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Whether you are a teenager trying to learn the art of driving, or you are an experienced driver who wants to learn defensive driving skills, you need to find a reliable driving school. Unfortunately, although there are many driving schools in Ottawa, most of them are not worthy of your attention. As such, you have to do your due diligence to ensure that you pick a driving school with the necessary resources to make you a good and efficient driver. Below are some of the reasons we are the best Ottawa driving school.

Qualified Instructors

Of course, it is important for you to learn driving from the most qualified people. Our qualified instructors are part of the reason we are the best Ottawa driving school. We pride ourselves on a team of highly trained, qualified driving instructors who are committed to the highest standards of professionalism. In addition to teaching you how to drive properly and safely, they will help you understand how you should take good care of your vehicle to ensure that it does not put your life in danger due to mechanical issues. These professionals will also teach you how to perceive hazards on the road and how you need to respond to the hazards.

Advanced Training Facilities

In addition to professional driving instructors, is also equipped with everything you need to learn to become a good driver. For instance, we have highly advanced simulators that help us create a virtual driving experience in our classrooms. We also have textbooks that will also help you in your learning process. Last but not least, we have modern vehicles and a designated area for practice, and therefore, our learners have everything they need to practice what they learn in classrooms.

Flexibility

At our driving school, we understand that every learner is different, and the time of the day they are available for classes can differ significantly. Therefore, we offer flexible lesson times to make it convenient for all our learners to learn to drive without significantly interrupting their schedules. Therefore, whether you are working or attending college, we are willing to listen to you and come up with a convenient learning schedule for you to attend your driving classes at the time of your choice.

The Takeaway

Overall, it is apparent that If you want to become a good driver, you need to start by choosing a driving school that has what it takes to help you learn the art of driving. This is what our driving school is known for. We have the necessary expertise and resources to make you an excellent driver. Therefore, if you are looking for the best Ottawa driving school, our driving school is the answer. Feel free to contact us or visit our driving schools today for more information about us and what we do.

You should also read: Top 5 reasons to use a qualified driving instructor

Top 5 Reasons to use a Qualified Driving Instructor

There is no denying that some people learn to drive from their relatives and friends. However, it is worth noting that learning to move a motor vehicle from one point to another does not necessarily make you a driver. There is a lot you need to learn to become an efficient driver. This is why learning driving from non-professionals is not advisable. Indeed, road safety experts recommend professional driving instructors. But why exactly is important to learn driving from a qualified Ottawa driving instructor?

Learn to Perceive Hazards
Learning to stay safe on the road is one of the most important skills you need to learn as a driver. Unfortunately, other than asking you to watch the road, there isn’t much your relatives or friends can teach you when it comes to road safety. On the other hand, professionals will equip you with technical skills that will enable you to quickly perceive hazards as traffic situations unfold. The technical skills you will learn from your Ottawa driving instructor will help you maintain maximum control over your vehicle and make it easier for you to swiftly respond to hazards on the road.

Professional Driving Instructors Helps your Focus
When you are learning to drive from a relative or a friend, the risk of digressing will always be there. On the other hand, your relationship with your Ottawa driving instructor will be purely professional, and there will be no room for digressing. Therefore, you will be in a better position to remain focused and learn more things within a relatively shorter time.

Driving Instructors Have Safer Vehicles for Learners
Although your relatives or friend care about your safety, they have little control over your car even when they are seated next to you. On the other hand, diving instructors have vehicles that are designed to keeps learners safe. For instance, their vehicles are fitted with dual control peddles to give the instructors more control and keep learners out of danger.

Learn to Take Care of Your Vehicle
While learning driving from an Ottawa driving instructor will not make you a mechanic, it will equip you with basic knowledge about motor vehicle mechanics. Therefore, in addition to learning how to drive, you will get to learn how a motor vehicle works and how you should take care of your vehicle to ensure that you don’t end up driving a car with mechanical problems that can put your safety at risk.

Improve Your Chances of Passing your Driving Test
After learning to drive, you have to take a driving test before you can receive your driver’s license. Learning to drive from a qualified Ottawa driving instructor will significantly improve your odds of passing the test. In other words, it will make it easier for you to get your driver’s license within a relatively shorter time.

