Frequently Asked Questions
Here you will find a list of complete and very practical answers. Don’t forget, our experts are best placed to answer your questions.
Are automatic cars easier to drive?
When you are ready, your Drive Instructor will arrange your test for you on payment of the Booking Fee. Alternatively you can call our Central Booking Office, provide us with your learners permit number and payment details and we will arrange your test. You can book a test directly with ICBC, however there is no guarantee that your specific Instructor is available at that time.
How do I book my driving test?
When you are ready, your Safe Drive Instructor will arrange your test for you on payment of the Transport Booking Fee. Alternatively you can call our Central Booking Office, provide us with your learners permit number and payment details and we will arrange your test. You can book a test directly with Transport, however there is no guarantee that your specific Instructor is available at that time.
How many lessons will I need to learn to drive?
This depends on the individual, as every student has different abilities, needs, levels of experience and different opportunities to practice. Be aware of anyone who “quotes” a number of lessons over the phone as it is impossible, without first assessing your current skill levels. Once one of our Driving Instructors have assessed your current skill level, ability and have ascertained how much practice you can obtain between lessons, we will be able to provide you with an accurate estimate.
Please keep in mind that you can never have too many lessons as the more professional training you have then the safer you will become prior to going solo.
Should I learn to drive in an automatic or manual car?
The decision to learn in an automatic transmission or a manual car depends upon many factors including personal choice, skill level, confidence and the cars you are able to practice in.
When will I be ready to go for the practical test?
This timeframe will vary for absolutely every student. You are ready for the practical driving test when you can drive confidently and consistently without the help of your Drive instructor. As you are getting closer, your Instructor will run you through a mock test to demonstrate what stage you are up to.
Why do I need to practice my driving?
Driving involves combining theory with physical skills and judgement. Practice is essential and the more practice you have, the less number of professional driving lessons you may require to be at the standard required to pass the test. Practice is vital before booking your driving test.