Fail – In the First Five Minutes

Sometimes an examinee fails their road test immediately. For example the examinee performs a dangerous action while pulling out to start the test. They thought they had a safe gap in front of a car approaching, but the examiner stopped them because he/she thought it wasn’t safe. So the question is: does the road test continue, or is it ended?

I recently asked the driver examiner supervisor at the Point Grey ICBC to confirm this for me. The answer is that they continue with the road test. Even though the examinee has already failed, the examiner would still like to give the driver an evaluation of their driving overall so they know what to work on for the next attempt. (This is the policy of the Point Grey ICBC; it may be different at other ICBC licensing offices.) Of course if the examinee is driving in an unsafe manner and is hazard on the road, the examiner will definitely guide the examinee back to the ICBC office and not put the driver, examiner, and other road users at risk.

There different opinions about this. The feeling of some examinees is, I know I failed, so why torture me with going through the whole road test? Why waste my time? The other viewpoint is, I paid my thirty-five or fifty bucks, give me a proper driving test, just don’t tell me I failed. Let me do some turns and parking and lane changes, and give me some proper feedback.

During a road test, the examiner is not allowed to tell the examinee that they have failed. They are supposed to save the bad news for the end. But sometimes it is very obvious that the examinee has failed. For example, if the examiner yells “stop!” or grabs the steering wheel to avoid a collision, you know you’re toast. In this situation, the examiner may go back early if they can see you are a little traumatized. If it’s a non-dangerous fail like getting the car onto the sidewalk during a parallel park, they’ll just keep on going. If you know you have failed and want to go back, just tell the examiner.

Hopefully you have a successful road test at Point Grey. If you do happen to fail early, just carry on, do your best, and listen to the valuable feedback from one the professional Point Grey driver examiners.

Evening and Weekend Lessons

Every day I am contacted by prospective clients who are interested in driving lessons. By far the most requested times for lessons are evenings and weekends. Many or most people work or go to school during the day, and that is the only time that they can take lessons. I wish I could accommodate this demand, but it is simply not possible.

My weekend schedule is already fully booked for the rest of the year. I am reluctant to book lessons too far in advance, so currently I am not booking any weekend appointments.

I only do lessons in daylight, so this time of year the latest appointment that I can schedule is generally at 3:30 pm. So basically I don’t have any evening appointments during the winter. I do occasional lessons for students who want to get practice driving in the dark, but unfortunately I cannot offer evening lessons for inexperienced drivers or for anyone who is trying to prepare for a driving test. During lessons in the dark (and rain) it is just too hard to see, and I find it too dangerous and stressful to conduct a proper driving lesson or road test preparation.

For now, New Day Driving School is a one-person business with me, Perry, as the only instructor. I can’t accommodate the demand that I get for lessons, but I would like to thank everyone who has done their research and have decided to contact me for their driving lessons.

Booking a New Day Lesson

One of the problems that I have faced since New Day Driving School has become so successful is that I am unable to meet the demand of all of the prospective clients who would like to use my services. New Day Driving School has evolved into being the Point Grey road test expert, and the fact is that no other driving school can come close to offering the expertise, experience, and insights that I can.

New Day Driving School is just a one-person business run by me, Perry. I work in daylight hours, every day, with occasional days off and vacations. The highest demand times for appointments are late afternoon/evenings and weekends, so these appointments usually need to be booked well in advance. My schedule has been typically booked up completely a few weeks in advance, but now it is pretty solidly booked for over a month. I simply cannot accommodate the demand I get for lessons.

The students who have the best chance of getting appointments are able to book in advance. I can help on short notice if I get cancellations (possible) or if I have gaps in my schedule. If I can meet students at or near the Point Grey ICBC office, there is also a better chance of getting appointments as I am in that area most of the day assisting clients who are preparing for the Point Grey road test.

I can be contacted by phone or email. I do not answer my phone if I’m driving or if I’m with a client. I try to return all phone calls the same day, and I will answer emails within twenty-four hours.

My service area is the west side of Vancouver; I am unable to pick up or drop off students east of Cambie Street. I only assist students for the Point Grey road test; I do not assist with road tests at any other ICBC location.

I would like to thank all of my students over the years for making New Day Driving School so successful, and I look forward to assisting future clients who I am sure will enjoy and benefit from the New Day experience.

