Alberta Driver Licensing
We offer the full range of driver licensing services from road and knowledge tests to Out-of-Province/Country license exchanges. Other common services include:
- Knowledge Tests (All classes)
- Road Tests: Class 4, Class 5 Basic (Class 5B), and Class 5 Advanced (Class 5A)
- Reclassification of License
- License Renewals & Suspensions
- Replacement or Duplicate Licenses
4 Tips To Ace Your Driver’s Test in Edmonton
There isn’t much that’s more anxiety-provoking than being tested on your driving skills. Getting your license is more than an accomplishment; it’s a right of passage, a badge of honor, and a sign of status. However, it may seem like you don’t have much control over the outcome of the test. You may have the skills down, but there are a lot of variables that could go wrong. Unfortunately, you can’t take the test on an empty road. There are pedestrians and traffic—and even if you know all the rules of the road, it doesn’t preclude someone else from breaking them, and the way you react in those situations (when another driver or pedestrian does something unexpected) is part of the test, too. You can still ace the test, though; it isn’t completely out of your control. Just follow these tips that will help you feel like you have more control when the time comes to take the test.
1) Practice makes perfect
Practice: it really is the best way to improve your skills and confidence in anything you do. Are you a little fuzzy on parallel parking? Practice it until you get it perfect, then practice it again. You want to make sure you know all the procedures (literally!) backwards and forwards. Knowing you have done each test component in advance will help boost your confidence so you’ll feel less nervous on the day of the test, but it will also help when those nerves inevitably start to creep up on you. Knowing the routine inside-out will make it more of an automatic response, and you’ll be able to pull through on it in spite of your nerves.
2) Know your vehicle
You don’t just want to practice until the test material is familiar; you also want to practice until the vehicle is familiar, too. Make sure you choose the vehicle you are going to take your test in early, and practice in it as much as you can so it feels familiar on the day of the test—and so you know where all the essential features are. You’ll need to know how to turn the headlights on, how to activate the emergency lights, and how to engage the emergency brake, among other things.
3) Pay attention to the little things
You may not think it makes that much of a difference when you forget to check your mirrors every once in a while, but the little things add up. Make sure you check your mirrors often (and make it obvious that you are checking them; move your head a little instead of just glancing), always check your blind spot before you merge or change lanes, make sure you signal, keep your hands at ten and two, and make sure you come to a complete stop at all stop signs and red lights—no rolling stops!
4) Be extra mindful
Having someone in the car to test you can be more than a little distracting, but it’s important to keep your eyes on the road. Don’t just be aware of what’s in front of you. Seeing what is happening all around you is important, too, and try to predict the unpredictable (sometimes you can tell when someone is about to unexpectedly step out into traffic). It’s the best way to prevent surprises, and having a plan for when the so-called unexpected surprises do turn up will get you extra points on your test.