Immigrating to Ontario: How to Get Your Ontario Driver’s Licence

10 Mar

Immigrating to Ontario: How to Get Your Ontario Driver’s Licence

Immigrating to Ontario: How to Get Your Ontario Driver’s Licence

Of the many items you’ll need to take care as an immigrant to Canada, obtaining a drivers licence in your new home province may not be the first thing on your mind, but it’s important to put it on your list. The process for getting your new Ontario drivers licence depends somewhat on your level of driving experience, as well as what country you are immigrating from. Overall, it remains much the same for most immigrants.

Reciprocal Licensing

Canada has agreements with certain nations that allow a reciprocal recognition of each other’s drivers licences. This means that if you come from one of these nations, you will be able to quickly obtain your new Ontario licence in a simple swap without having to take a road test or written test.

The nations with reciprocal licensing are:

  • United States
  • Australia
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Switzerland
  • Germany
  • France
  • United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man
  • Austria
  • Belgium

Instructions for exchanging your licence are found here. If you come from any other country, you will need to go through the process of obtaining an Ontario drivers licence.

Ontario’s Graduated Licensing System

Ontario uses a graduated licensing system in which there are levels of driving privileges to allow new drivers to improve their skills. In some cases, immigrants may be required to start at the beginning of this process, and in other cases they may proceed to the next level. Ontario’s licence levels are:

  • G1: Beginner’s permit, may not drive without an adult, fully licensed driver and may not drive during certain hours
  • G2: Intermediate licensing, with only a few restrictions as to hours on the road
  • G: Full licence with no restrictions, licences swapped under the reciprocal agreement will receive this full licence

Most immigrants will be able to easily obtain the G2 licence and then simply complete the test for the full G licence after a short waiting period. Drivers who have less than 24 months experience or cannot prove driving experience more than 12 months will have to start with the G1 licence and then take the test for the G2. Drivers who cannot prove any driving experience will have to start at the beginning as with any new driver in Ontario.

The Process of Obtaining Your Ontario Licence

It’s best to start the steps towards your Ontario licence before you come to Canada in order to expedite the process and ensure you have everything you need. Bring from your home country:

  • A letter from your transportation authority authenticating your licence, in English or French
  • A translated copy of your drivers licence in either English or French
  • Your International Drivers Licence or Permit, which allows you to drive for 2 months in Ontario during which time you must apply for an Ontario licence

Once you have arrived in Canada you can apply for an Ontario licence, either a G1 or a G2 depending on your driving experience. When you go in to apply for your licence be sure to bring all of the following:

  • Your current drivers licence issued by your home country
  • Proof of your identity, such as a passport or permanent resident card (see the full list of acceptable items here)
  • Proof of former driving experience: 12 months for a G1 and 24 months for a G2 licence

At the driver licensing office, you will be required to:

  • Take and pass a vision test
  • Take and pass a written test to prove your knowledge and understanding of Ontario’s driving laws
  • Pay all applicable fees (fees are listed here)
  • Have your photo taken

If you are issued a G1 licence, you will have to take the G2 road test in order to obtain the next level of your Ontario licence. If you cannot prove any driving experience, you will have to take the test for the G1 licence first, serve the waiting period and then take the G2 test.

Other Things to Consider

Ontario drivers are required to have car insurance. If you have a history with a car insurance company in your home country, this could help you to get better rates on your insurance policy in Canada. Request a Letter of Experience from your insurance company stating the length of your in-force policy history and your claims-free status. Bring this when you request car insurance quotes in Ontario.

Drivers coming from countries where the rules of the road are very different from Canada will be expected to take a driver training course in order to learn Canada’s road system and rules. Even as a driver from a nation with similar rules, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with Canada’s laws before you drive here. Online practice permit tests are a good way to prepare for the actual test.

