Sign of the week: Curb lane of cross street ahead is a reserved lane

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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Many drivers—both experienced and new—commonly miss this sign before turning right, and they can end up turning to the closest lane.

But if you do that on a road test, it’s a ground for failure. 

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What to expect at your first driving lesson

Your first driving lesson is all about getting comfortable behind the wheel and picking up basic and important driving habits. 

Safety is always number one with ICBC, and safety is also always number one with SenSen Driving School. In your first lesson, we’ll cover things that will set you up for success as you take on more driving lessons.

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2 compelling—but big—reasons why new drivers should always do a pre-trip check

Regardless of how many years of driving experience you already have, it’s important to do a pre-trip check. In fact, this is something you should do each time you take your vehicle out.

What is a pre-trip check anyway?

A pre-trip check is exactly what it sounds like: it’s you inspecting your car before you make a trip. It involves walking around your vehicle and making sure there aren’t any visible damages or debris that might affect your driving. It also includes making sure everything is working in your car and adjusting everything for the best fit and visibility.

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What to look for in a driving instructor

If you’re a new driver or you have a teen who’s just starting to drive, it’s a good idea to hire a driving instructor.

Working with a licensed and professional instructor can help ensure that you have the right skills that ICBC is looking for during your road test. More importantly, the right driving instructor can equip you with the right skills and mentorship to start driving safely and with confidence.

But not all driving instructors are equal. The reality is that some instructors are better than others. So it’s important to pick the right instructor if you’re planning on paying for driving lessons.

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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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