 

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Worst Drivers on the Road

I spend a lot of time on the road everyday, and see all sorts of bad driving. Through my observations, I have been able to identify the worst drivers out there. And the winner is, without a doubt, car2go drivers, followed closely by Evo drivers.

I will give you fair warning: if you see a car2go nearby, watch out. The drivers of these not-too-smart cars apparently think they are driving a go kart, zipping in and out of traffic, always racing to get somewhere, probably because the drivers pay by the minute. Look in your mirror, they are, right on your bumper. Then they zip around you, and you catch up to them at the next light. That won’t happen again, because next time the driver blasts through the amber/red light. There they are, down the road, buzzing around like a drunken bee; they have to get somewhere quickly – who wants to pay for that extra minute.

Then there’s another type of car2go and Evo driver: dazed and confused. They slow down on the road, a co-pilot is trying to give directions to the hapless driver who has no idea of where they’re going. They could easily pull over and try to figure things out, but why do that when you can impede and disrupt traffic? Hey, we’re special, we’re saving the environment because we’re using a car share; our ignorance of driving etiquette and rules of the road is the price you other suckers have to pay for owning a car.

At 8:00 in the morning, you can guarantee that you will see a car2go or Evo vehicle parked in a no-stopping zone. They don’t care, what the hell, I’ll just leave it here and hopefully someone else takes the car before 7:00 am.

One day I was waiting in the Point Grey ICBC office for one of my students to return from her road test. She should have been back by this time, and I was wondering what was taking so long. When she finally returned, the examiner told me that they had been involved in an accident. And what had happened? They were rear-ended by a car2go while stopped at a traffic light. My student passed her road test; who knows how the car2go driver passed his.

If you would like to be a better driver than numerous car share users, I can help. I will help you identify the numerous hazards on the road, including the hopeless car2go drivers. If you want to prepare for a successful Point Grey class 5 or class 7 road test, I can also help.  Just contact me, Perry, the Point Grey road test expert.

Kitsilano Diversion on the Point Grey Road Test

The intersection of MacDonald Street and the Kitsilano Diversion is without a doubt the number one spot that the Point Grey Class 7 road test is failed. While there is a multitude of confusing intersections in Point Grey, this one is in a class of its own.

The Kitsilano Diversion (referred to as the “Kits Divide” by Point Grey Driver examiners) cuts across MacDonald Street at an angle, joining 10th and 12th Avenues. Because of the angle of the Kitsilano Diversion, confusion reigns at this intersection. Going straight is not usually a big problem, but just like the many other confusing Point Grey intersections, it’s left turns that pose the biggest challenge. Even if you a have a clear understanding of how to handle this road test killer, the other road users will do their best to make your road test a nightmare.

When entering this intersection, the layout is deceiving. It is very wide, and it looks like you should go deep into it to make a left turn. But the opposite is true; you can only go in slightly, because if you go in too far, you’ll be blocking the left-turning vehicles coming from the other direction. When you are facing a left-turning vehicle that has gone in too far, you’ll soon realize what the problem is.

Be very careful if you go into the intersection behind another left-turning vehicle, which is definitely possible when the first vehicle has gone in too far leaving you plenty of space to follow in. There is generally mass confusion as both sides try to clear the intersection when the traffic light turns amber and red.

When you are able to clear the intersection, you may not realize what a long drive it is to get out, and be aware of the usual amber/red light runners coming through in the curb lane.

The other problem is a curved yellow broken line, which you should follow when clearing the intersection. Many drivers make the mistake of going into the intersection at an angle following the yellow line. Consequently they are now blocking the vehicles trying to go straight. And if you are going straight, don’t be surprised to find a left-turning vehicle blocking your path.

The Point Grey road test is famous for it’s confusing intersections, but New Day Driving School is the Point Grey road test expert. If you want to go into your Point Grey road test with the best chance of success, let me, Perry, help you simplify the myriad complications of the Point Grey road test area.

Where to Park Before Your Point Grey Road Test

Where you park your car before your Point Grey road test can have a direct effect on your road test result.

I was just introduced to a new student who recently failed his Point Grey class 7 road test. He had been using the services of another driving school, and before his road test his instructor had the unfortunate client park directly in front of the Point Grey ICBC office. This is a classic blunder that sets you up for a rough start. Here’s what can go wrong if you start here.