10 Mar

10 Benefits Of Defensive Driving You Probably Didn’t Know

10 Benefits Of Defensive Driving You Probably  Didn’t  Know!

Defensive driving teaches safe driving techniques to drivers.
At defensive driving classes students learn to overcome mistakes in driving techniques, learn to improve their driving skills; learn to make informed decisions and to anticipate situations while driving. Defensive driving classeshave been set up by the government and police departments to make the world a safer place to live in. The need for speed can kill, it is important to teach driver discipline and safety rules. Defensive driving aims to reduce the risk of driving. Drivers must instinctively anticipate dangerous situations and avoid risks while driving vehicles in normal as well as adverse conditions. Defensive driving courses cover aspects like: emergency care, principles of safety, control of fear and emotions, on the spot decision making, quick reactions, fear, and so on.
The benefits of defensive driving classes are many and vary with each state.

 

  1. Most states offer as incentive a reduction of points on your driver’s license following a driving violation ticket and offer the additional incentive of not increasing insurance rates.
  2. In some states a defensive driving course would get at least 10% reduction is insurance rates for a period of 3-5 years. This being a considerable saving.
  3. A defensive driving course will teach safe and accident free driving techniques.
  4. The course will teach protection techniques and how to handle road rage and speeding.
  5. The defensive driving course will teach safe driving techniques in bad weather and adverse conditions. The course will hone skills in highway driving, night driving, and extreme weather driving.
  6. The course will inculcate critical safety issues and teach emergency action too.
  7. By taking a defensive driving course you will not have to appear in court.
  8. The driving violation charges will be dismissed and a fine will not be assessed.
  9. Defensive driving classes create responsible citizens which mean children and families will remain protected.
  10. Most important the defensive driving classes will improve driving skills, reiterate driving laws and rules and make better drivers of people.

defensive driving class can even be taken virtually. Defensive driving teaches people to be responsible drivers and take all necessary precautions when seated behind the wheel of a car. It protects not just the driver but pedestrians, animals, and fellow commuters. It makes the roads safer.
Defensive driving saves lives.

10 Mar

Safe Driving Strategies

It’s a familiar scenario. The parent otherwise known as the “chauffeur” sits behind the wheel of the family vehicle, coffee in hand, kids’ music playing. Time’s tight because one child has to be dropped off and another picked up — at the same time! With all that going on inside the car, it’s no wonder the driver finds it difficult, at times, to keep her mind on the road.

Driving mindfully is something Joan Hoskinson, a champion rally car driver, knows a thing or two about. As the holder of the Ontario P4 and Novice performance rally driving titles, Hoskinson maintains control of her car in a variety of situations. On loose gravel, ice or snow Hoskinson can reach speeds of up to 150 km.

What she has learned on the rally circuit can help “family chauffeurs.”

1. Check your tires regularly and ensure they are properly inflated. Your car manufacturer affixes a sticker to the car door listing the recommended pressure in psi (pounds per square inch). Hoskinson carries a tire gauge in her purse and suggests that if you don’t know how to use one, ask your mechanic to show you.

2. Check your headlights, tail lights and turn signals regularly.

3. Wear your seat belts.

4. Is your seat too far back? Before starting the car, depress the brake
pedal as far as possible. If you slide back in the drivers’ seat when applying the brake, move your seat up.

5. Many cars have adjustable steering wheel columns. To check if your steering wheel is at the right position for you, try this test. Imagine the wheel as a clock face and put your hands at 9:30 and 2:30 (the position your hands should always be in when you drive). Turn the wheel until one of your hands is at the top (12:00).

That top hand should be level with your shoulder. If it is too high or too low you won’t have maximum steering power. “Keep your hands on the wheel,” says Hoskinson, “because you may need to steer hard to control a car, and in an emergency, split seconds matter. Most of your car’s controls can be accessed without taking hands off the steering wheel.”

6. Minimize distractions within the car, especially if you have kids riding with you. That means no radio, CDs, cellular phones or coffee cups. “If I need to concentrate, especially in bad weather, I turn off the music,” says Hoskinson. She applies this rule with some discretion. She recommends personal CD players for the kids to listen to their tunes so the driver can concentrate more completely on the road and other drivers instead of trying to decipher the lyrics of the latest Outkast song.

7. Where are you looking when driving? “Most of us look at the road or the bumper of the car in front of us when driving but if something is going to happen, it will probably take place in front of the car in front of you,” says Hoskinson. “Be aware of the traffic around you and look as far into the distance as you can see down the road. This strategy should give you more time to react.”

