How to properly and safely open the driver side door


I often get laughs or weird looks when I ask my student to open their door…but it’s not a trick question. There is a purpose to asking you to open your door safely.

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Sign of the week: Red light

Sign of the Week is a weekly feature here on the SenSen Driving School blog that demystifies some common head-scratching signs you’ll see as a driver.


Traffic lights are very important signs to help organize traffic flow. As a driver, you need to understand what each light represents so you can react appropriately.

In general, a red light means stop, a yellow light means caution (not drive faster) and a green light means go (yes, a green lights means go, unless there are pedestrians). Sometimes these traffic lights can be a little different. For example, lights could be flashing, or if there’s an arrow pointing a certain direction.

This week, we are specifically talking about red lights.

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Shoulder checks: the why, when and how


Doing a proper shoulder check can be the difference between passing your road test or not. But, more importantly, a shoulder check can save you from a car accident and quite literally save your life.

In this blog post, we’ll talk about how to do a proper shoulder check and when to do it.

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Sign of the week: School zones

Sign of the Week is a weekly feature here on the SenSen Driving School blog that demystifies some common head-scratching signs you’ll see as a driver.

School ZoneJust like playground zones we talked about a couple weeks ago, drivers need to be extra careful in and around school zones. Children are incredibly unpredictable, and you never know if they’re going to run across the road.

The sign on the far left is often seen on highways near school zones. Be mindful of the children and please follow the posted speed limit during school times.

The second and third sign is what you see when you are entering a school zone. Keep to posted speed limit. The speed is not suggested—it is the law. Unlike playground zones, school zones are in effect 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on school days. Not Monday to Friday or everyday because there are often holidays, Pro D days and winter and summer vacations.

If summer school is in session, then these special signs will be put up to notify drivers. Again, please respect the posted speed limit during school days and times.

The sign on the far right is often seen when you are nearby a school zone. This does not mean you need to reduce your speed down to 30 km/h. Keep to regular speed limit, but be very careful and slow down when children are present.

Wondering where school zones start and end? Here’s the rule, according to ICBC’s Learn to Drive Smart book.

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As always, stay sharp. Look further ahead so you dont miss these signs and fail your road test.

How to prepare for your first driving lesson

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Signing up for driving lessons is exciting. But, from my many years working with student drivers, I’ve also seen many people who are very nervous about their first driving lesson.

The good news: it’s perfectly normal to be nervous, especially on your first time. Driving is a skill, and if you’ve never done it before, then it’s definitely expected that you’d be nervous about trying it.

That said, there are several things you could do to reduce stress and nervousness on your first day. Consider these tips before seeing your driving instructor.

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