Had Road Test in Duncan today and...
Took Action last summer and finally found the time and bike to do my Road Test.
Last September I moved out to Vancouver Island for a job and finally got it completed.
I actually was scheduled to do it last weekend in Surrey but there appeared to be some miscommunication b/c when I arrived, for what I thought was my appointment - they told me I wasn't scheduled! So I made a trip from Vancouver Island to do the road test and no test for me... I was a little p/o but it was all good since I planned a back up appointment in Duncan for today. So I wasn't too too terribly pissed but I still would've like the opportunity to do the test in a more familiar and practiced area.
Mo, Bob and the boys at Action felt a little bad for it all.. So did the next best thing for me... I got a mock road test from Roy and that was really helpful. When I did the mock I felt anxious and nervous about it - but it help prepare me for today. Today I was relaxed and knew exactly what to expect and it helped having experienced the whole testing scenario and ear piece placement. I recommend anyone to do a mock with the guys at Action before doing the real mccoy..
What did I do to prepare? Well... I studied the ICBC's book again and over.. til' I knew that book down.. Then, I went on here and checked out the pointers, got a review sit down with Bob at Action (gave me notes even) and then checked out Dat's military site.. That was all the theory and note taking..
But what got me through it as well, was going to the MV and simulating my own test.. I'm new to Duncan so I had no idea of the area.. So I scouted the area on Monday and yesterday riding around on my SV650.. And believe it or not.. The simulation I took myself on and the areas I scouted were exactly the areas where my examiner took me through.. I knew where all the construction, hazards, school zones, and playground zones were to adjust my speed.. I took my test on my SV650S
My examiner was a really nice guy, but I have to admit I was already lucky when I walked in... The examiner came back from testing another rider who failed for the third time at the same location.. The examiner was telling me that that the previous rider (who failed) had the worst habits and he failed him all three times... While I feel bad for the guy, I'm actually quite glad that he was ahead of me.. So when I went on my ride, it must have been refreshing for the examiner..
However, as soon as I got to the ICBC office it started pouring. Luckily, after the first 10 minutes the rain ceased and cleared up a bit but ground were still wet... I got dinged for speed maintenance and for putting the bike in Neutral when he asked me to park the bike to the side of the road as if I was parking it overnight.. (I had no idea how to do this, but did my best)... I had all the pre-requisites testing plus U-Turn, Parking like overnight, hazard perception and pre-trip check up.
I) Study all the theory that you can find and ask the instructors anything that you unsure of..
II) Scout the area that you are taking the test... I did not know Duncan at all but scouted the area for a little over 3 hours over a two day period.
III) Ask the examiner anything you are uncertain or what may his preferences be... Ask questions that pertains to riding preference but not obvious questions that are already in the ICBC book!!.. Don't be Mr. Arrogant with the examiner.. For example, I questioned the examiner about whether to wave people through if there was tie at a 4-way and he told me "no." Keep you hands on the bars and wait for the other driver to wave you through. I did what he told me because it did happen..
THINGS THE EXAMINER DIDN'T LIKE but ARE PERMISSIBLE (so ask examiner!)
I) After stopping, doing a deep shoulder check behind or until the driver behind sees you and stops.. The examiner felt that was more dangerous than good.. He told me that you can see everything you need from your mirrors and you'll have more reaction time to manuever if necessary...
II) Cancelling signalling during your turn... He told me to complete the turn then straighten out, then cancel.. - But he didn't ding me for it because he knows that's how school's teach it..
Thanks to Mo, Roy, Bob, Chris, Andii and the boys at Action for helping me to prepare..
Hope that helps.. It's feels good to be legal!
PS... Sorry for the long post!
Last edited by JaK; 10-28-2008 at 11:02 AM.
builder of bikes
you moved to Duncan for a job? Wow. I used to live there...
Congrats on passing the test btw.
Great Job on your test welcome to Duncan
Thanks... Yah.. well moved to Shawnigan Lake for a teaching position and Duncan was the closest place to do a Road Test..
Originally Posted by cosworth
Congrats and thanks for the tips .
Old Dirty Bastard