Could YOU Pass a Driving Knowledge Test?

Question MarkOne of our local newspapers has a Beefs and Bouquets section that I often find entertaining. Many of the beefs concern drivers who don’t follow the rules but occasionally I scratch my head and wonder if the “beefer” could pass a driving knowledge test.

What have you done in the recent past to learn something new or review what you already know about driving?

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I've been driving for about 3 decades now and spent two of them in traffic law enforcement. One would think that I should have a pretty good grasp of the rules and practices in order to be a good driver. Perhaps I do, but when I sit down and do an on line driving knowledge test I don't always get 100% of the questions right. Do you?

Driving Knowledge Test On Line

ICBC Driving Knowledge Test

ICBC has two tests, the On Line Driving Knowledge Test for new drivers to use when studying to obtain their Learner's class 7L or 8L licence and the Road Sign Recognition Test. Both consist of 25 random questions that give immediate feedback and the practice test questions link to the appropriate place in the driver's manual for further information.

The Richmond Public Library hosts a test on their web site that you can configure to your needs before you start. The class of driver's licence and number of test questions are chosen by the user before the test is generated.

Commercial Drivers

The most comprehensive selection of tests can be found on the Complete School of Truck Transportation web site. As well as the usual driving rules and road signs, there are tests for air brakes, heavy trailer endorsement and house trailer endorsement.

ICBC Driving Manuals

ICBC has all the basic driving manuals on their web site to view or download to your computer of choice. Currently there are six publications for light vehicles, motorcycles, commercial vehicles and recreation trailer towing. If you would prefer a paper copy, they are available at your nearest Driver Service Centre.

Your Local Library

The last of the free driver training resources that I can think of is your local library. If they don’t have books and videos on the shelf, consult the librarian for an inter-library loan or assistance with the availability of e-books and e-videos.

Driving School

Rather than spend money to use on-line driver training, you may be better advised to spend it locally with the driving school of your choice. An impartial assessment of your skills and identification of bad habits can point the way to safer driving.

I’ve seen the outcome of in car driving assessment in two different situations.

The first involved a senior whose family was encouraging her to stop driving. A session with a driver trainer showed that she was still capable of driving safely and it was not yet time to stop.

The second was where I made a deal with an irate driver to trade the cost of his speeding ticket for time at a driving school. He came away with a number of pointers to make him a safer driver and I was pleased that there might be better solutions than just writing tickets to offending drivers.

More Than The Minimum

When you first received your licence, you possessed the minimum of safe skills for a driver. If you have not done something to learn more since then, it might be time to do something now.

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23/25 on the practice test - chose 50 instead of 40 as the speed to slow to when passing an emergency vehicles, and "The best way to check for vehicles in the blind spots is by:", I chose "keeping clear of other vehicles"... duh.

24/25. Missed the one on the slanted yellow and black lines - never actually knew there was a hidden message in those stripes. :)

I was riding with someone recently for a short drive and in a matter of six or eight seconds I saw three driving violations at one point. I jokingly asked the driver if he was interested in having a driving evaluation done to let me know, I'd be happy to do it. His response was "I can't imagine anyone, ever wanting to have that done". And there lies the problem, most people don't want to know how bad they are, they want to keep on thinking they are great drivers: and nothing ever changes.