Everything seemed fine when you parked the car, but now things have changed. That space in front of you has shrunken as another vehicle has replaced the one ahead. A car has pulled up behind you giving you less space in the rear. Now you have to pull out from a tight spot with traffic coming up from behind on MacDonald and all the other road test takers coming out from the ICBC parking lot in the alley behind you. Then the traffic gets backed up because the traffic light on Alamein St. in front of you has turned red; now you need to merge into the traffic. Five minutes have already passed, and you’re feeling the pressure. Or in this examinee’s case, there was now a vehicle haplessly trying to parallel park in front of him causing more confusion. Let’s just say that things didn’t work out.

So where should you park? You can park in the small ICBC parking lot in the alley if there is a spot available. The advantage of parking here is that you can practice backing into a spot before your road test. Just don’t make the other classic mistake of going nose-in into the spot. Then you’ll have to back up into a narrow alley; be sure you don’t bump into a garbage can. If there are no spots available, drive around the block a few times until something opens up.

Another good place to park is on Oliver Crescent, half a block south of the Point Grey office. This street has lots of parking, lots of space. Don’t make the mistake of parking on Alamein on the north side of the office. This street is usually jammed with parked cars, and there is only room for one car in the center of the road. If there is an oncoming vehicle, it’s going to be fun and you definitely don’t want to start your road test this way.

If you want to a successful road test, small details, like where you park your car, can make a big difference. I want my students to have their best shot at passing their road test. Take advantage of my knowledge and expertise, and give yourself the best chance of passing the Point Grey road test.

Three New Day Students Pass Point Grey Road Test Today

Today three New Day Vancouver Driving School students passed their road tests at the Point Grey ICBC location. Not only did they pass, in each instance their ICBC driver examiner was very impressed with their performance.

First up was Natalia from Russia. She had been unsuccessful on her first attempt of the Point Grey Class 5 road test some time ago; this time she contacted me in order to try for a happier result. She purchased a package of seven ninety-minute lessons, even though I felt that three or four lessons should be adequate. She really wanted to pass this time, and went for the seven lessons. On successive weekends she diligently followed my advice and focused on the areas that are critical for safe driving and a successful road test. This morning she was a little nervous, but unless something really unusual happened, this to me (I would never tell my student this before the road test) was a guaranteed pass. It was truly a joyful scene in the Point Grey office when she returned from her road test.

The second client was a high school student from Kitsilano Secondary taking the Point Grey Class 7 road test. She was a parent-trained driver, which is not necessarily a bad thing. This young lady was definitely a competent driver, but she hadn’t been taught the things that are crucial to a successful road test. She had originally planned on taking five one-hour lessons, but three proved to be enough for her. After her final lesson yesterday afternoon, I knew she was ready and things should go great. With her mother waiting in the Point Grey office, it was definitely a treat to enjoy the happiness of success.

My final client was Carlos from Brazil taking the Class 5 road test. He had been referred to my by a former Brazilian student. I don’t know exactly why, but all of my Brazilian students have been very successful on their road tests. Carlos was no exception. This was his first attempt, and all he needed was a one-hour lesson a few weeks ago. He went for an hour-long tune-up before his road test, and pulled off his success with just a couple of miscellaneous marks on his road test paper. I am now looking forward to helping his wife prepare for Point Grey road test.

Of course my students don’t always pass; I cannot control what happens on the road. But if you want your best chance of success on the Point Grey road test, try a session with me, Perry, the Point Grey road test expert.

Where Does New Day Teach?

The vast majority of New Day customers are preparing for the Point Grey road test, therefore I focus on the west side of Vancouver. New Day is just a one-person business (me, Perry) and I try to limit my driving time and distance between students. I definitely do not pick up students outside of the city of Vancouver.

When I first started my business, I serviced Vancouver, Richmond, and occasionally ventured off into Burnaby. Now that New Day has become established as the Point Grey road test expert, I try to stick to that part of Vancouver as much as possible. I do pick up students at their location, but as a general guideline, I will pick up west of Fraser Street. I do go into East Vancouver, but my availability there is extremely limited.

I do get students from outside of Vancouver, but I usually meet them at or near the Point Grey ICBC licensing office, or a convenient location such as the King Edward Canada Line station. King Edward station is a very quick drive from Point Grey.

If you are a learning driver, where you learn and practice is not overly important. But if you are preparing for the Point Grey Class 5 or Class 7 road test, I would highly recommend practicing in the road test area. For example, I recently assisted a client from East Vancouver who is preparing for the Point Grey Class 5 road test. I picked him up at home, spent thirty minutes driving to Point Grey, a little practice around there, and back home again. He got very little time learning the challenges that are unique to Point Grey. If you are specifically looking for help with the Point Grey road test, it would be much to your benefit to meet at or near the Point Grey ICBC.

