Hello everyone, as Hi-Tech Driver Education, we wish you all a good week. This week we have prepared an unusual blog for you. In our previous blog posts, we prepared more articles about driving techniques and rules. But this time, our blog post is about; Things To Know As A Newcomer To Canada.
What should I know as a newcomer to Canada?
As a newcomer to Canada, naturally, one of the first things you want is not to buy a car, but you may have the freedom to drive. This driving experience may be enjoyable to some of us. In Canada, licenses obtained from some countries, as required by law, provide convenience to a certain extent. We will explain this in more detail below.
Whether you are a newcomer to Canada or not, we must have a driver’s license before driving. So let’s move on to getting a driver’s license.
If you are a newcomer to Canada, have had a driver’s license for more than two years and come from the United States, Austria, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland, Korea or Japan, you can get a Canadian driver’s license without taking the road driving test. However, you may need to pass knowledge and vision tests for your province.
But if you are a newcomer to Canada, you may want to learn about the driver’s license system first. The rules and requirements change according to the provinces. From its fundamental principles, all provinces have G1, G2 and full G licenses.
The test we refer to as the G1 test is a written test. You can take this test at the Driving Test centers. Click here to access the list of Driving Test centers. Before you go, please be aware that there may be changes in business hours or operational delays due to COVID-19. For the G1 driver’s license, you must take a forty-question multiple-choice exam on the computer. While this test may seem intimidating for newcomers to Canada, it is not at all. Remember that most countries around the world have the same driver’s license rules, especially if you have had a driver’s license before. There is no reason not to pass the written exam after a brief overview of the regulations.
If you don’t have a driver’s license, you need to study Rules of the Road (20 questions) and Road signs (20 questions). I would like to repeat that you can reach sample questions on the internet and test yourself by solving them. Many newcomers to Canada think they can drive alone with this license, but remember that you cannot drive unless someone in your area has a full G license for at least two years. If you have a G1 driver’s license in Ontario, the following are the requirements set by law that you must meet while driving.
- You should not have any alcohol in your blood.
- Make sure you and every passenger with you are wearing a seat belt.
- You don’t drive between midnight and 5 am.
- You do not drive on 400 series highways or high-speed highways.
The person with a full G license travelling with you in the car;
- At least 2 years of driving experience with a full G license
- If the blood alcohol level is below .05
- Must be the only other person in the front seat.
If you’re driving with a certified driver instructor in Ontario, you can drive on any road. Also, the G1 test is available in Ontario in 27 different languages to assist newcomers to Canada.
G2 license allows you to drive alone. For someone who did not have a driver’s license before, one year of experience must be gained in order to obtain a G2 license after a G1 license. As a newcomer to Canada, and if you have previously held a driver’s license in your home country, you do not need to wait for this period. After getting your driver’s license translation from your country’s embassy, if you have a driver’s license in your country for at least two years, you have the right to pass the G2 driver’s license test for one time only after the G1 driver’s license. If you do not pass the full G license test, you must take your road driving test for the G2 driver’s license.
As a newcomer to Canada, if you have not previously held a driver’s license, we must wait 12 months after a G2 driver’s license for a full G driver’s license. We have compiled the legal conditions for G2 driver’s license holders below.
- You can enjoy the ride without another experienced driver in the car
- You can drive on all Ontario roads
- You can drive comfortably no matter what time of day it is. However, it should not be forgotten that; you should have zero alcohol, THC in your blood and make sure you carry as many passengers as your working seat belt in your car.
This is the end of our weekly blog post. If you have not yet obtained a driver’s license, click here, and we will be happy to assist you.