Hints For The Driving Test
Be careful on the test when they ask you about reaction time. Reaction time is a function of
fatigue, alcohol, drugs, etc. It is NOT a function of the weather. The braking distance
will double on a wet road, but the time it takes for you to react will not.
Often in the test, you will be asked at what speed you can drive. Pay attention to the wording
of the question. If they ask you what the speed limit is, it's simple. But if the question says
"I can drive at..." and lists a bunch of speeds, you will probably need to select
more than one answer. For example, if the options are [A] 50 km/hr, [B] 70 km/hr,
[C] 90 km/hr, [D] 110 km/hr and you know the speed limit is 90 km/hr, be sure
to select [A] and [B] and [C] because those are also valid speeds when the limit is 90 km/hr.
An annoying trick of the test, but it comes up a lot and is easy to avoid if you pay attention.
Sometimes you are asked what lights you should have on. Pay
attention to how the question is worded. For example, let's say the question asks you what
lights should be on and you are given the choices 'parking lights', 'low beams' and
'high beams'. If you want to say low beams, don't forget to also select parking lights.
Even though no car on the planet lets you turn on low beams without also turning on the parking
lights, you must select both on the test or you'll get the question wrong.
Even though the official book says that some cars are able to
turn on high and low beams independently, for the test you may have only one on at a time.
This one actually makes sense because the driving test is based on the Renault Clio, the
officially standard Auto École car, and it cannot have both high and low beams on at the
same time. They tell you at the beginning of the test to assume you're driving a Clio and
you should also have been told this during driving class. This also means that for the
test you are able to turn on your front and rear fog lights separately.
Study and understand the "complex intersection" signs. These are the white square
signs that show an intersection where the "priority road" turns. There is a high
probability of having a question about this type of sign on the test.