Tips for your (ICBC) Road Test / Driving Test

Tips for your (ICBC) Road Test / Driving TestTips for your (ICBC) Road Test / Driving Test


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YYour Road Test

An exciting and terrifying right of passage (or something like that, perhaps).

Automatic Fails

  • Doing anything illegal (speeding, lane change over solid white line, driving the wrong way down a one-way street, reversing into an intersection) 
  • Doing anything unsafe (a pedestrian has to jump out of the way, a driver has to do evasive action in order to avoid you, you hit the wrong pedal and accidentally drive onto the sidewalk)


Don’t worry about perfection

  • Drivers don’t need to be perfect; they can make some mistakes but it shouldn’t be the same mistake over and over – the examiner will notice a pattern that needs to be corrected.
  • Most student drivers I talk to seem to be worried about their parking. They’re worrying about the wrong things.
  • You should know how to park, but you don’t have to be a pro at it.
  • You’re allowed to make corrections, fix it/readjust it if it doesn’t work the first time.
  • Examiners are not timing you and they’re not going to get out at the end and measure it to make sure it’s perfectly between the lines and perfectly straight. Ain’t no body got time for that. 



  • It’s more important that you have good observation skills when parking and you’re looking in the correct direction when reversing.
  • If you’re a bit crooked when you’re done parking, that’s not going to hurt anybody, is it?
  • Becoming good at parking can take many years of experience and examiners do not expect new drivers to be perfect: they expect you to be safe and legal.



  • After all, driving instructors do not park perfectly every time either.
  • If you insist on worrying about something, worry about your ability to safely turn left, right, and go straight at intersections.
  • Collisions happen most frequently at intersections. Probably one of the most important skills you will have as a driver is knowing how to properly navigate your intersections safely and confidently.
  • Turning left incorrectly could absolutely have very devastating consequences. 



Here are some common mistakes I’ve seen people make on the road test & some tips:


Stopping at Stop Signs



  • Not completely stopping at the stop sign (California stop).
  • You don’t have to stop, take out your stopwatch and count to 10 seconds or anything like that, but do make sure that you indeed fully & completely stopped moving!
  • A lot of drivers in real life do not do a full and complete stop; they do a kind of, sort of, or almost, or pretend,  kind of stop; try to avoid this bad habit. 

Check out my eBook Intersections Illustrated: Stop Signs Edition (PDF or EPUB)



  • Not stopping for a red light on a right turn.
    • Many student drivers hear “you can turn right on a red light” and some don’t realize that you must stop first; you can’t just slow down and then turn.
    • If your light is red, it means someone else has a green.
    • If you do turn without stopping, it will be an automatic fail because red means stop; so if you don’t, technically you are in violation of the law.
    • Yes, you may turn right on a red light if you stop first, and determine it is safe. But keep in mind, you do not have to turn right on a red light. It’s a red light, after all, isn’t it?






    • Speeding: Driving 55 km/hr in a 50 km zone or Driving 40 km in a 30 km playground/school zone.
    • If the speed limit is 30, drive 30, not 35 km/hr.
    • Technically, going 31 km/hr in a 30 km zone is illegal and examiners will mark you accordingly (some examiners are more strict than others).
    • Do not keep up with speeding traffic flow.
    • I don’t really like how strict they are because I would rather new drivers not be so paranoid about their speed they feel like they have to stare at their speedometer the whole time, but knowing the speed limit of course is a must.
    • If you have sufficient experience, you should be able to tell what 50 feels like without looking. You must show the examiner that you know what the speed limit is and are willing to accept and obey it regardless of the behaviour of other traffic. 



    Shoulder Checks / Unnecessary Stopping

    • Not enough shoulder checks and/or unnecessary slowing or stopping especially on right turns:
    • You must shoulder check every time before you pull over/pull into traffic, before lane changing and merging, and before you turn right (sometimes 2 shoulder checks are required before right turns).
    • Even if you know there’s nothing there, you must still shoulder check.
    • These checks are to ensure there are no vehicles, pedestrians, motorcycles, or cyclists, or any other road user in your blind spot before you turn.
    • Even if you are 99% sure there is nothing there, you must show the examiner that you are actively looking for road users who may be in the blind spot. Do not stop for no reason!


