Driving Practice Areas – 5+ Calm Places in Van/Burnaby

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When you’re a fresh driver it can be a challenge to find appropriate driving practice areas without worrying too much about other traffic. Somewhere you can simply work on controlling your vehicle and getting used to things in a gradual way with potentially low-stress levels… or less high, shall we say.

Over the years I have found some spots that I like.

For a new driver who has never driven before (once you’ve graduated from the parking lot if applicable) and wants to practice basic car control, stop signs, hidden stop signs, basic right of way rules for driving.

Burnaby Heights residential area

GOOGLE MAP to burnaby heights Opens in a new tab.

One of the problems with this area is some of the streets are very narrow with parked vehicles.  

However, it’s pretty quiet. Watch for traffic circlesOpens in a new tab. – these are difficult for new drivers and most new drivers do not steerOpens in a new tab. a sufficient amount.

So avoid at first or drive very very slowly, they require a lot more steering than you may originally think! (1 km/hr).

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Oak Street & 25th Area – Vancouver

You don’t really have a large area to work with and may end up driving in circles (squares)… but it’s good for fresh drivers wanting to just get a feel for things without worrying about pesky other humans.

It is surrounded by high-intensity roads like Granville, so make sure you know where your edges are. Doesn’t seem like much forgiveness on them roads.

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North Vancouver – Sutherland Highschool Area

This area can be somewhat busier than the others but is generally good; busy around school hoursOpens in a new tab., it’s much quieter on weekends.

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There are also very glorious driving practice areas around 25th and Arbutus in beautiful Vancouver

This is perfect for a brand-new driver as it is super quiet, generally

arbutus and king edward driving area for practice

Once those areas are too easy, then you can graduate to similar driving practice areas that have more traffic, like this area of Burnaby:

Burnaby: Gilmore/Hastings area

Much busier, but similar to the other areas in terms of types of intersectionsOpens in a new tab..

I love this area because you can drive there for a long time and learn a lot about 2 way stopsOpens in a new tab., 4 way stopsOpens in a new tab., right of wayOpens in a new tab., and practice your turningOpens in a new tab. at the same time.

It gets busy in rush hour but can be quite nice on the weekends and evenings.

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Once this is too easy, then you can graduate to any other area that has similar types of intersections

And once you’re bored of that, maybe you’re ready for a busier street?

If it is your first time ever trying the main road (a busy street with multiple lanes) one of my favorites is King Edward Ave in Vancouver.

It is long, it is generally wide and generally divided so oncoming traffic is a lot further away from you. This is simply more relaxing for both driver and passenger.

And you can keep going in both directions to the very end and find yourself with easy access to residential areas where you can turn around or stop.

It’s good for practicing traffic light anticipationOpens in a new tab., lane changingOpens in a new tab., and all of that exciting stuff that goes along with it. Of course, there are a thousand other roads that would work well also. This is a bit random, but do you need to brush up on your Blind SpotsOpens in a new tab. in a Car?

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Carmen Cohoe

Carmen became a driving instructor at the age of 22 in beautiful North Vancouver, BC, and taught many drivers for almost a decade including brand new drivers, drivers from various countries, and seniors, using automatic & standard vehicles and a minivan. She created BC Driving Blog in 2012.

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