Getting your Ontario Driver's Licence (Part 3)

[Shots of young woman driving her car with a driving instructor in the passenger seat in a residential neighbourhood.]

NARRATOR >> This is the third video in our series on "Getting your Ontario Driver's Licence." In this video we're going to show you how to get your G2 Licence. Once you've had your G1 for at least 12 months, or 8 if you've completed an approved Beginner Driver's Education course, you're probably going to begin feeling that you're ready for your G2 and that you'd like to shed some of those G1 driving conditions.

[Young woman sits at her laptop in her bedroom.]

NARRATOR >> First, you need to go online or call and book an appointment for your G1 road test at your local DriveTest Examination Centre.

[Young woman drives through a residential neighbourhood with a driving instructor.]

NARRATOR >> Passing the G1 Road Test advances you to the G2 level, which has fewer conditions and gives you more independence as you keep developing your driving skills.

[Young woman is driving on a 400-series highway.]

NARRATOR >> In G2 you can also start getting some experience driving on 400 series highways, and other high speed expressways such as the QEW, the Don Valley Parkway, the Gardiner Expressway or the Conestoga Parkway.

[Young woman enters the DriveTest centre and checks in witgh reception. Young woman shows person at desk her licence.]

NARRATOR >> On the day of your G1 road test appointment, you should arrive at the DriveTest Centre at least 30 minutes ahead of your scheduled test time. That will give you plenty of time to get checked in with your paperwork and get ready to start the test at your scheduled time.

[Young woman heads out to a her car in the parking lot for her examination.]

NARRATOR >> Once checked in, you should return to your car. And the first available examiner will meet you there for your test.

[An examiner goes out into the parking lot and enters the car where the young woman is waiting.]

NARRATOR >> No one else can accompany you for the actual test. It will just be you and the examiner. For the test, bring a road-worthy vehicle to drive, 2 pieces of acceptable ID, and wear your glasses or contacts, if you need them. Basically on the G1 road test, the examiner puts drivers through the normal maneuvers they'll need in everyday driving.

[Inside the car, the young woman speaks with the examiner and starts the test.]

NARRATOR >> It'll involve starting off, backing up, driving along the street, navigating intersections, left and right turns and parking, including on a slope. Examiners will check that these manoeuvres are done safely, legally and with confidence. Most people are pretty well prepared but some of the more common problems are failing to yield the right of way, unsafe lane changes, speeding or going too slowly, failing to obey road signs or traffic signals, and of course any loss of control - for example, jumping a curb while parking would be a problem. There's a lot on a driver's plate when they first start driving but if they've been conscientious about their training and value safety they're usually fine. The examiners aren't looking to fail anyone, they just want to make sure new drivers are going to drive properly and aren't a danger to themselves or others; and the really great thing about all of this is once you pass you'll have earned way more driving independence.

[Young woman driving the car with the driving examiner next to her in the passenger seat.]

NARRATOR >> In G2 you will no longer need an accompanying driver, you'll be able to drive on any road at any time though teen drivers still need to limit the number of teen passengers after midnight.

[Shot of young woman acquiring the handbook at the driving examination centre.]

NARRATOR >> The official driver's handbook has all the details. It's available on the Ministry of Transportation's website.

[Young woman getting into her car alone and putting on her seatbelt. She then driving through a residential neughbourhood.]

NARRATOR >> G2 still has a zero blood alcohol concentration requirement, seatbelt condition, late night teen passenger limit and escalating sanctions for driver's who break the rules. If new drivers are convicted of violating any of the graduated licensing conditions or any driving offence that results in 4 or more demrit points, the first offence is a license suspension for 30 days. That means no more driving. Second offence, 90 days. Third...the driver's licence is taken away: and they will have to restart the Graduated Licensing Program.

[Young Woman re-enters the Drivers Test location with her examiner after the examination.]

NARRATOR >> Drivers can't stay with a G1 license forever. They have 5 years from the start of G1 to get their full G licence otherwise they'll have to start over.

[Young Woman speaks to desk clerk and acquires a print-out about her licence.]

NARRATOR Now you should have a better idea of what to expect from the G1 Road Test. But remember, even once you're in G2 you're not quite done, you still need to get your full G. The find out more, check out our video: The G2 Road Test and Getting Your Full G License.

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