I will be happy to help you prepare for the Point Grey road test. I can assist you if you have failed and need to get ready for your next attempt. If you are new to BC, I can help your prepare for the Point Grey Class 5 road test. But if you want to receive the best New Day service, meeting at or near Point Grey would definitely be to your advantage.

 

 

Point Grey Standby Road Test

With about a three-month wait for a road test appointment being the norm, a standby road test is definitely an option. A standby road test is when you go to the ICBC licensing office without an appointment, and if someone doesn’t show up for their appointment, you can take their place.

ICBC seems to feel that a two or three month wait for a road test appointment is acceptable, but many license-seekers do not have the luxury of waiting this long. For a high school student, a driver’s license is not usually a necessity, but some people have a more urgent need for a license. Someone, especially a newcomer to BC, might have an opportunity for a job that requires a driver’s license, and they can’t just tell their prospective employer that they might have a license in three months.

At the Point Grey ICBC office, there is usually a good chance of going out on a standby road test. For example, I was in the office today (with a student who passed her Class 7 road test), and three clients had gone out on standby in the morning. At noon, there was one more person waiting to go out.

If you really want to go out on standby, the key is to get to the office early in the morning, and try to be first on the standby list. Some clients come as early as 6:00 am, or even earlier. Some days there may be several people waiting in front of the office, some days you can show up at 8:00 or later and there will be no one waiting. A couple of weeks ago, one of my students arrived at the office at 5:45 am – he really wanted to go out. When I arrived at the office just before 8:00 to meet him, he was the only person waiting, and he went out on a road test at 8:00.

Standby is definitely a gamble. You might pop into the office and go out right away; you might sit in the office all day and not go out. But the good thing is that the Point Grey office makes an effort to get standbys out, and if you are first or near the top of the list, you should go out.

I don’t usually assist students with standby road tests, as I have to book off the whole morning for them, and the cost for the student is a little prohibitive. But if you want your best shot at passing your Point Grey Class 7 of Class 5 road test, contact me, Perry of New Day Vancouver Driving School, the Point Grey road test expert. I can show you exactly what the examiner is looking for in a successful road test, and hopefully your standby experience will have a happy ending.

A Great Point Grey Road Test Success

I’m always happy when my students pass their road tests, but a recent student’s success gave me particular satisfaction.

A couple of months ago I was contacted by the father of a potential client. Apparently his daughter had attempted the Point Grey Class 5 road test several times and kept failing. She had also had tried a variety of driving teachers, and she felt she wasn’t getting proper instruction.

This client was a little unusual for me – she is a Chinese lady, maybe in her forties, and English was her second language. I don’t get many clients like this, as most adult Chinese students use the services of a Chinese-speaking driving teacher. But her father was getting desperate, and was ready to try something different.

Before her road test the student took ten hours of lessons and diligently attempted to follow my strict guidelines for a successful road test.  She wasn’t the greatest driver, but I felt she definitely could pass as long as she was disciplined in the critical areas that I had pointed out. She also needed a confidence boost after her previous instructors were eager to point out her deficiencies and offered no positive reinforcement.

I would like to share the letter the student’s father sent me after her successful road test:

Dear Perry:

It was a great pleasure when I heard my daughter Jin had passed her road test yesterday. Now she is able to accomplish her dream of being a qualified car driver with a legal driver license of Vancouver. This will certain have good influence to her future career and living here. I wish to express my deepest gratitude to you for your excellent teaching and specific help to Jin. In last few years Jin learned driving from several teachers, but none of them could teach so excellently as you did. As I know, you designed a ten hour plan for Jin after the first interview and an hour of driving. During the training, you actively explained every detail of driving, encourage her when she did right, explained and helped her to correct when there was an error or she did not so well. This also reestablished her confidence. As a result she could pass her road test after so many times of failure. I wish to tell everybody that you, Mr. Perry Lamarche is an Excellent Teacher and the New Day Driving School is a High Quality Driving School!

Sincerely

John Yang

I can’t guarantee success on the road test, but I can guarantee that if my students strictly follow my advice, they will have a much greater chance. If you are taking the Point Grey Class 7 or Class 5 road test, a session with me, Perry, of New Day Vancouver Driving School will go a long way towards a happy ending.