It will have been at least a year since you graduated from driving school when it’s time for you to get your G license, so you might be a little rusty.
At this point, driving lessons can assist you in honing your driving abilities, forming lifelong defensive driving practices, and passing your G test.
For the G license, there are no MTO-required courses available; instead, you should look for in-car practice sessions.
To get ready for your G test
, you might need 5–10 more hours of driving instruction, depending on how comfortable you are behind the wheel.
Highway driving is a part of the G test, which isn’t covered in the G2 test
, so if you’re not yet completely comfortable with it, make sure to practice it with your instructor.
Judicially mandated driver improvement initiatives
You might be required to attend a court-ordered driver improvement program if you’ve recently been in an accident for which you were at fault or committed another significant traffic infraction.
Following a traffic infraction, these programs typically combine classroom theory with on-the-road training to reinforce safe driving practices.
However, not all driving schools with MTO approval provide driver improvement programs, so you must confirm that the school you select does.
When can you start taking driving lessons?
he G1 exam and driving school can both be taken in Ontario as soon as you turn 16 years old.
As soon as you pass the G1 written exam, even on the same day, you can sign up for driving school.
However, unless you attend driving school, you will need to wait at least a year after passing your G1 exam before taking the G2.
By attending driving school, you can pass your G2 exam in 8 months as opposed to 12.
What advantages do driving schools offer?
Building lifelong defensive driving habits and securing our roads require the completion of driving school.
However, there are additional advantages you can access if you enroll in and pass a Beginner Driver Education (BDE)
course at a driving school that has MTO approval.
See the main advantages of attending driving school in the section below.
1. Develop enduring defensive driving techniques
The most significant benefit of attending driving school is learning lifelong defensive driving techniques, even though insurance savings and accelerated licensing times are nice.
Even though your parents, friends, and family members may be excellent drivers, they may not be the best when it comes to driver’s education, and you risk picking up some bad habits.
You can learn how to drive safely in hazardous weather, heavy traffic, and other challenging real-life situations by attending a driving school that has been approved by the MTO.
You’ll learn the fundamentals of driving in driving school, such as merging, parallel parking, reverse parking, left and right turns, etc., as well as more complex skills like evasive maneuvers, situational awareness, defensive positioning, etc.
Even if they are excellent drivers, your family members or friends might not be familiar with these sophisticated techniques.
2. Reduce auto insurance costs by 10–20%
The insurance discount you’ll qualify for after completing driving school in Ontario is among its more well-known advantages.
The average savings from a driving school is between 10 and 20 percent on auto insurance.
Insurance companies view you as a safer driver if you successfully complete a BDE course that has been approved by the MTO (it must be a BDE course; it cannot just be in-car lessons).
Drivers are rated by insurance companies using a star system.
New drivers all begin with one star.
However, if you successfully complete an MTO-approved BDE course, you’ll receive a 3-star driver rating, the same as if you had years of driving experience.
3. Receive your G2 in 8 months rather than 12
Driving school is your best option if you want to get your G2 license as quickly as possible.
To ensure that G1 drivers are logging the required number of hours behind the wheel, the Ministry of Transportation requires G1 drivers to complete a year of driving experience prior to receiving their G2.
However, the ministry views you as a safer and more experienced driver if you attend driving school, so you can obtain your G2 in 8 months rather than 12.
This often determines whether or not a high school student receives their license prior to graduation.
4. Boost your chances of passing the driving test
No matter if you’re taking the G2 or G test, the driving school can increase your chances of success.
Good driving instructors can coach you on your weak points and are usually fully aware of what is required to pass your road test.
For instance, did you know that in order to see your reflection in your mirrors, you must turn your head?
The examiner can always see your head turn even if they can’t always see where your eyes are directed.
To ensure that you increase your chances of passing, a driving instructor can provide you with advice of this nature.
5. Achieve highway driving proficiency before everyone else.
G1 drivers typically aren’t allowed to travel on highways in the 400-series unless they’re with a driving instructor.
The only way you will be permitted to gain some experience driving on the highway before taking your G2 is with a certified driving instructor.
Highway driving isn’t covered in the G2 test, but it may come up in your daily life after passing it, so it’s especially crucial to practice before the test.
6. Make driving records in your province better
A permanent record of completion is added to your provincial driving record once you complete a BDE course that has been approved by the MTO.
Contrary to popular belief, driving schools do not actually issue certificates (if they do, it is merely for show); instead, they upload a record of course completion to the Ministry of Transportation’s database.
Then, to determine whether you’ve successfully completed a BDE course, which lowers your insurance rates, insurance companies can access your driving history here.