You’re about to take your Alberta road test and you’re feeling the pressure, aren’t you? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back.

We’ll delve into what it takes to pass the test, discuss the mistakes you’re allowed, and share critical tips that’ll help you remember crucial information for your big day.

Buckle up, because we’re about to make this journey a whole lot smoother!

## How to Pass the Alberta Road Test

When preparing for the Alberta Road Test, it’s vital that you’re comfortable and adept with the key aspects of driving. You need to command a thorough understanding of vehicle controls and master parking, starting, and backing maneuvers.

You should also be clear about lane usage rules and know how to handle intersections and execute turns correctly. Accurately interpreting traffic lights and signs is crucial to not just pass your test but also ensure safety on the road.

### Controls

It’s crucial to have a good understanding of all the vehicle controls during your Alberta road test. Your proficiency in these areas will be evaluated:

– Defrosting fogged-up windows
– Using windshield wipers
– Maintaining hand position on the wheel (9 and 3 o’clock)
– Signalling when moving from curb, turning, or changing lanes
– Steering smoothly at all times
– Accelerating smoothly, adjusting to varying conditions
– Stopping smoothly, avoiding sudden stops.

### Parking/starting/backing

During the examination, you’ll need to demonstrate proficiency in parking, starting, and backing up your vehicle. Pay attention to the distance from the curb while parallel or hill parking. Backing up requires keen observation using mirrors and turning around. Remember, no tire should be more than 50 cm from the curb. Also, keep in mind that park assist features are off-limits during testing.

### Lanes

Maintaining proper lane position and making safe lane changes are crucial skills for driving, especially in high-traffic areas.

Avoid center-lane driving on unmarked roads, often residential. Before turning right from such a roadway, look over your shoulder.

Change lanes only if there’s ample space, maintaining a good speed and spacing cushion between your vehicle and others around you.

### Intersections and Turns

Navigating intersections and executing turns correctly are key aspects of safe driving. This requires you to be both alert and knowledgeable about the rules. When turning, enter and exit in the correct lane. If there’s an obstruction, consider the second lane. Understand traffic signs and maintain good judgment.

### Traffic lights/signs

Understanding traffic lights and signs is crucial to your safety and the safety of others on the road.

Watch for ‘stale’ green lights, indicating that the light will soon turn amber. Be ready to stop; don’t enter an intersection on amber.

Treat flashing ambers with caution, always observe lights promptly, and make a full stop before turning right at a red light.

### Right-of-way

It’s crucial to respect the right-of-way rules to ensure safety on the roadways.

Be observant at intersections and crosswalks, granting pedestrians ample space.

If a driver yields their right-of-way, proceed with caution.

Avoid unnecessary stops for potential jaywalkers but be prepared to slow down at crosswalks.

Assert your own right-of-way when safe, even when turning right at a red light.


You’ve got to keep a keen eye on your speed, ensuring it aligns with the posted limits and conditions. Pay particular attention to:

1. Weather: adjust speed for safety.
2. Traffic flow: don’t disrupt it by driving too slowly.
3. School/Playground zones: respect the 30 km/h limit.
4. Your test day: confirm if school’s in session.

## How many mistakes are you allowed

On your Alberta road test, you’re allowed to make a limited number of mistakes before they result in automatic failure. For Class 1-4, more than 50 points results in failing; for Class 5 and 6, it’s over 75 points.

Automatic failures occur if you endanger others, drive unsafely or break traffic laws. Be mindful of these rules to increase your chances of passing.

## What do I need to remember for my road test

Having clarified the number of permissible mistakes in your road test, let’s focus on essential factors to remember.

You should master reading signs and traffic lights, maintaining lanes, performing shoulder checks, and managing speed. Also, perfecting mirror checks is key alongside ensuring hands-on wheels etiquette at all times.

These tips significantly increase your chances of acing the Alberta road test on your first attempt.