    Parking Brake

    • Use the parking brake every time you park.
    • Try not to be so nervous that you drive down the road for a while with the parking brake on! This seems to happen from time to time.
    • Many people don’t use the parking brake. You should use it because sometimes mechanical failure can occur (the transmission can slip into neutral, and the car may start rolling away by itself if parked on any sort of incline).
    • If you’ve used the parking brake, it will act as a backup plan.
    • Keep in mind, transmissions are meant for changing gears, not holding thousands of pounds in place on hills.
    • Parking brakes are connected to brake cables on the rear tires (usually), their whole purpose in life is to hold the vehicle in place.
    • When hill parking, you do not have to ensure the tire actually touches the curb, but you should turn the wheels the appropriate direction; and do not just turn the wheel a bit; it should be turned all the way


    Being a nervous wreck


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    • Avoid being too cautious.
    • Yes, you can fail for driving like a granny!
    • Examiners want to see a confident and competent driver, not a bag of nerves that drives 20 km/hr under the speed limit and slows down for no reason at every intersection!
    • Of course, people are nervous on road tests and examiners know this.
    • Just try not to be so nervous that you stop where you’re not supposed to, drive way too slowly, or do strange things that you wouldn’t otherwise do!
    • Remember to breathe; this helps a lot.


    Adjust your driving for conditions


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    • Drive for conditions: this means if it’s snowing and you’re on a side-street, residential area, and there are small children running around in the middle of the road 1/2 block in front of you chasing each other in circles and you’re driving 50 km/hr, this type of thing may be considered TOO FAST even though yes, this is the legal maximum speed limit (yes you could be failed for driving too fast for conditions).
    • You should always decide what the safe speed is based on conditions.
    • If it’s a beautiful day and you’re on a main street, and you are driving 40 km/hr in a 50 km/hr zone “Just to be careful,” and there is a line of 50 cars behind you all freaking out because you’re not even going the speed limit — Don’t do that! It is TOO SLOW!
    • Show the examiner that you are an intelligent being capable of making appropriate decisions based on the conditions you encounter.
    • The same thing goes for strange situations that you were never taught about on your driving lessons.
    • If you don’t know what to do, think about it.
    • What would be the best, most safe, option? 


    Pedestrian Issues

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    • Pedestrian conflicts: Examiners want to see that you’re willing to help pedestrians, not fight with them over the available space.
    • This means if you aren’t sure if there’s enough time to go before a pedestrian, you should wait patiently rather than trying to beat them or cutting them off, or driving so close to them that you give them a heart attack.
    • You should stop for pedestrians in marked crosswalks and unmarked crosswalks (any intersection without white crosswalk lines).
    • Sometimes pedestrians are unpredictable and cross where they aren’t supposed to.
    • If you aren’t sure what to do, try to think of what the safest option is (keep in mind you should be keeping track of what’s behind you. We don’t want you slamming on the brake if there’s a semi-truck following too closely).   


    Issues with poorly behaved pedestrians

    • Pedestrian conflicts with jaywalking or illegally crossing pedestrians.
    • Say you’re turning left at a traffic light and you’re waiting in the intersection because there’s a lot of traffic. Then the light goes yellow. You start to turn, but you see there’s a pedestrian starting to walk across the road where he shouldn’t.
    • In this case, you should start to exit the intersection and honk at the pedestrian, asking him to hurry up and get out of the way.
    • Student drivers often don’t know what to do in this situation and they may fail the road test for not dealing with it properly. Many will hesitate inside the intersection after the light has gone yellow and wait patiently for the pedestrian.
    • However, if the light is yellow/red by that point, that pedestrian has no right to be there and while you can’t run him over, you should be starting to leave the intersection and alerting him. 





    • Steering issues: one hand on the wheel is not OK (not considered safe) 
    • hooking or palming the wheel are not OK (not considered safe) 
    • or improper use of the steering wheel when turning.
    • *Note: ICBC driver examiners do not care if you dry steer on the road test. However, if you do this habitually, your power steering components may wear prematurely and you may end up with costly repair bills.
    • (Perhaps they don’t care because you are using your vehicle, not theirs)
    • Use hand over hand, or shuffle steering (either one is fine; the most important thing is that you are controlling the vehicle).
    • You must use two hands on the wheel at all times, the exception being when you are reversing in a straight line
    • If you’re driving standard, just make sure to put your hand back on the wheel once you’re done shifting gears every time.
    • Also, I got a lot of questions about if you can take your hand off for a moment to scratch something or move your hair out of your eyes – yes, you are allowed to be human!


