Friday, March 21, 2014

Sign the Pledge and Support our Young Drivers

Teen DrivingIt was a sunny day in 1988. My 16th birthday. I did what all my friends did, skipped school and took the subway downtown for what was hopefully the last time. The reason? To take my “365” (now referred to as a G1) driving test.

Before taking the test, I read the manual. Kind of. And my test results reflected that. I passed but barely.*

Looking back now, I realize that not a thought was given to the huge responsibility that was being bestowed upon me. All I could think about was the freedom I would enjoy in a few short weeks after I took my driving test.

Turns Out I Wasn’t Prepared.

I’m embarrassed to admit this but only 10 days after getting my license, I was pulled over by the police. I had completed an incorrect left hand turn, on a yellow light and almost caused an accident. I was also driving without my license. Fortunately, no one got hurt. Well, unless my ego counts. Truth be told, I wasn’t prepared enough.

That’s why, when I heard about the Free G1 Practice Tests and the “Sign the Pledge Campaign from, I was interested to find out more.

g1 free driving practice tests logo would like to encourage parents to actively participate in their teens’ learning of what it means to be a safe driver. The Parent Driver Contract is a tool that can be used to facilitate a discussion between parent and teen about the elements of remaining safe behind the wheel. This “Sign the Pledge” contract is available for download on the site.

It’s been 24 years since taking my last written test so I was a bit nervous. What if I didn’t pass? However, making the streets a safer place for my Family is top on my list and our roads are only as safe as the weakest driver. So, I took the test and I’m pleased to say that… Practice Test Results

I passed!**

As a parent, I want my kids to make smart choices and that includes when they are behind the wheel. Given that Prom is coming up, why not have your kids take a FREE refresher course (or two) to give you some piece of mind and them the confidence that they have earned the privilege to drive. Times have changed but driving is still a major responsibility.

Will You Sign the Pledge?

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* Turns out that I was one of the lucky ones as 1 in 4 kids don’t pass their exam.

** Note that the only questions I didn’t pass were those related to fines, suspensions or G1/G2 driving privileges.

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25 thoughts on “Sign the Pledge and Support our Young Drivers

  1. Jessica

    This is great, driving is a privilege we need to take seriously. Anything that makes us safer on the road is a great idea!

  2. Eric SHEWAN

    It took me a trip to Town and I finally figured out what that “Prohibited Sign” meant.
    Anything inside the circle is prohibited.
    I took the test too early in the morning.

  3. Peady

    I am *so* old that I didn’t have a graduated license situation to deal with, but I was a good driver right off the bat!

    Having 6 drivers before me to learn from is really great. Talk about learning from the best – and worst – of drivers and situations. 😉

    I love this idea of a refresher course. It’s fantastic. Frankly, many people who have been driving for years might do well to refresh their knowledge and skills!
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  4. Debbie S.

    Okay, I took the test, yep! Okay I’m not from Ontario, and I’m not up on the graduated drivers rules. But everything else I fared really well in.
    What a great idea, to have a questionnaire like that for young people and parents to go over! Adults will definitely benefit from this as well.
    Each province should have their own too!

  5. Carla

    great idea even for advanced drivers! I think we all tend to forget the rules over time and this would be a agreat idea to refresh our knowledge!

  6. Karen E. Hill

    I got my license before this was even a glimmer in the eyes of the government. It is a good way for kids to learn respect for the road and to adhere to the laws and learn how to drive properly. At least lets hope so.

  7. Treen Goodwin

    I am a quite new driver (6 years ) lol but this is very helpful and everyone needs a refresher 🙂

  8. Lynda Cook

    some teens and adults should not be makes me mad when newly licensed drivers are out speeding and squealing their tires, they should respect the law. then on the other hand you have the excellent drivers who follow the rules do no mistakes and yet they have to pay a ridiculous price for insurance

  9. sarah sar

    Hmmm I just took this online test and actually got a few wrong….I’ve never seen a prohibited sign before?

  10. Debbie W

    This test would be good not just for new drivers, but refresh for older drivers. Some people think I might be picking on the well weathered drivers, but habits become sloppy and sometimes over confident.

  11. Nena Sinclair

    I’ll sign, this is a great idea! Parents should definitely be more involved with their teen’s learning to be a safe driver.

  12. KD

    That is a great resource! My daughter is way too young right now, but I would happily use this resource (if it still exists) or a similar one. My parents spoke with us about safe driving, and even paid for our drivers education courses.

  13. Elva Roberts

    I was on older driver when I took my test and passed! I had a cousin of my husband instruct me and he was a really good teacher. i am happy that younger people may get more practise as that age group have the greater number of accidents, according to statistics and the more practise the better. I know my adult children signed the pledge for their young teens- a wonderful idea.

  14. Wendy hutton

    yes this pledge is a great idea, so many people including kids are not prepared to driving, some are too nervous


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