Q: Do you have to stay to the right (automatically lane change to the right lane without being instructed to do so?)
Answer: No! During the road test there is a set route (or routes). The examiner will direct you where to go very clearly. If there are no instructions, it means go straight or follow the road, whichever comes first.
Having said that, examiners do want to see your skill level and encourage drivers to do things they might do in real life, such as lane change to move around a left-turning vehicle for example.
In BC it is law that vehicles keep to the right lane except to pass while driving on a highway or freeway only. When driving on city streets you may drive in the left lane if you want, regardless of being faster than the car beside you.
Carmen C. is the founder of DrivingInstructorBlog.com After becoming an ICBC-GLP (Graduated Licensing Program) driving instructor at the age of 22, she worked for about 8 years teaching driving lessons in beautiful North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
In 2012 she decided to pour her knowledge into a website and share this information with the world! 🌎 She no longer teaches, but enjoys writing and maintaining this blog, creating abstract art when inspired, and photography.