    Not seeing things you’re supposed to be seeing


    Girl squinting at you


    • Observation issues: not noticing yellow lights, not noticing pedestrians, not noticing playground/school zones, or not noticing turning restriction signs and turning against them (i.e. right turn on red light with turning restriction).
    • If you have these issues, you may need more practice/experience.


    Turning problems



    • Improper turning: this comes from a lack of training or insufficient practice – cutting corners on left turns or turning wide on right turns. 


    Basic Rules of the Road

    • Right of way confusion: not understanding which cars you have to wait for in different situations.


    Stop Signs eBook

    • Check out my eBook for new drivers on how to drive at intersections with stop signs, right of way, pedestrians, and proper vehicle positioning, plus more.


    Leaving a parking lot, lane, driveway

    • Did you know that you’re supposed to stop completely and treat as you have a stop sign, before exiting a parking lot, lane (back alley) or driveway?
    • This may cover the part where you leave the parking lot at the beginning of the road test.


    Scanning, especially at intersections

    • Lack of Scanning: You should be doing a left to right scan of intersections before you go through them, especially at 4-way stops, approaching traffic circle/roundabout and when you’re stopped at a red light and it changes to green.
    • Don’t just go through intersections without looking.
    • Don’t make the foolish assumption that just because there’s a stop sign or red light for the other drivers, that they’re actually going to stop and it’s safe for you to proceed through.


    Don’t be Subtle

    • Make it obvious on the road test that you are doing a good scan.
    • Turn your head and take a good look in each direction.
    • Is it actually safe to go?
    • Don’t just use the corner of your eyes because from the examiner’s point of view it looks like you aren’t looking at all.


    Train Tracks


    Close-up close-up shots of the tracks

    • Also if you’re going past some train tracks, even if they don’t have any stop sign or lights or anything, you should still scan and look for a possible train.
    • There probably isn’t one coming, but if you fight with one you will lose.  


    Illegal Lane Changing

    • Illegal lane changing: it’s illegal to lane change over a solid white line and while it’s not illegal to change lanes in an intersection, it is definitely frowned upon if not dangerous. 


    Freeway Merging


    car lights at night on the road going to the city

    • Merging on the freeway: You’re allowed to speed up to the speed limit that is on the freeway when you are driving on the acceleration ramp that leads onto the freeway.
    • Normally when your car passes the sign that says “If your vehicle can not do 60 km/hr, stay off the freeway,”, then that is considered the freeway ramp, which does not actually have a speed limit.
    • Just make sure you aren’t speeding up too early while you’re still in the 50 km/hr zone.
    • Match the flow of the traffic but do not go faster than the speed limit.
    • In other words, you generally do not want to merge onto the freeway at 60 km/hr (in good conditions) when the speed limit on the freeway is 90 km/hr. (This would be covered above where it says Do not drive like a Granny.)
    • Also, when you leave the freeway, generally you should not slow down while you’re still on it.
    • Wait until your vehicle is positively, fully and completely off the freeway and on the exit ramp Before you slow down, so that vehicles behind aren’t forced to slow down if they aren’t leaving.
    • Technically, these exit ramps do not have a speed limit either, and that yellow exit speed sign you see – since it’s a yellow sign – is a suggestion/recommendation; so you do not and should not normally have to slam on the brakes to get to that recommendation, you can slow down artfully or gradually.
    • ***** You do not have to merge onto the highway/freeway if you have your “L” and going for your “N” but you may (most likely) have to merge onto the freeway/highway if you are going for your Class 5 full license.*****


    Emergency Vehicles


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    • Know how to deal with Emergency Vehicles properly 
    • I have seen people fail road tests that would have otherwise been perfect because they either panicked or they didn’t act accordingly when an emergency vehicle was approaching.
    • New drivers don’t have much experience with this and it is a strange skill to practice for obvious reasons, so be sure to read up on it as much as you can and be aware of your surroundings.
    • Part of it is noticing the emergency vehicle (if it is coming up behind you and you have no clue because you never check your mirrors, then that’s a problem the examiner won’t be able to help but notice);
    • the other part is acting the proper way.


    Left turns at Traffic lights – Leaving the Intersection

    • Read this post on exiting the intersection on a left turn at traffic lights. Sure, don’t leave the intersection until it’s safe, but once it’s safe, don’t leave too slowly either:


    Shoulder Check before opening door

    • You must shoulder check (left) before you open your door.
    • You are looking for pedestrians and cyclists of course!



