Skills you need to practice
After each lesson with your driver educator, practice what you learned before your next lesson. This means driving as much as possible with a qualified supervising driver.
The Saskatchewan Driver's Handbook is a great resource when preparing for your test. Your supervising driver should also be familiar with it, as well as A Guide to Supervising New Drivers. It has tips on guiding you to becoming a safe driver and provides valuable road test information.
Schedule your road test
No-show policy: If you can't make your appointment, you must cancel it before its scheduled time or you will be required to pay for your next appointment.
Why you may be refused a road test
Class 5 - You will be refused if:
- You don't meet the vision or medical fitness standards.
- You don’t provide the correct class of vehicle for the licence class you’re testing for.
- Your vehicle is unsafe or not equipped in accordance with the law. The driver examiner will inspect the vehicle before the test begins.
Motorcycle - You will be refused if:
- The motorcycle/moped is unsafe or not equipped in accordance with the law.
- You don't meet the vision or medical fitness requirements.
- You’re not wearing the appropriate gear for MGDL riders - your arms and legs are not covered, you aren't wearing hand-covering gloves, ankle-covering boots, eye protection or a 3/4, modular or full face helmet.
- You don't have a red 'L' motorcycle placard displayed on your licence plate (M Endorsement road test only.)
Tips for a smooth road test
- Be punctual
- Bring your ID
- Make sure you have proof of completing a required driver education program
- Bring a clean vehicle - it doesn’t need to be polished and waxed, but please remove any garbage, clutter or loose objects that could get in the way of you or the driver examiner. Please also eliminate any heavy scents that could be a health hazard (strong air fresheners or rotting garbage)
- Ensure the following parts of your vehicle are working properly: horn, signal lights, brake lights, headlights, windshield wipers (as required), defrost (as required), seatbelts, speedometer, both front seat doors, etc. If the 'check engine' light is on, please have a technician check your vehicle to make sure it’s not safety-related. Do a personal check a week before your road test so you can repair or replace any required parts to avoid postponing your test.
- If you require a supervising driver, make sure you don’t come to your road test without one.
Taking the road test
It’s understandable that you’re nervous before your road test. But we want you to feel comfortable so you can show us your best. We want you to succeed! Try to relax, remember to breathe and if you’re ever unclear of what the examiner is asking you to do, just ask. Also, we welcome chit chat if it calms your nerves, but keep in mind that you cannot ask questions about the test, during the test - just like you can’t ask your math teacher for help during a math test.
There’s no secret to passing your road test. Basically, it comes down to demonstrating you can safely operate your vehicle in a variety of everyday driving scenarios. Ensure you are comfortable and competent in performing manoeuvres such as starting, stopping, turning, proper lane driving, parking, and backing-up (this is where all that driving practice pays off!). Examiners will also be looking for your ability to anticipate potential hazards and an understanding of all traffic signs and signals.
What not to do
You will not pass the road test if you:
- exceed the speed limit
- are involved in a collision for which you are 50% or more responsible
- fail to stop where required
- fail to yield to vehicles and pedestrians
- fail to wear a seatbelt
- cannot parallel park
- disobey traffic lights
- require the assistance of the examiner
- make a combination of minor mistakes
If English isn't your 1st language
All road tests are conducted in English. Only the examiner and the driver are allowed in the vehicle during the road test. Examiners use simple and clear language when giving directions. To prepare for the road test, you should be familiar with the following English terms:
- right turn
- left turn
- parallel park
If you are not fluent in English, we recommend you bring an English speaking person with you to the appointment so they can help translate basic instructions and expectations before the road test begins. They can also translate the results after your road test is completed.