LICENSE CLASS G-2
G-2 License is obtained approving a driving exam (road test).
With this license you will be granted some privileges like driving
without company in any road of
Canada, including the high speed highways.
Nevertheless, you will have the following restrictions:
level of alcohol in blood while driving.
The number of passengers shall be limited to the number of
safety seat belts.
ONLY when you approve driving road test G-1 and obtain license
G-2 or G, you will be able to drive alone in your car.
In other words, if you are thinking of buying and driving your
own car, before you must:
Approve the road exam offered by the Ministry of Transportation
and obtain in the first place the license class G, or in case of
Approve the knowledge test to obtain G-1 and then take and
approve the road test to obtain license G-2
In this last case, you would have to wait several months for an
exams date; time varies according to the delay in the Ministry
and Drive Test departments.
Cost of the exam is $ 40 (Jul-2006)
ROAD TEST G-2
In the driving exam to obtain license G-2 you will be evaluated for your
capacity of applying driving rules in the road, and the way in which you
apply safety rules while driving.
this first exam a Driver examiner shall ask you to follow basic driving
Take into account the following basic recommendations for this exam:
yourself constantly looking around and alert to see and prevent other
persons and cars actions.
at your mirrors constantly (each 5 seconds average) and always turn you head
over your shoulders to control blind points before changing lane or turn at
a corner (right and left turns)
Blind points are those behind you and at both sides that you can not see
directly or through the mirrors while you are driving.
conscious that you have to share the road with other drivers and persons.
Each one has different needs, for example, buses need to stop and take the
trucks need to draw big curves to turn on the corners and also need much
distance to stop.
Cyclists need longer distances, especially in narrow roads.
driving test is taken based in the Ontario Transit Rules, and you can
prepare yourself studying the Driver’s Handbook (www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/dandv/handbook)
or you can also be helped by a Canadian certified instructor’s.
- GUIDE FOR THE ROAD TEST
As a general guide for the reader so he may previously know the exam type to
obtain driver license G-2, most important points of the test are:
It is recommendable to practice carefully each aspect and remember the
advices, in order to approve the test.
Practice the lights of direction, getting near (look in all directions and
stop if required) and the action of turning (distance, road lines, speed).
Remember that in the corners, traffic and walkers move in different
Know the different types of intersections and the meaning of transit signs
Practice the right of way rules in intersections and when changing lanes.
Stop when it is required (walking cross, when there is a stop signal or in
an intersection) and Go when you must go (for example:
when you have green light, if you stop, you would stop the traffic, or in
the intersections with yellow light).
Practice the correct signals with directional lights, look the mirrors, turn
your head over your shoulders to see blind points and choose the right speed
to change lanes, maintain the correct speed according to the lane. It is
important to car and moto drivers to know and avoid blind points for other
Turn and three point turns.
Know when a U turn is appropriate or it is necessary to make a three point
turn (turn - reverse - turn)
Practice these proceedings, paying constant attention to other vehicles,
cyclists and persons.
and speed control.
You must always drive at the speed indicated for each lane.
Practice driving at the speed indicated and maintain a safety space with the
vehicle in front (at least 3 seconds).
and backing up.
Practice parking in a marked parking space, in a street, and between two
vehicles (parallel parking).
Practice backing up proceedings turning in both directions.
Be careful with the space you leave when you park your car.
Observe carefully around you, for the sake of other cars and persons
Practice controlled braking before braking, look the mirror to be sure that
there is no car near behind you.
In a curve, brake to decrease speed before the curve, not in the curve
itself, brake carefully and taking enough distance from other cars and
In a stop, distance between you and the car in front of you must be between
2 and 4 meters.
For larger vehicles, the distance has to be longer. You must take care of
being within the other driver’s mirror range.
Verify that there are no vehicles in the contrary lane, when it is safe,
accelerate and pass, living enough distance between the cars before
returning to your lane.
License G-2 is valid for a maximum period of 5 years.
Before expiration, driver has to obtain license class G.
In case you fail this last test, you will have to take the road
test G-1 again
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE TEST
Go to the test area and see how other people take the exam.
If the area is familiar to you and you know how the exam shall be, you will
be less anxious the day of the test, and that shall increase your
possibilities of success.
Observe the proceedings done by the persons taking the exam from the very
If it possible, prepare for the road exam practicing with an instructor or a
friend living in the area where you will be taking the exam.
Thus, you may know in advance signal types, speed limits, lights, obstacles
Lot of people practice this way, especially on the week end
prior to the exam.
Arrive early the day of the test.
If it is possible, go around the area before de test.
If the weather conditions are bad for rain or snow, ask the test to be
delayed for other day with normal weather conditions.
Maintain constant attention on the mirrors and in all directions
Exaggerate your precautions is better than fail in the exam.
I will tell you my first bad experience in taking the road test
to obtain G-2. After hiring and paying several hours during
several days of driving practice in Toronto
with an "instructor” from
(whose name I don't even want to remember), I hire his car to
take the test.
The day of the test, everything looked normal; I was waiting
with optimism to approve my test.
When the time came, the examiner gave me the instructions and I
started the test going back from the parking lot and taking the
road to go out to the normal transit.
When I needed to make the first stop, I released the brake to
step on the accelerator again (¿?), then the brake bumps and
The examiner (an Afro-American women) felt the bump and said to
me "Why do you slam?
I have been only a few months in
Canada, and without knowing
what was happening, I got very nervous, and I didn’t know how to
explain that I didn’t know what was happening.
Test continued and sound too.
To maintain the speed constant within the speed limit in each
road it is necessary to accelerate-brake-accelerate, I couldn't
stop making such a noise.
Finally, she REJECTED me, for “persistent slam” arguing that I
couldn't control brake and accelerator of the car.
Disappointed by my failure, I told the “instructor” and he only
replied to me that is “was normal” to fail the test the first
time, that I needed more practice. He told me to ask for another
test date and to pay more instruction hours to him.
day I didn’t realized what had happened. After several days, I
realized that the car in which I made the practices was not the
same as the car given to me the day of the test.
Driving Academies cars are "adapted" with other brake at the
right, where the instructor usually goes.
So they can stop the car if they see any danger or action not
well done by the driver who is learning.
What I deducted was that the extra brake was not well installed
by the mechanic friend of the instructor, and so the brake made
a strong noise each time the brake was released. (That noise can
only be made by the brake of a car modified by driving schools).
They use that car to make naive clients fail the test so they
have to hire more practice hours and pay again the rental of a
car to take a new exam.
For the following practice hours, I made clear to the
“instructor” that I would only hire his services if we used for
the practices the car I used before (which did not have that
defect) and only if I could use the same car the day of my test.
I felt in that tramp and I have to expend around $ 350 more and
wait 4 months to take the test again.
When you are going to take the road exam G-2, ask your friends
or relatives to recommend you an honest and qualified
Besides, be sure that the car that you will hire for the
practices are free of defects and that it will be the same that
shall rent to you the day of the exam.
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