3 Things Driving School Doesn’t Teach You About the Road

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3 Things Driving School Doesn’t Teach You About the Road

While Ontario drivers may be bound by the confines of provincial law, driving is an art, not a science. The rules of the road protect us from the weather and from each other. They are the minimal requirements every driver needs to meet to be deemed safe and knowledgeable behind the wheel. However, these rules don’t teach us everything. You may not be tested for these three unwritten rules of decorum, but the Ontario roads will be a safer and more enjoyable place if you learn them.

How to Handle Peer Pressure

If you’re a young driver, it’s very likely you’ll be taking your driving course before your friends. You may become the go-to designated driver of all your school events and social gatherings. We don’t blame you for wanting to step into that role. After all, you just got your licence, which is something to really celebrate. However, there will come a time when you may be pressured to drink, do drugs, or stay out past curfew. On the one hand, you want to please your friends, fit in, and have fun. On the other hand, you don’t want to upset your parents or suffer the consequences of not coming home when you promised.

Peer pressure will eventually find you, and when it does, be prepared to make tough decisions. We can promise you that peer pressure will be easier to handle as you get older. Not drinking and driving sounds like a no-brainer. But when you’re the only sober person at a party and everyone else is having fun except for you, you’ll be surprised how easy it is to justify having “one drink.”

Our advice: find some way to handle peer pressure and to stick to smart and safe decisions. Driving is not a right, it’s a privilege. It’s every driver’s duty to be responsible.

How to Be Decent

You can be a perfectly lawful driver, but still be the world’s most annoying, aggressive, impatient, or tentative driver. All of these attributes, though not exactly illegal can be dangerous or just plain old rude. Being a decent or polite driver is just as important as being a decent or polite pedestrian. There’s nothing that says that you can’t push people out of your way or take up the whole sidewalk or walk at a snail’s pace. But the world around you will move faster and better if you practice an ounce of decorum.

How does one become a decent driver? The nuances of polite driving may come when you’ve had more experience. Common displays of decency include:

  • Letting pedestrians cross the intersection before you start inching the car forward.
  • Giving drivers a fair amount of space.
  • Apologizing through a simple gesture if you make a mistake.
  • Avoiding puddles if possible to prevent splashing pedestrians.

How to Avoid Distractions

Our entire lives are at our fingertips. The more accidents that are caused by distracted driving, the more technology is created to prevent it. No matter how many bells and whistles your car has to prevent you from being distracted, we just can’t seem to put our phones away. While this seems to be the most obvious distraction these days, anything that takes your focus off the road is a hazard. It could be the sandwich you’re eating, the music you’re listening to, or a conversation you’re having.

Avoiding distractions is difficult. We aren’t very good at it. However, you owe it to yourself and everyone else on the road to try and limit the amount of beeps, rings, flashing lights, and songs that are coming at you while you’re driving. If your phone is the main culprit, silence it and put it out of reach until you’re no longer driving. If music distracts you, turn it down or turn it off. If you’re engaged in a heated conversation within the car, put a pin in it until you’ve reached your destination.

Schedule your driving course today with Ambitious Drivers and we’ll help you become an excellent Ontario driver.