8. Adjust your mirrors, especially the passenger mirror, in order to see other drivers rather than your own car. “Use your peripheral vision,” says Joan. “Use your mirrors but do a visual double-check by looking over your shoulder, too.”

9. Lessons are good for all drivers. Hoskinson suggests a defensive winter driving course so drivers get the opportunity to practice handling your vehicle in ice and snow conditions.

10. Try to keep your cool in stressful situations. Although Hoskinson has seen a lot of bad drivers, she avoids getting upset by quietly muttering
driving tips to them.

Visit Transport Canada for more information.

2 Mar

In The Car

In Car

Our driving instructors are well trained professional who will teach any beginner driver to become a safe and confident driver.

Within these 10 hours the new driver will learn the basic skills required for driving. At the end of the lessons, the new driver will be given a test similar to the driving test standards.

How do you want to learn?

Your lessons, your way

Everyone learns in different ways. So when you sign up to Learn Safe Driving Academy, one of the first things we’ll do is work out a personal lesson plan. It’ll be designed to give you the very best chance of passing your test and will help turn you into a safe and confident driver.

So how does it work? Well, for a start, we’ll want to find out about your driving experience so we know how many lessons you might need in total. Then we will work out how many sessions we can fit into a week. We usually recommend at least a two-hour lesson each week, because most people find this works best. But it’s your call and we’ll fit around your life as best we can.

Advantage of Learning with Learn Safe

The best help

Learn Safe Driving Academy  is experienced driving school in Toronto, so you can be sure that our instructors really know tips and tricks of turning a novice driver into safe and confident driver. They’ll guide you through the practical (G1 & G2) and theory side of driving and can even run a mock test for you, so you are prepared for the real test. Our carefully structured lessons mean that we are geared up to help you pass first time.

The right car

With Learn Safe Drive you will learn in a Professorially maintained car, that’s got all the modern features you’d expect. And it’s even backed up by a spare car so you will have no worries about breaking down.

Few Extras

  1. Driving lessons are 1, 1.5 or 2 hour sessions.
  2. Lessons 7 Days A Week
  3. Driving Lessons are from 7:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m
  4. One-on-one driving lessons
  5. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Cash and Debit, PayPal
  6. Cars are available for your Road Test
  7. Free Pick up and Drop off

Booking lessons and special offers:

Booking lessons with Learn Safe couldn’t be easier.

Book your lessons

You can either call us on 1-647-726-3343, contact us online. It will take a few minutes to find out when you want your lessons, where you would like to be picked up and, of course, what car you would like and then we are all set. So go on and call us today.

Getting ready to drive

To get the most out of your lessons, come prepared:

Wear the right gear – Comfy clothes and especially shoes are a must. No steel-capped boots or high heels please.

Think ahead – You will need to be aware and alert during your lessons, so do not have a big night out the day before – or drink alcohol. Tell your instructor if you are unwell as some medicines can make you drowsy and not safe to drive.

Don’t worry about the nerves – It’s perfectly natural to be nervous when learning to drive. But do not worry – just tell your instructor how you are feeling and he or she will know exactly how to help.

Follow the rules – You can still get penalty points before you pass your test – for speeding for example. So come prepared, knowing your Highway traffic act code  and responsibility as a driver.

Taking your lessons 

Practical Driving Lessons

We teach driving lessons for beginners, intermediate and advanced drivers. If you have some driving experience, we will take you on the road for an assessment in order to find out what level you are at. Driving lessons are provided in new vehicles fully equipped for your safety.

 After your first lesson

You may call after your first lesson to make sure everything went well. And while we’ll always try to give you an instructor that’s right for you – if something’s not quite right, we can always change your instructor.

It’s your lesson

You are paying $$ for your lessons, so why should you compromise? At Learn Safe we have the highest quality standards.

2 Mar

In The Class

In our classroom training by our experts you will learn:-

  • Rules of the road
  • Vehicle Components and vehicle handling
  • Driving in the city, country, highways and freeway
  • Driving in adverse conditions (Night,winter and rain)