For those of you reading this from out of the province or even another country, Ontario uses a graduated licensing system. There are 3 levels for general driving, you must complete all 3 within a certain number of years to become fully licensed. Until you do, there are certain restrictions that apply based on your age and which level you are at.
I started driving late in life. When my friends and classmates turned 16 they ran to get their G1 and begin driving. Not me, I just … didn’t. I turned 24 and realized I needed to drive. Really, it was ridiculous that I wasn’t already driving.
With a much needed push and some help from a good friend & colleague, I wrote my G1 exam when I was 24 (on her 16 year old son’s birthday – we went together). A year went by and I took my G2 driving test. I passed with flying colours – I even kicked butt at parallel parking! So when I graduated to my G2 license and I could finally drive on my own, I just became too comfortable at that level and never went for another test to proceed to the full G level. I coasted on my G2 license to the very end.
Along comes March 2014 and I realized my G2 license was about to EXPIRE!
In a panic I booked my G driving test and miraculously they had an appointment open THE DAY BEFORE my license was set to expire. So yesterday I did the G driving test and passed!
I was already driving with no restrictions, based on my age, but it’s such a GREAT feeling knowing that I’m now fully licensed and the graduated license process is over – at age 30! Such a huge relief.
I don’t need to do another driving test until I’m 80. Woohoo!