The Takeaway
As you can see, although you can learn to drive from your parents or even friends, it is not advisable. Seeking the services of a qualified Ottawa driving instructor will help you learn much more than just moving your car from one point to another, which will consequently make you a better and more efficient driver.

Taking your G2?  You might want to read this article: Ottawa G2 Test

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As a new Ottawa Driver, your choice of professional ottawa driving instruction may be the best way to put yourself safely in the driver’s seat.

A beginner driver education (BDE) course in a driving school that has been approved by the provincial government can teach you the skills and attitudes you need to be a safe and responsible driver. The BDE course may also make you eligible to take your road test sooner and allow you to save money on insurance premiums.

As well as teaching the basics, driver training emphasizes strategic driving techniques, positive driving attitudes and behavior, avoiding driver distractions, risk perception and management, freeway driving, night driving and driving in adverse conditions. Most programs are designed for new drivers, but many driving schools also provide courses and services to upgrade your skills.

If you graduate from an approved BDE course, this will be noted in your driver’s licence history, and will reduce the time you must spend at Level 1 by four months. It may also bring you savings on your car insurance.

All ministry-licensed driving schools offer in-class and in-car training for a fee. All lessons are taught by a ministry-licensed driving instructor.

Ministry-approved BDE courses, offered by driving schools, must last a minimum of 40 hours. This may consist of at least 20 hours in-class, 10 hours in-vehicle and 10 hours of flexible instruction that may include the following:

  • Classroom driving instruction.
  • Computer-based instruction.
  • In-vehicle instruction.
  • Driving simulator instruction.
  • Home links (homework).

The ministry licenses all driving schools offering a BDE course in Ottawa. Licenses are renewed every three years, if driving schools continue to meet legislative and program requirements. Only licensed instructors working for licensed schools can teach the BDE course.

All ministry-approved driving schools are listed on the ministry’s website under www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/dandv/driver/gradu/approve.shtml.

Note: The ministry also lists revoked driving schools that are not on the list of approved schools. Go to www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/dandv/driver/gradu/revoked.shtml.

Look at the website for an active ministry-approved driving school that offers high-quality instruction and a comfortable learning environment. Please make sure the school offers a ministry-approved BDE course of a minimum of 40 hours. The school should also be equipped with up-to-date videotapes, DVDs, projectors, overheads, computers, and other audio-visual aids.

To help you choose the best driving school and course for you, please use the following checklist:

  • Course information package
  • Personalized program
  • Adequacy of classroom facilities and related amenities
  • Low student/teacher ratio
  • Audiovisual equipment
  • In-class topics covered
  • In-vehicle topics covered
  • Flexible instruction covered
  • Instructor qualifications and experience
  • Regular instructor upgrading
  • Student progress and evaluation reports
  • Minimum 20 hours of classroom instruction, 10 hours behind-the-wheel instruction and 10 hours of flexible instruction
  • Modern training materials
  • Use of vehicle for road test
  • Tuition receipts
  • Clear school-contract statements regarding the cost of every aspect of the course, including use of vehicle for road test and any subsequent road test
  • Testimonials/references – history of excellent teaching, proper treatment and respect of all students with no discrimination of any type (see the Ontario Human Rights Code)
  • Number of years in business
  • Consumer protection insurance

Ottawa G2 TEST

Ottawa G2 Test Tips | Ottawa Driving Instructor

1)Walkey Road’s speed limit is 50. Don’t forget that.


2)You’ll be asked to parallel park behind a big concrete slab before you leave the drive test centre. It’s super easy because there are no cars behind it. Just take your time.


3)You’ll be asked to three point turn at the end of a dead end street.


You’ll also be asked to hill park. Remember which way to turn your wheel depending on the direction of the slope (up/down) and if there is a curb or not. Also remember to engage the hand break.


You’ll be asked to do an emergency stop. Pull over to the right shoulder, stop and put your hazard lights on. Put on your hand break. Park the car.


Keep looking at your mirrors. Glance every few seconds. It seems excessive but they need to check this off on their list.


Never turn without checking your blind spot. It should go without saying that the same can be said for changing lanes.


Always move into the right-most lane as soon as you get a chance (if you make a left tun, you’ll end up in the left lane, then you’ll want to get into the right lane as quickly as possible).


