before taking the G2 test in Canada.
Now, here is a brief but immensely helpful guide to pass the G2 test in Canada, which many people fail in their first attempt.
- You are not allowed to have a jerky start or an abrupt stop. When you are about to start your test, the examiner will check how you have paid heed to your immediate surroundings, if you are confident and if you can drive safely away from the curb and take the appropriate lane. If there is a blind spot, if you have a cranky start or if there are some hiccups then you would be inching closer to getting failed. The same goes when you are about to stop. Whether it is in the middle of the road at the lights or you have to find a place alongside the curb, you would have to check ahead, what’s behind, sideways and then make a smart and steady maneuver to the side and stop the car gently. It should be one smooth ride with no abruptness at all.
- Many drivers play it safe and stop when they can but don’t have to or drive along when they can but should not. For instance, when you cross junctions, it is acceptable to slow down and stop but when you know there is no traffic and there is no restraint asking you to stop then stopping midway is just unwise. Likewise, if you are at a major intersection with four or more lanes crisscrossing one another, it is always good to slow down instead of showing your prowess and driving along the route you have to take.
- You would be asked to initiate emergency starts and stops. Make sure your emergency braking and handling of the parking brake is efficient. Don’t fumble and don’t shy away from maneuvers that you have to initiate, whether you like them or not.