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Old 02-09-2010, 12:13 AM   #1
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questions about road test in a 5 speed



reallly pissed today after calling drive test to find out about taking my test in a 5 speed. everyone says its hard, ( i took my first one in a 5 speed, so figured again was no big deal) a few people have told the rules changed and now they have all sorts of sneaky ways to fail you in standard. apparently a heel toe is fail. a downshift to speed up is fail (like on highway to get power to make safe lane change) and a few other random things.
can anyone clarify this? i dont even want to get into todays discussion. i just need to know what i should be aware of, the difference between taking it in auto/5spd and what theyll be looking for me to do good and bad.

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Old 02-09-2010, 12:43 AM   #2
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Don't take the test in 5 speed. I remember reading a section in the drivers handbook for the test in a 5 speed. There were so many little rules. Like you can't change gears in an intersections wider, or not wider (can't remember) than 4 lanes. You can't change gears while turning or in a bend. Can't roll in neutral, can't skip gears...blah blah blahh and so on.
Don't even chance it! You are not proving anything to anybody by doing the test in a 5 speed. You don't want auto or stick being the deciding factor in your final result. Take the test in auto and have one less thing to worry about.
I'm sure you can find the same info in the St. Catharines driver handbook

Good luck on the test! And let us know how you did.
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Old 02-09-2010, 12:46 AM   #3
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How can it be a fail to downshift to speed up? So if you're in 6th at 110 on the highway, and you want to accelerate to pass someone, you gotta do it in 6th? I dont think so.
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Old 02-09-2010, 01:31 AM   #4
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^ thats what i said.

its not to prove anything, but i only recently realized i have no access to auto. dads company trucks are all 25 plus. mom no car. gf stick. friends with cars are mostly stick or cant for insurance purposes. too young to rent a car haha. might have to get one from driving school and suck up the 120 dollars. or track down an available auto
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Old 02-09-2010, 01:32 AM   #5
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its all the little things like shift in corner and interection im worried about.
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Old 02-09-2010, 04:15 AM   #6
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I've said this before, I'll say it again. Driver tests here are designed worse than cube wheels.
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Old 02-09-2010, 07:28 AM   #7
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rent an auto for the day (or maybe 2) and take the test in it. You can rent a entry level model for like $30/day. Just make sure it doesn't have any bulbs, etc out or non -working otherwise you won't make it off the test lot (as a walk around the vehicle is required b4 driving test).... I have 3 teenagers and 2 have recently gone through the drivers test. Enough to consider when doing your test than worryinh about shifting and screwing it up because of a shift @ the wrong time.
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Old 02-09-2010, 08:56 AM   #8
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I've said this before, I'll say it again. Driver tests here are designed worse than cube wheels.
haha solid!
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Old 02-09-2010, 09:13 AM   #9
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psssht, you can take it in a five speed. Just don't heel toe. I mean, that should be easy enough to prevent.
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