    • Improper reversing skills
    • Looking the wrong way while reversing, lack of 360 degree check before reversing, unsafe reversing.


    Hill Parking


    Parallel Parking


    Reverse Stall Parking


    Underground parking with cars. EPS 10 format.



    Hand Signals



    • Make sure you know your hand signals as the examiner will check and make sure you’re aware of how to do them. Hand Signals


    Defensive Driving


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    • There is a LOT of info on this website. Use the SEARCH Function if you’re looking for something specific!



    • Practice DRIVING – a  LOT! (Duh) If you’re having issues, get some lessons if you can.


    Quality and Quantity of Practice

    • Don’t just drive to work/school/dance/soccer/whatever. Being a good driver is not about memorizing a route and then going on autopilot, it is about learning the necessary skills so that you can drive anywhere, especially unfamiliar areas, with confidence and with ease.
    • One of the worst things you can do (aside from not practicing at all) is to drive the same roads all the time.
    • Go the long way home, challenge yourself, and get lost – it may be one of the best things you can do to improve your driving.


    Chances of Passing

    *** About 50% of people who go for the Class 7 road test (“L” drivers hoping to pass the road test to get their “N”) actually pass the test.

    • Getting an assessment driving lesson from an experienced instructor at a reputable driving school before going is highly recommended.***


    Examiners do not Trick You

    • Will the examiner try and trick you on the road test? 
    • NO, THEY DO NOT.
    • What I mean is they are not going to ask you to drive the wrong way down a one-way street or to do something illegal or unsafe
    • Remember: It’s a TEST after all, so they are not going to help you either, and they shouldn’t have to
    • Their job is not to trick OR to help you, but to ASSESS your skills 


    Q: Can you fail your road test for not turning right on a red light?



    Here’s some tips from ICBC:

    Let me know how it goes :).

    Many moons ago, Carmen became an ICBC-approved driving instructor at the age of 22 in North Vancouver, and has spent many years working with new and experienced drivers around the lower mainland. She can be found reading the Motor Vehicle Act for fun while receiving strange looks from others. May the quest for great driving continue!
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      • Jackson Eun

        Hello, thanks for great information! I just want to ask you about some road signs. If there is a school zone or playground zone sign with out speed limit, what would be the ideal speed to pass the test? Thank you again!

        • It’s still 50 km/hr then unless it says something else.

          • Jackson Eun

            Thank you!

      • ktsvelasco

        Can ICBC get your foreign license if you fail the road test within 3 months of your residency in BC? I believe that a PR with a foreign license can use it for 3 months. I’m not sure of the treatment when you fail a road test within that grace period.

        • Hi i am not too sure, best to just call icbc and ask. I think it might depend on which country.

      • ktsvelasco

        What if you’re taking your road test during spring break, should you follow the 30km school zone limit when passing by one?

        • School zones are in effect on school days only. Playground zones on the other hand… are in effect from dawn till dusk, every day of the year. So make sure you know the difference. And be aware there is summer school in some schools during summer, and they have another sign for that which is usually very obvious.

          • ktsvelasco

            Thanks for the information

      • Reed

        Going for my road test on Wednesday the 23rd of March!… SUPER nervous. More so for the Parallel parking piece!.. a little of everything! haha

      • Jason

        Hey Carmen, I just failed my N test due to a “Dangerous Action” and not Shoulder checking when turning into the turn lane. I received the dangerous action when I was parking uphill with a curb. I thought you slowly reverse and position your wheel so that it touches the curb, apparently not I received a dangerous action because of it. So in the future do I just turn the wheel the correct way, because many say to reverse a bit until the wheels touch the curb.

        • I don’t really get it. What did you do that was dangerous??

      • Niro

        Hi Carmen! I have a question about freeways. I live in Metro Vancouver. I was wondering if you could give me an example of one of Metro Vancouver’s freeways (which I believe you mentioned has no explicitly stated speed limit).

        Is the Trans-Canada highway (highway 1) a freeway? I was under the impression it had a speed limit of 80km/h.
        Is highway 99 a freeway?

        Thank you!!

        • Hey! Are you asking what the definition of a freeway is?

      • Quincy


        So I haven’t visited this site for awhile but I just wanted to let you know that I passed my N test (2nd attempt) yesterday with 0 errors.