By |March 14th, 2018|News|Comments Off on 3 Things Driving School Doesn’t Teach You About the Road
Isabel Bhuiyan
Great driving school! My instructor Mukhtar taught me all that was needed for me to pass my G2. Rubina helped me work through the process of completing the online training and moving immediately forward into my lessons. She also helped book my test at the test centre of my choice, which was not at all easy to do with all the pandemic backlog. I highly recommend any aspiring driver to connect with Ambitious Drivers :)
Isabel Bhuiyan
2021-07-31
Melissa Bhukhan
Mukhtar is the best driving instructor ever! He ALWAYS arrived at my house on time and helped me freshen up my skills to successfully pass my G test! My driver examiner was late at DriveTest and Mukhtar made sure I wasn't nervous and made me calm before my test! Thank you so much! The receptionist is extremely rude however! She "forgot" that I paid her in full and she ended up placing me on hold for over 10 mins. I hung up and called back and she said she "forgot" I was on hold. Another time, I called her before my first first driving lesson and she was rude on the phone and said "if u booked it he'll get there when he gets there". She was rude from the beginning unfortunately! However Mukhtar is amazing!
Melissa Bhukhan
2021-07-29
Rebecca Jonathan
My driving instructor was Mr. Rafi Masood. He was very patient and kind instructor. He gave helpful criticism and helped me to become a better driver. He is clear with his instructions and takes the time to explain what mistakes I made and how I can correct them. He helped me to pass my G2 test on the first try. Mr. Rafi Masood is a very good driving instructor
Rebecca Jonathan
2021-07-23
Adrian Hartanto
I passed my full G test yesterday. Full shout out to my driving instructor Mr. Mukhtar. Effective and efficient teaching way so I got the most during the lesson. Mukhtar is a very experienced instructor. It was really helpful when he spent some time to cover the drive test route before the exact test began.
Adrian Hartanto
2021-07-20
Nadia bridge
Booking lessons: To start off, I have to say this process was really quick. The admin took her time and explained how the lesson process works, next thing you know you were assigned an instructor and attending your lessons. The prices are A LOT cheaper than any other driving school. So if you are looking for a school that’s within your budget I would recommend “Ambitious Drivers.” Instructor: The instructor assigned to me was Muhktar. He is one of the best they have. He really takes his time and show you the rights and wrongs on the road as well as give you scenarios to help understand the concept of driving. He helped me gain confidence in parallel parking. Lessons with Muhktar resulted in passing my G2 road test on the first attempt! Overall, the day of my test the admin, aka Rubina personally drove me to my test and back. She made me feel very comfortable and calm. I couldn’t have asked for a better person to be there for me. This was an amazing experience I had with a driving school. Thank you Ambitious Drivers. I’ll be coming again for my G. :)
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2021-07-19
Pranav Jain
Great experience with Ambitious Drivers Inc. Especially, the owner Rubina, she is very nice and had hired good professional drivers. I just passed my G2 test in just 2 classes and they have low class prices than their competition. All in all, great experience and money valued.
Pranav Jain
2021-06-14
Oren Michal
My driving instructor's name is Sumble. She is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!! She is such a calm, and relaxing and extremely positive instructor that helped me so much. When I met her I was a very nervous driver but with her tools and techniques, I overcame my fears and now feel so comfortable driving. I had two other instructors that I used from other driving schools that were not able to help me as much as Sumble, especially with passing my G2 test. But when I started to take lessons from Sumble, I passed with flying colours. She is absolutely AMAZING and I truly enjoyed taking lessons from her. I wish I knew her earlier. I can't thank her enough for what she has done for me. Going from a scared and nervous driver to a driver who LOVES to drive now and is confident is a BIG deal especially for me. She is absolutely THE BEST!!!!!!!!! If you are looking for an instructor that is the best and number 1, then you need Sumble!!!!!!! Thank you Sumble so much for all you have done for me!!!!!!!! Words can't tell you just how thankful I am for you!!!!!!!! YOU ARE THE BEST, Sumble!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oren Michal
2021-04-09
md gunner
I highly recommend Sumble - she is truly passionate about what she does and is without a doubt the best driving instructor I’ve encountered. I needed to urgently obtain my G2 license in a very short period of time, and Sumble helped me pass my G2 road test with the examiner remarking that they had no further comments to offer (zero mistakes). Sumble is very patient, a great communicator and provides frequent feedback re: areas to improve. She tailors lessons by focusing on your weak areas, converting them to strengths and boosting your driving confidence. She is very comprehensive, yet highly efficient and ensures you are adequately prepared to do well in your driving test. Even more importantly, she teaches you to continue to be a safe and competent driver once you have your license. Thank you Sumble for your excellence .
md gunner
2021-04-02
Zain Kanani
My instructor was Rafi Masood. He is an amazing instructor....very calm, patient and caring! He is also very experienced and his teaching is very clear. He gave me a lesson before my G2 and G test in the area where I was being tested. He wanted me to feel comfortable and confident. My experience was just awesome....I passed both G2 and G test!! Thank you Rafi for all your support! I highly recommend him.
Zain Kanani
2021-03-31
Joseph Serranilla
Sumble was indeed an amazing driving instructor. She taught all the tips and tricks needed to succeed in the driving test. She was very kind but will give honest constructive feedback. I recommend her for drivers at any level.
Joseph Serranilla
2020-11-29
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