The journey of getting your driver’s licence is an exciting part of everyone’s life! Passing your written G1 test and finally being able to get behind the wheel of a car is something every driver will remember! However, once you pass your G1 test, you may be curious about your next steps! Luckily, we have a guide to help you with everything you need to know regarding road tests in Ontario. No matter your age or what stage you are at in receiving your licence, this guide will be able to help you figure out your next steps.
G2 road test
Many people are familiar with the G2 test coming after their G1! Your G2 Test will generally access your skills on the road! These tests are commonly known as “city tests,” and usually only take about 20 minutes. Once you pass your G1 test, you must wait a period of twelve months before you can take your G2. This is a crucial time in anybody’s licence journey as it is when you first get behind the wheel. If you have never driven before, you will need to have a year’s experience behind the wheel as a requirement. This is generally when people will begin driving lessons!
Enrolling in a driving school that is recognized by the MTO (Ministry of Transportation) is highly recommended at this stage. This is because your eligibility requirement can be reduced to four months instead of 12. Additionally, you may receive lower premiums on your insurance in the long run! This is because many insurance companies will see you took lessons and assume you are less likely to get in an accident. This will be helpful when purchasing your first vehicle.
Rules of the road with your G2 licence
Once you pass your G2 road test in Ontario, you are able to take your G Test and receive your full licence after a 12 month period. When you have your G2, there are still a few rules and restrictions you must obey since you are not fully-licenced yet. These are as follows:
- Must have a blood alcohol level of 0, this means you cannot drink any alcohol whatsoever before driving
- Each person in the vehicle must have a working seatbelt and have it worn
Additionally, the following restrictions apply between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m. to G2 drivers ages 19 years and under:
- In the first six months after receiving your G2 licence, you are only allowed to carry one passenger 19 and under
- After six months with your G2 licence (and until you obtain full G licence or turn 20,) you can carry up to three passengers ages 19 or under
G road test
So, 12 months have passed and you have kept a clean record! You are now ready and prepared to take your G and receive your full licence. A G test will is where an instructor will access your advanced driving skills such as driving on a highway and parallel parking. Overall, this test will take about 30 minutes. If successful, you will complete all of the road tests in Ontario and receive your full G licence!
What to expect during your G test
Before taking your G Test, you will have to declare your driving experience to your instructor. This is so they know you have been practicing! When declaring your experience you must ensure that you have spent a sufficient amount on highways in order to proceed with the test. You must declare how many times in the three-months prior to the test that you have driven on a highway with a speed limit of at least 80 km/hr. You must also state how many times you have driven on a 400-series highway in Ontario. The 400-series highways in Ontario include:
- 400, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 409, 410, 416, 417, 420, 427
- Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW)
- Don Valley Parkway (DVP)
- Gardiner Expressway
- E.C. Row Expressway
- Conestoga Parkway
In order to qualify for a G test, you must have driven at least five times on one or some of these highways within the past 3 months. You must also state the average length of these trips! If you fail to have enough experience to complete the test, your appointment will be cancelled and you will only recieve 50% of your fee back. It is also important to keep in mind that you must provide your own vehicle for a G Test! The vehicle can be owned, borrowed or rented and does not need to be an instructors vehicle.
Upon completing and passing the test, you will receive a temporary licence to use for the 90-Day period before your permanent licence arrives in the mail!
Booking a road test in Ontario
Booking a road test for your G2 or G licences is very easy and can be done entirely online! In order to begin with booking your test, you will need a few items. These are as follows:
- A valid email address
- A valid driver’s licence number and driver’s licence expiry date
- A valid credit card, as the DriveTest website currently only accepts credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express)
Once you input your email, you will receive a message giving you instructions on how to proceed with your booking. From there you will choose from up to 94 different locations throughout Ontario that are currently offering G2 and G tests. This is also when you will choose the best date and time that works for you. After completing your booking, you will be emailed a confirmation receipt that must be brought with you the day of your test!
Cancelling a road test
If you wish to cancel a road test in Ontario, you may do so as long as it is at least 48 hours before your test. If it is within 48 hours of your appointment, you may lose your fee. You may cancel or edit an appointment on the same page you booked your road test on. Simply click the “edit an existing appointment” button and fill in the respective fields if you wish to reschedule. If you wish to not book your road test via the computer, you are also able to do so by finding a DriveTest location closest to you!
Now that you have passed all of your road tests in Ontario, you are fully licenced! If you haven’t yet, you may be interested in purchasing a vehicle at this point! If you are in the market for car insurance, check out isure! We take pride in our low premiums and first class customer service. Contact us or request a quote today!