        I owe it all to this amazing blog with such great informative content and tips, and simply want to say thank you!

      • Tanja

        Hi, I had my road test a few days ago and unfortunately I failed due to parallel parking :(
        But, I had one question in regards to hazardous perception. I was stopped at a residential road with available two hour parking on the road. I was asked to name 5 hazardous perceptions. There was construction on both sides so I mentioned that, plus a danger of having parking and driving in the same lane. What would the other three perceptions be?

      • Hey!! Do you mean “when” should you speed up?

      • Anon

        There are no speed limits on ramps. You also know that highways are 80 km/h unless posted. If you fail to speed up to the flow of highways, you could be impeding traffic. Once you get onto the ramp, you should be accelerating until you get up to the limit of the highway.

      • Pug

        Hi Carmen, great tips for the test!
        I have a question about the playground zone speed limitation. Once I was driving around a playground in maple ridge, and the sign says “30km/h when children on highway”. I could see children playing inside the playground, but there’re nobody actually on the road or the shoulder, so should I drive at 30 or 50 ? Thanks!

      • Gurwinder Singh

        can i use my own car in test in surrey bc?

      • “Examiners do not Trick You

        Will the examiner try and trick you on the road test?
        NO, THEY DO NOT.”

        Actually, this is how I failed my first ever road test when going from L to N. The examiner took me on a route where there was a hidden, unmarked playground zone. The playground was hidden down a hill, so it could not be seen from the road unless you already knew the area well enough to know it was there. The sign indicating that it was a playground zone was also missing completely. The examiner waited until we were back at the office before bothering to tell me I had failed, so I spent the 2nd half of my test following instructions and doing all the right things only to have him say “Sorry, you were speeding during your test, so you automatically failed.”

        • What I meant was they are not going to ask you to drive the wrong way down a one-way street or to do something illegal or something like that. It’s a test, so they are not going to help you either, and they shouldn’t have to; since that is their job to judge your unassisted driving skills.

          If you’re in a “hidden, unmarked playground zone” (Where is that by the way?) then the speed limit is not 30 km/hr, as all marked playground zones where the speed limit is 30 km/hr are required to be clearly marked. So perhaps you went a bit faster than the speed limit some other time during the road test? Did you get clarification? Did the examiner actually tell you that you were supposed to be psychic and know that that was a 30 km/hr playground zone without a sign? Did you go exactly 50 km/hr when you were in a 50 km/hr zone?

          Also, you pay for the road test at the beginning of the test before you go. So their opinion is that you may as well get your money’s worth and complete and whole test. That way, regardless of if you pass or do not pass, you will still have had a complete assessment done on ALL of your driving skills which means you will be able to receive feedback on ALL of the required skills; which means you have the opportunity to improve on ALL areas that may need it and become successful before your next attempt, rather than just receiving a partial review of some of the skills without the opportunity to improve on things that may need it.

          Also, they don’t want to distract you by telling you that you did not pass in the middle of the test while you’re driving down the road as that usually is highly distracting information. They would like you to focus on the driving task so that they can complete their assessment in a fair and safe way. They’re on a bit of a tight schedule as there are a lot of people waiting for road tests so it is more efficient to discuss the whole test at the end rather than to stop in the middle somewhere and then stop again at the end.

          Hope that helps.

          • This was in Kamloops, BC, just off Columbia Street. The guy told me that the playground zone was what caused me to fail, even though it was completely unmarked (I went back there on foot and spent a good while hunting for that sign because I thought maybe it was hidden by tree branches, but it just plain wasn’t there. I was highly angry.)

            Good point about why he wouldn’t want to tell me I failed in the middle of the test, though.

            • Oh. That sounds so weird. Yeah that would make me angry too. It doesn’t sound like it makes any sense.

              • If I were you I would go in there and ask the manager why you are supposed to be psychic,

      • Sanja Kc

        Hello! Please advise if any statute (the MVA, the regulations, etc.) or any ICBC driving booklet speaks to having to put a automatic vehicle into “park” gear or applying the park/emergency brake prior to exiting the vehicle. I know this is common sense, but I am looking to see if it is explicitly written anywhere. Thank you in advance.

      • Baiska

        Hello! I’m going to take the test soon but dont know how to deal with a situation on the picture. Which of the two cars has right of the way? Thanks for help!

