Sign of the week: Green lights

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Lets keep it simple this week. We will be discussing what the green traffic light means. Green means go. Okay, end of post. Just kidding. There is a little more to this than that statement.

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How to do reverse stall parking

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This week we will be discussing backing up into a parking stall, also known as reverse stall parking.

This particular manoeuvre is just as intimidating as parallel parking, if not more. This will be the last skill you perform for your examiner when you return from your road test. Remember that even if you make the perfect run on your test, if you come back and can’t park, you can still fail your road test. Make sure you know how to reverse stall park both on the left side and the right side.

The same concerns as parallel parking will go through your head. What if there are cars behind me? What if I hit the cars beside me? What if I don’t do it fast enough and someone steals my spot?

With proper instructions and guidance and the right technique, reverse stall parking doesnt have to be scary.

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Sign of the week: Yellow 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.

Yellowlight-PointofnoreturnYellow light means caution. It means the traffic light is about to turn red and you need to stop before the intersection unless you aren’t able to stop safely behind the first white line.

As you are approaching the intersection, you might notice a stale green light. This means the light has been green for a while and is about to turn yellow. If you can safely stop in time, please do so.

As you approach the intersection, there are a number of factors you need to consider when deciding if you should stop at the light or not:

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How to parallel park

If you’re a new driver, you might find parallel parking a little intimidating. I know what you’re thinking: How am I ever going to learn how to do this? This is so hard to do. What if there are cars behind me? What if I hit the car in front? What if I hit the car behind? What if I don’t do it fast enough and someone steals my spot?

With proper instruction and the right technique, parallel parking doesn’t have to be scary.

There are many methods on how to parallel park depending on who you speak with. Every driving instructor has their own unique style in teaching this skill. In this blog post, we’ll go over the general steps to give you a better idea of how to handle this seemingly daunting task.

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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.

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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

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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.