Interestingly enough you won’t have to reverse stall park. I was surprised by this. You simply drive in forward into a stall at the end of your test.


Make sure all the lights in your car work. Before the test you’ll be asked to hit the breaks, signal left, and signal right. They are checking to make sure all of your lights are functioning.


Know where the hazard light button is at in your car! My brother rented a car and simply couldn’t find it during his test. It was a very embarrassing way of failing the test.


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I took and passed my G road test at the Walkley DriveTest Centre in Ottawa. Here are a few tips as well as the usual test route map form your Ottawa Driving Instructor.

Booking your G road test

Go to DriveTest and click on “Book a road test.” Enter your email address, confirm, then enter your driver’s license number and expiry date.

If you’re eligible for a G road test, you’ll see a calendar with dates available. Pick one and confirm.

You will get a confirmation message at the end of the session. A similar message will be sent to the email address you provided.

Book early!

I didn’t need the confirmation for the road test, but keep a digital copy handy just in case.

Parking and registering at the Walkley Ottawa DriveTest centre

Park at the designated spot to the left of the building. Walkley road test 101 is to back into the spot as you will probably notice—I mean, have you ever seen a Canadian parking lot with all cars parked in reverse?!

Go register at the kiosk inside the centre. Enter your driver’s licence number, car licence plate and colour, then answer a few questions regarding your highway experience (number and length of highway trips). You must have enough highway experience to take the G test. Remember these numbers, the examiner will double check with you.

Get a number and go sit in your car.

Preliminary checks

The examiner will stand outside the car and ask for your driver’s licence. Then a basic vehicle check will be performed. You will have to activate the turn signal (right, left), press on the brake, honk the horn (the exact instruction was “beep beep,” I had no idea what he meant at first!) and activate the turn signals again.

Read Road Tests – Vehicle Requirements before the test to make sure the car you’re using is okay.

The examiner will take the passenger seat and explain the test briefly. You won’t be asked to do anything illegal, you should obey all traffic rules, etc. You will be asked if you’re okay to drive and if you have the required highway driving experience (this is when you may be asked again how many times you drove on highways).

I was also reminded to make it very obvious when I’m checking mirrors and blind spots.

Three-point turn and parallel parking maneuvers

The three-point turn and parallel parking tests are both performed in the fenced area behind the test centre. Start the car and turn right.

You have plenty of space for the three-point turn.

Parallel parking can be tricky because the “car” is a block of concrete. On the plus side, there’s no other car behind you.

Walkley #1 G road test route

After the three-point turn and parallel parking, you will leave the parking lot—it’s called a “road test,” not a “parking test” after all!

The two main components of the G road test are:

  • Merging
  • Switching lanes

There are two main test routes—according to local wisdom and my instructors, 80% of the time, you will take the one described below.

Basically:

  • If you’re told to turn left on Walkley, you’ll be taking the most common test route, the Airport Parkway.
  • If you’re told to turn right on Walkley, you’ll take the longer 417 route.

Here is exact Airport Parkway route (few variations in the residential neighbourhood).

This video is a great way to visualize it.

Test route steps and highlights

Turning left onto Walkley Road sounds easier than it is. Check traffic on your left and pull up straight onto the central divider. Stop, check traffic on your right and merge onto Walkley. The tricky part is this damn central divider, plus a lot of road and foot traffic (the test centre is a busy area!).

You’re going to stay on Walkley for a little while. As soon as it’s safe to do so, switch lane (the examiner won’t say anything). Keep in mind the speed limit is 50 km/hour on Walkley. There’s also a lot of traffic and many red lights.

Once you cross Bank Street, be prepared to turn left to merge onto the Airport Parkway. The examiner will remind you that the speed limit on Walkley is 80 km/hour.

You will be told to take the Hunt Club West exit. It’s right after the bridge.

Slow down. You will be asked to turn left. Before merging onto Hunt Club Road, make a full stop, check for pedestrians, then pull forward a bit at the green line. Check for traffic—there’s a lot of it. You may have to wait until cars coming from the left have the red light.

Stay on Hunt Club Road until the examiner tells you to turn right, usually at McCarthy.