        • Hi, I think those are meant to be stop signs not yield signs?? If so, this is usually treated as a 2-way stop situation and/or uncontrolled intersection(s). So whichever car arrived/stopped and then entered the intersection first should go first. If 2 cars arrive at the same time, the one going left should yield to the one going straight. Think of this as 2 different intersections.

          In other words, if those 2 got there at the same time, then the blue one has to yield because the red one is going “straight” (until he gets to the next “intersection”). If the blue one arrived before the red one, then the blue one would normally go first because he arrived/entered first.

          Of course, use caution as obviously it is confusing for many drivers and people may not know what to do.

      • shadownet

        My fifth attempt is tomorrow morning. I barely got any practicing done. I honestly am starting to care less about this now. If I pass, yay. If not, then whatever. I lose more of my pride and makes me look like a total loser.

        Any tips? I really want to pass but considering I had minimal practice…

      • Boo boo

        I’m curious. I usually end up being crooked when I’m done with regular parking. Is it okay to “readjust” during the road test in Nevada USA? Because that’s where I live. Thx

        • Hey I have no idea, but generally it’s Okay because that is what people do once in real life, driving alone with their full license, since we are all humans, we don’t do it perfectly. It is more important to do it safely and fix if necessary. :) Hope that helps.

          • Boo boo

            Okay thx. That’s all I was really worried about. :)

      • Quincy

        Hi again,

        I have yet another question before I take my N test this coming Thursday!

        This question is regarding 2-Way Stops.

        If Car A is turning left and Car B is going straight through or turning right, which vehicle should yield to who? Does it matter which car arrived at the Stop sign first in this scenario?

        Of course, through traffic always have the right-of-way since Car A & Car B are both facing Stop signs.


        • Hey, There is a great article on this over at DriveSmartBC:

          Basically a driver must yield to which ever car “enters after stopping” (not necessarily the one that just stops) the intersection first , however , I find many people are confused about this situation, especially because they have to pay attention to the left/right traffic.

          So always be cautious and never assume you “have the right of way”

          Let me know how your test goes!! :)

          • Quincy

            Thanks for the clarification, I guess I will try to use my best judgment when it comes to 2-Way Stops

            And definitely will do! This site has been super informative and helpful.

            Hoping for the best tomorrow!

            • Personally when I’m driving I just see which car stopped first and which car rolled into the intersection first. Also sometimes it’s obvious that a car is really aggressive or they really want to go first, and other times you can tell the driver is terrified and they will pretty much stare at you and wait for you to go first, so just do your best and remember you are facing each other so it’s not like you’re going to sneak up on each other, just try to work together. Some people wave and tell each other to go but it’s best to avoid this to avoid liability in the case they go and get into a collision after you told them to go; so it’s better to tell them what you want by the language of your vehicle (Staying stopped at the white line and NOT inching forward gives them a signal that you are waiting for them to go first, as you are not even trying to look left/right for the other traffic or attempting to go, While if you do inch forward and are trying to look left/right also, it looks like you’re getting ready to pull a move, right?)

              Hope that helps..

              • Quincy

                Hey again,

                Unfortunately, I didn’t pass today as I realized I made some mistakes while feeling some nerves, even though the overall exam wasn’t too difficult.

                Here’s my results sheet but ‘m not too sure on how to read it, haha.

                • There’s a post about it just google how to read your ICBC test results… Looks like mainly The right turns were the issue.

                  • Quincy

                    Thanks, I’ll take a look!

                    • Have you taken some lessons?

                      • Quincy


                        Yes I have taken lessons before which was a year and a half ago, and now I’ve only been driving and practicing with family now.

                        On another note, I was wondering what is the procedure for re-booking another road test after failing the first time. It says “Next Road Test (by appointment) not before 2 weeks on my results sheet. When I check online to book a test, the earliest one available is not until February.

                        In this case, do I simply go back to the ICBC office and tell them I didn’t pass the first time?


      • John

        After I make a turn, and my wheel is recovering, am I allowed to just loosen the grip on the wheel and let it slide back to the proper position?
        Thanks! :)

        • Yes you can, as long as you are controlling the car and your turn is proper, it’s fine.

      • Quincy

        Hi there,

        I have my 7N road test this Thursday at 8AM Burnaby Centre (first attempt). Feeling a bit nervous, even though I have driven for quite awhile now.

        I have a question regarding Right Turns on Red Lights for intersections. Can you fail the test if you choose not to do a Right Turn on a Red Light and instead wait for a Green Light?


