TEST - The DriveSmart Refresher

ICBC LogoEveryone else is the problem, I'm a good driver! Despite the current average of about 960 crashes each day in B.C. we all tend to think that we are better than average drivers. Well, it's time to prove it to yourself (or not).

Not to be confused with DriveSmartBC, ICBC has launched the Drive Smart Refresher Test. It's a 20 question driving knowledge test that experienced drivers should be able to ace every time they take it.

If you can't, it's time to brush up. The Learn to Drive Smart and Tuning Up for Drivers guides are only a click away!

Update: ICBC advises that as of August 1, 2018 over 45,000 people have taken this test. If the 80% pass standard faced by a new driver is applied, over 18,000 or 40% failed the test. People taking the test had the most difficulty with what to do around emergency vehicles, minimum following distances and the meaning of road signs.



Far out!

It might have been a while since you took your Learner’s, but your driving knowledge is still pretty impressive!

All Experienced Drivers Should Get 20/20

It's really not a difficult test as long as you take the time to read and consider all the answers, then choose the best one.


I just took the test (got 100%) but am impressed that the questions make you think much more than they did in the past.

Got one

Got one wrong.


You're driving 90km/h in the left lane of a multi-lane highway in a rural area. Must you move over to the right?

Way I read the MVA you are to keep "Right" except to "Pass"

Unless any vehicle approaches from behind, you may stay in the left lane to keep a greater distance from any wildlife on the road.


What if the wildlife on the road isn't displaying any flashing lights?

Do you think it would still be wise to not only move into another lane, but maybe to slow down a bit (or quite a lot) too?

I know what I would do ... 

Left Lane

May have read your response wrong what I was trying to point out is in the sample test that one can go to the questions is:

"Your driving 90km/h in the left lane of a multi-lane highway in a rural area. Must you move over to the Right?

In 2015 there was a change to the MVA that one is to "Keep Right Except to Pass". To what I remember you are only suppose to use the right lane for overtaking, preparing to turn left, moving to allow traffic to merge onto the highway or moving over to pass emergency equipment.

Trouble is when you allow exceptions if that is what ICBC is pointing out in their quiz you end up with the left lane bandit that stays in the lane regardless if there is traffic behind them on not. There are far to many people on the road that have never figured out what those funny things on the side of their vehicle along with one in the centre of the windshield with mirrors in them.They expect you to move around them rather than the fact they should be in the right lane.

As for avoiding game, that is a tricky one. Saw a driver hit a deer that had bounded onto the highway and he switched from the right lane to the left only to hit the deer head on. I was ahead of the other vehicle stayed in the right and missed it.

My philosophy is to slow down stay where you are and take your evasive action if needed at the last minute. I've seen animals come from the left side of the road get almost to the right and turn around and go back. You never know where they are going to go. I would not say any lane is safer than another.


If a tree falls in the forest, etc ...

Forgive me for being somewhat facetious with the flashing lights comment. Actually, I think you and I are on the same page pretty much.

The problem with those multiple-choice questions is that they don't actually determine whether the applicant understands rationally (or legally) what's being asked so much as whether they have read, and memorized, the relevant section of the driving guide.

I came across a question about following another vehicle on a gravel road, and chose a 6-second gap as being the best answer, only to be told I was 'wrong' because the answer in the guide is a 4-second gap. As far as I'm concerned, the fool that created that question hasn't driven much on gravel roads, and dealt with the flying rocks and/or dust clouds that can come from the vehicle ahead. But dammit, my answer wasn't wrong so far as I'm concerned.

I came across another question about how you should behave at uncontrolled intersections, and there was a depiction of a four-way intersection with both roads having yellow centre-lines on them. Probably the same fool came up with that one, because standard practice in Canada and the US is only to have controlled intersections when there's a yellow centre-line. I could go on ... apparently, if two vehicles are facing each other at a 4-way Stop with one of them going straight and the other one intending a left turn, the left-turner should wait for the oncoming vehicle to proceed - but there's no law to support that! 4-way Stops don't exist in the MVA. Fact is, the first driver to enter the intersection after stopping should be given the right-of-way per Section 186. And so on ...

Meanwhile, going back to the question of which lane to use? I've done a lot of long distance highway driving around and between BC and Alberta over the years, oftentimes at night when traffic is minimal. When there are no other vehicles on the road, my choice is to drive where there's the most space, even if it means straddling the dotted white line separating the lanes. Illegal? Absolutely! Safe and wise? Damn right! I know that the greatest hazard is encountering a wild animal, and so far I've managed to avoid them furry critters and only once had to use an evasive action to avoid conflict. Sometimes, common sense has to rule over what it says in the mighty Motor Vehicle Act.

Didn't hit that question. So

Didn't hit that question. So I would have got two wrong out of 21:)

Mentioned in my post on speed limits tonight that I have probably put more miles on dirt and gravel roads than pavement. Reading what you posted here I know that you have driven on roads where 4 seconds behind you would not see where you are going. And that could be from dust or flying snow.

We all use what works best for us for avoiding animals. On bush roads don't have much wiggle room. Even now most of my highway driving is done on two lanes although that is changing yearly as more 4 lane gets added.

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