You will be in a residential neighbourhood. Speed limit is 50 km/hour, sometimes 40 km/hour. At one point in this neighbourhood, you’ll be asked to do an emergency stop (check, signal, stop parallel to the curb, turn on your hazard lights, put the car in park and set the parking brake).

You will eventually exit the residential neighbourhood and go back to Hunt Club Road.

You will be asked to turn left to take the Airport Parkway again. Wait for the green arrow.

You will exit the Airport Parking at Walkley, then drive back to the test centre. Watch out, it’s easy to miss it! Remember the bus stop right before it and the two flagpoles.

You will be asked to park behind the test centre.

All done!

The examiner said “congratulations on getting your full G licence, just go inside the test centre” and that was it.

The test lasted exactly 30 minutes.

Additional tips

Make it very obvious when you check mirrors and blind spots. Turn your head left and right every time you cross an intersection (even if you have the green light).

You will be asked to switch lanes many times on Walkley and Hunt Club.

Make sure you stay at 50 or 52 km/hour on Walkley (most cars drive much faster…).

Always use the rightmost lane. The examiner won’t tell you to change lane when you first merge onto Walkley.

Finding an Ottawa driving instructor

If you’re going for the G road test, you should have plenty of driving experience. That said, I don’t think it’s a good idea to show up at the road test without any prep whatsoever. At the very least, take the road test a few times. It doesn’t hurt to check The Official Ministry of Transportation (MTO) Driver’s Handbook (the online version is free!).

I did a few hours of practice with an instructor before the test. I don’t drive very often and for some reason, I was very scared of the road test. I got plenty of tips and I gained confidence, so money well spent. I’ll be happy to share references if needed, just leave a comment.

I found my instructor on Kijiji and he charged $40/hour. Plenty of driving schools, many of them located around Bank Street, also offer G test packages.

After the test

Bad news—the road test was the easy part. I found the test centre super confusing and the only employee I dealt with was very rude. I swear I’m a polite Canadian and I was in a good mood after passing the test!

Basically, you’re supposed to pick up a temporary licence—good luck finding the right lineup and booth.

May the force be with you!

Temporary G licence
Temporary G licence

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A female teen driver getting lessons in-car with her driving instructor.
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Provincial Accreditation Standards

Most provinces accredit driving schools to ensure a minimum standard of instruction. This accreditation makes it easier to choose a good one. Although the schools may vary significantly in terms of price, location, instructor-student ratio, and other factors, you know they at least meet the basics required to provide effective driver training.

Look for confirmation that the school adheres to these standards. You can look on the website of the accrediting body in your province for a list of member schools. In Ontario, that’s the Ministry of Transportation (MTO), in Quebec the Driving School Association of Quebec, and in Alberta, it’s Alberta Transportation.

Among the standards schools have to meet are the content of their courses. In Ontario, that means they must offer 40 hours of total instruction in a beginner driver education program, with at least 20 hours of classroom teaching.

What to Look for in a Driving School

Beyond meeting the basic requirements, you want to look for signs that the driving school will give your teen a quality educational experience that exceeds the minimum. Here are some things to consider:

Class size. In Ontario, there can be no more than 40 students in a class but MTO says 24 is the ideal number.

Balance between in-class and in-vehicle training. MTO says there should be no more than 2 hours in-vehicle training per day, and no more than 1 hour after 5 hours of classroom instruction.

Instructor to student ratio. This should be small to ensure focused attention. For in-vehicle training, there should be no more than two students for every instructor.

Course availability. Find a school whose location and schedule works for your teen.

Instructor consistency. Double-check that the same instructor will cover all parts of the beginner driver education course. If not, know ahead of time if it is team-taught or if the instruction days are shared between individuals.

Facility and vehicle quality. Visit the school to see where your teen will learn. It should be clean and professional, and the vehicles should be safe and up-to-date on maintenance.

Curriculum content. A comprehensive course will go beyond simple driving techniques. It will include risk management, dealing with challenging conditions, and defensive driving. It will also cover strategies for night driving and highway driving.

Cost. Ask for a breakdown of course fees. You may not necessarily want the cheapest school, but you do want to know what you’re paying for — and what’s an optional add-on. Some schools may allow your teen to use a specific car for a test, for example, but only in exchange for an additional charge.

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