        • No! But it is good to show the examiner that you do realize that you “could” turn right on a red, so if you do decide to wait for the green at least look towards the left like you are looking for traffic or inch the vehicle forward a bit if it’s safe rather than just blankly looking into space, lol. Then they know that you are at least educated about it :) If not they might wonder if you are properly trained overall.

          • Quincy

            Thanks for the response, appreciate it!

        • (since most people do try to turn right on a red light if they can)

      • Greg

        Hi, I have my road test for my Class 5 in Richmond tomorrow (second attempt) and want to clarify some things when leaving the highway. Last time I failed because I was going too slow (apparently impounding traffic behind me) when I left the highway. I saw the yellow 50km sign way before and dipped down to 60-65 before the examiner told me I should speed up during my road test. My question is, when should I slow down when I leave the highway? The one in Richmond is a bit tricky (Exiting to Shell Road):,-123.1057105,3a,75y,140.17h,63.67t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s_TJzBk6O40tIMdLXOlNBqQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

        Would it be appropriate to only start slowing down after the dashed line (bus lane merges onto highway)?

        The exit path starts way earlier than the Google maps shown (if you click back a bit you’ll see when the exit path starts to diverge and the 50km yellow sign appears). So even if I see that yellow 50km sign, should I still go roughly 90km/hr? Essentially I’m still on the highway, but have stones on my left dividing me from the general flow of traffic.

        • Hey

          There is technically no speed limit on the freeway exit lane/exit ramp, so usually there is no need to slam on the brakes from 90 to 50 when you see the sign. If it’s yellow sign then it’s a recommendation not a legal requirement. Usually you want to stay the same speed as traffic flow without speeding for as long as you are still on the freeway, you don’t want to make the cars behind or around You slow down if you don’t have to, when your car actually gets to the 50 sign you may gradually begin slowing or ease off the gas pedal or in some cases you may continue at highway speed for a bit, depending on circumstances .. When you actually are off the ramp and have turned into a new road then the speed limit might be 50 again or you need an otherwise good reason to slow down, for example you can’t turn a corner going 90 right? So look far ahead and determine the correct speed based on all of those things… Hope that helps.

          • Greg

            Thanks for the tip. However, I’m still just a little bit confused on why I failed last time (and hopefully not for the same reason again tomorrow). When I slowed down, there was only one lane on the lane I was on (in other words, everyone behind me had to also be leaving since there were blockades on the left as shown on Google maps). So in essence, the lane I on was completely separate than the flow of traffic on the highway since we have a blockade. However, I’m still technically on the same road as them (the path is still vertical). So should I only start slowing down when my road starts curving out? I’m not sure if this makes sense, but if you have a look at the link I sent it might be easier to comprehend my situation. Sorry for the confusion! I just really hope I don’t fail again tomorrow for the same mistake :(

            • I am not sure why you failed since I was not there to see how you were driving. however, if you’re slowing down there should be a good reason. Slowing down for no reason on the highway can be dangerous and could cause road rage.

              • Petr

                So is yellow sign with 50km/h Slowing down for no reason? If it is, so why they put it there? And why there is statement in ICBC sign document saying: slow to advisory
                speed shown.

                I also didn’t pass in this exactly same road, cause I don’t know a road and after this yellow sign 50km/h is bridge so it looks like there will be intersection soon, after bridge is hill so you also can’t see anything in front of you so it made sense to me, that if there was yellow sign and I can’t really see where is end of lane I should slow down cause I don’t want to turn in 90km/s.

                I think this is just trap on students, cause if you don’t know the road you slow down to advisory speed, but you can’t know there is another kilometer of line, so instructor can say, you was driving too slow with no reason.

                • Hey, there’s good reason for those yellow signs. But because they are yellow in colour it means it’s a very wise idea (not necessarily the law) that you follow them. They are not there for decoration; usually there’s a good reason such as a curve, hill, blind driveway, or in the case of coming off the freeway, there will likely often times be a stop sign/ red light or intersection so driving around say 50 km/hr is much smarter than 90 km/hr, technically there are no speed limits on entry and exit ramps to the freeway.

      • Jenn

        Hi, is it okay to use both hands on the steering wheel when backing up in a straight line if I’m more comfortable doing it that way or no? I did it that way for my first driving test but the examiner never said I was wrong for doing so, however I’m not sure how other examiners would react to me doing it that way. Thanks