My G2 road test was this morning – the fourth time I’ve taken the test in as many months, but this time I passed!
I’ve been working really hard on the driving practice stuff ever since the last test, in the first week of January – I figured that I knew what mistakes I was making, so I made an effort to drill on those things when I was out driving with my brother – left turns, stop signs, roadside stops, three-point turns, and parallel parking. I took an extra hour of paid instruction with my driving teacher from A-1 academy, and he said that he thought I was doing well and shouldn’t be nervous about taking the test again.
So, the test appointment was booked for 10:10 am this morning – I picked the day because this is the week before reading week at McMaster university, so I thought the streets would be a bit busier in the morning next week. Tried to get to bed early last night, had a bit of trouble nodding off, but I woke up at quarter to seven feeling pretty good. Hopped into the shower first thing, grabbed oatmeal and logged into the work network to finish some tweaks on the ratesheet interface while I waited for 9.
At nine, my brother came by to pick me up – we went by McDonalds to get him a coffee and a muffin. I drove around a bit, just trying to loosen up – I did a roadside stop along Kentley drive, where the examiner had me do it last time, and my brother said that I was closer to the curb than I needed to be, but I didn’t touch it, so I felt good about that.
Then to the testing center to sign in, and back out to the car to wait for the examiner. I’d brought a CD to play while I waited – it was a somewhat odd mix, and I ended up singing along to Little Big Town and Roger Whittaker. Noticed all the instructors that I’d had before go to other cars while I waited. (The guy that I had in November and January was really nice, the lady that tested me in December seemed grumpy and made me more nervous.)
When my tester came out, he seemed pretty cool too, and I felt myself driving in the zone as I started going through the test. It was the same route as I’d driven in January – but he didn’t tell me to do the roadside stop along Kentley, or anywhere else. I remember thinking as I turned off Kentley that “Okay, now I don’t know when it’s going to come”, and then figured out when he told me to turn up Kenora towards the test center that he might not have me do it at all. I was also thinking, then, that I wasn’t sure if I was passing, but I was driving well and giving it my best shot.
I didn’t have to do a proper roadside stop. I did the three-point turn and the parallel park in the test center parking lot, and he asked me, as I finished the parallel park, which way I should turn my wheels if I was parking uphill. That was it.
I have a few checkmarks for ‘Needs some improvement’ on my official evaluation paper – incorrect vehicle position in the 3-point turn, observation while backing up, and turning too wide. But I’ll have plenty of time to work on those before I take the next road test, for the full permanent G license.
Next step – car shopping! I’ll let you know how that goes soon.