TEST - The DriveSmart Refresher
Everyone 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.
You got 20/20
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 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 ...
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.
Ya. I had a question about why you shouldnt follow close to the vehicle in front of you where the only answer that made a bit of sense was 'because you might not be able to see if that car stopped suddenly' and the rest were just rediculous like 'because you might hit it if it stops' and stuff.
Ludicrous answers to valid and resonable inquiries.
18/20 do not make a right
2 wrong. Trick questions.
One about merging onto a highway where I picked shoulder check left and merge into the flow of traffic where the answer they wanted was speed up to match the speeed of traffic.
And the other a yellow school zone sign directly after a white school zone sign question I'd answered correctly as to reducing speed when children are present but apperently did not like my interpretation of the yellow being a warning of school zone approaching instead its supposed to mean School Zone- reduce speed when children are present. I still disagree.
A yellow sign is a warning indicater of a change road condition approaching and to prepare for it. If the white sign is telling me that a certain road condition is present, why does the yellow sign have the same interpretation.
And one of the very first questions asked did not seem to me to make a whole lot of practical or technical sense at all when considering the context it was asked in.
It showed a picture of a regular passenger car beside a picture of a raised pick up truck with wide tires then asked which one was more likely to become the subject of 'dangerous skid condition'. The car because its tires were skinnier. The truck because its tires were wider. The car because its center of gravity was lower to the ground so it would spin faster. Or the truck because its center of gravity was higher so it would spin easier.
None of which made a whole lot of sense to me because traction is the ultimate factor in the movement of a vehicle. The size of your tires would have nothing to do with with the likely hood of one being more apt to 'dangerously skid' as long as they are all making traction. The lower or higher the center of gravity is and its effects on 'spin speed' have nothing to do with whether or not your tires are getting traction. I had to go googling for an answer til I found a vague reference somewhere about the higher center of gravity being a factor in causing a skidding vehicle to yaw and thereby making it a mitigating factor difficulty bringing a skidding vehicle back under control. So I picked the higher center of gravity answer, which I figured they were looking for, but the reality is, the question and its answers are inherently flawed. As so was the yellow school zone sign question immediately after the white school zone question.
I question the merits of the 20 question test for assessment of driving knowledge as it contains questions and answers that are informatively and technically flawed.
Those are not trick questions!
I'll have to disagree with you on this. Much of the content for these questions/answers is based on real life experience of observing new BC drivers, by both Driver Examiners and Driving Instructors.
These days, on Road Tests for Class 1 thru 6 license applicants, there will always (when practicable) be a segment that includes joining a freeway and then exiting it some time later. The expectation is that the Applicant will deliberately use the merging ramp to accelerate to the speed of freeway traffic, so that the maneuver is basically a lane change, with minimal affect on the other traffic. Failure to do this will result in demerit points. Meanwhile, when the Applicant is subsequently asked to take the next exit, if they immediately lift off the gas pedal (or, even worse, go for the brake) too soon (i.e. they're still on the freeway, not the exit ramp) this will also result in demerit points.
I know only too well from my experience as a Driving Instructor that far too many drivers will want to twist their head around to look for conflicting traffic way too early in the merging process; oftentimes without looking well ahead to see how long the merging ramp is, whether it's a 'Merge' or a 'Yield' sign that's posted, how closely they're following any vehicle ahead up the ramp - or (by checking the rearview mirror) how closely they're being followed. This is all essential information for a smooth entry. The fact is, about 90% of collisions involving vehicles using merging ramps are rear-end crashes that don't involve the vehicles on the freeway; they're caused by drivers whose eyes are in the wrong place, resulting in them piling into the car ahead. That's not how you do a shoulder-check, which should only be a brief glance at the left blind spot.
An aside, if I may, that legal afficianados may appreciate. We have various speed limits in effect in the province, but would anyone care to guess where there isn't any speed limit? Yup, it's freeway ramps; there is no law to govern this, and if they post a big black and yellow sign on an Exit ramp, it's completely unenforceable; but if you end up on your roof then probably you were going a bit too quickly.
I'll answer that last question first. Indeed, those yellow warning signs are usually placed ahead of the pending hazard, whether it's a sharp curve in the road or a hidden intersection ahead, etc. But there are exceptions, such as those rectangular signs stuck on overpasses indicating a height restriction - or the yellow and black diagonal stripy signs indicating an obstruction (and it will be stuck on the obstruction, not prior). So for instance, if there's a traffic island in the middle of the road, then on the same post you'll see both a black-and-white sign (that means it's a law) clearly directing drivers they must pass on the right hand side of the island. But there will also be a yellow and black sign, with the stripes angled from top left to bottom right, warning drivers to go to the right of that obstruction. Black and white signs (and/or painted lines) are usually placed at the point where the law goes into affect. Such as a marked pedestrian crosswalk, or a reduction in the speed limit, or a turn control sign, etc. But again, there will be exceptions, such as the 'No Dangerous Goods' sign; there's no point in sticking that overhead before entering somewhere like the Cassiar tunnel (you really don't want explosives-laden trucks reversing on the freeway) so that sign must be placed prior to where it applies.
And of course, this brings us to school zones and playground zones. School areas will be indicated by a flourescent yellow/green pentagon sign with two kids on it, while playground areas will be indicated by a black and yellow diamond sign depicting a kid chasing a ball. Then again, these signs are oftentimes placed prior to a school or playground crosswalk, just as a warning. If pedestrians aren't present or pending, and there's no black and white speed tab underneath, then there's no legal requirement to suddenly adjust your speed. But believe me, every instructor and examiner out there has witnessed drivers going for the brake pedal, when there's absolutely no need for it (which can trigger getting hit from behind). But they gotta put a black and white speed tab below that school or playground warning sign, in order to legally change the maximum speed allowed; and typically, this will be a separate sign from one that warns of a school or playground crosswalk ahead.
That's because you're looking for 'absolutes' in the answers; but this isn't how multiple-question tests are designed. The Applicant isn't expected to pick the one correct answer from the four; they're expected to choose the best answer. And for that, I think we have some of the best testing systems in the world, actually.