Class 5 Advanced GDL Test
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I need to take my class 5 Adv GDL test to upgrade my license but I haven’t had a great experience with the 3 road instructors I dealt with for my previous class 7 and 5GDL tests; they seemed to disregard common sense and practicality when providing road tests. Seems to me like they are vague with their definitions for their requests and very specific with how they want to grade during tests (and if they are having a good day or not). Everything in theory is set or hypothetical, while in reality you take actions in the moment.
For example: Parallel parking. Nothing extraordinary, except when they ask you to do it on a reduced space with a pile of snow and ice creating a slope on the sidewalk, which in reality that would be why people don’t want to park there. This isn’t a matter of “well, maybe you stink as a driver” because everyday there’s someone out there that makes me think how the hell did they get a drivers license.
So I would like to read your experiences and opinions on these questions I want to ask my next instructor, although I fear if I do it will trigger them. I don’t want to be paying for more tests because they didn’t like me. 🙂
I believe I got these questions from reading requirements from the driver’s guide handbook and some registries websites.
Speed. What is “slightly below the limit”? 5km/h, 10km/h?
What do you qualify as “slow-driving”? How much under the limit in each limit zone? What is slow-driving in a 50,60,70,100 zone?
Jaywalkers. “Avoid stopping unnecessarily for potential jaywalkers”. Describe a potential jaywalker. How do I as a driver design who is a potential jaywalker and what if I slow down to avoid them but cause a potetial hazard to the driver behind me?
“…The appropriate speed is determined by road conditions and visibility obstructions” – What is the appropriate speed for the current conditions (especially during winter)?
What is defined as “unnecessarily cautious”?
“Driving in the middle of a marked roadway for extended distances” – What are extended distances? 10 meters, 1 block, 2 blocks?
I hope to read your comments !