During the learner’s license stage, ICBC recommends 60 hours of behind-the-wheel practice time with your qualified supervisor
In order to adequately cover the skills and manoeuvres, each stage should involve at least 15-20 hours of practice.
• Vehicle familiarization
• Comfortable in light traffic and side streets
• Basic rules of the road and hazard detection
• Comfortable on main streets and in intersections
• Lane changes and stall parking
• Speed management and visual searching
• Comfortable in heavy traffic, highways, and complex intersections
• Advanced hazard perception
• Independent decision making, route planning, and execution
Schools are here to give you foundation but Practice makes these foundation solid. Here are some great tips:
It’s important that Students are aware of other risks they might face, like vehicle problems, peer pressure, and distractions.
Maintain low-risk driving environments
• Quiet streets: Take your teen out on quiet streets and in daylight hours for as long as you feel necessary.
• Minimal risk: Ensure your teen’s first challenging drive has minimal risk. If it’s their first time on a highway, take them out in daylight with lower traffic levels.
• Avoid rush hour: Try driving during less busy hours until your teen feels more confident.
• Practice with variety: When your teen is more confident, ensure they get practice in different weather, times of day, and locations.
Questions to ask your teen
• Car maintenance: Do they know how to get gas, check oil and other fluids, tire air pressure and what to do if they get a flat tire?
• Route planning: Have they planned their route in advance?
• Emotional awareness: Could their emotional state or energy level affect their driving ability?
What to do in a crash
• Collecting information in a crash: Educate your teen to obtain License Plate, Driving license and Insurance Information. Call 911 and look for their and other’s safety at first.
Reminding Graduated licensing restrictions
• Know the rules: Remind your teen about the restrictions in graduated licensing. Breaking the rules can cost them financially and add time to their time spent as a learner.
• No electronic devices: Remind your teen about the dangers of distracted driving. Electronic devices aren’t allowed while they’re in the graduated licensing program, even if hands-free.
Driving skills you’ll need to know
During your road test, you’ll need to demonstrate a variety of driving skills. These are the most common skills to practice:
• Driving through intersections, turning left and right
• Pulling out into traffic
• Pulling over and stopping at the side of the road
• Changing lanes
• Parking on a hill
• Starting on a hill
• Backing up
• Angle parking
• Parallel parking
• Stall parking (driving forward and backing up into a stall)
• Two and three point turns
• Merging on and off a highway
• General driving (e.g., driving straight, driving on hills and curves)
• Knowing what to do around emergency vehicles
Not every skill will be part of your test, but practicing them all will give you the best chance of being prepared.
While you’re driving, it’s important to scan your environment and be aware of potential hazards on the road. You may be asked to point some out during your test.
Examples of potential hazards:
• Dangerous drivers
• Emergency vehicles
• Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycles
• Blind spots and hidden driveways
• Icy or snowy roads
• Uneven roads
Our Instructors would be happy to complete a 1-hour Simulated Road Test so they can advise you of your current strengths and skills as well as any habits that may require additional practice prior to testing