(NC) Take a look at these common questions about driving – and then test your knowledge of what is fact and what is urban legend. The answers may surprise you.
1. Do driving test examiners have a fail quota?
No. It might make people feel better to tell themselves this after failing a driving test, but it's not true. If you are ready to be set loose on the world as a qualified driver, you will pass. It's that simple.
2. Is it a fault in your driving test if you cross your hands to steer?
Not necessarily. The 10 and 2 position (on the clock) is the recommended way to use your steering wheel because it gives you good control, but you're not going to fail if you don't do it. However, the examiner will subtract points if they think you have made an unsafe move (for example, a sharp right turn at the wrong speed because your hand slipped a little). The bottom-line is, however you hold the wheel, you need to be safe and in control of the car.
3. Do red cars cost more to insure?
No. Your car's colour does not affect how much you'll pay for insurance. It's the make, model, and age of the vehicle that affects your rate, and your age and driving experience are also factors. There are examples at www.ingenie.ca that show which car models help you save on your auto insurance.
4. What is the purpose of your car horn?
Honking is not an outlet for your road rage or to scold others. Your horn is for warning other drivers. If you need to let someone know you're in their blind spot or to alert them to a hazard ahead – like an animal on the road – a light tap on the horn is usually enough. If someone is driving carelessly and makes a mistake that upsets you, honking at them isn't going to make a difference to their attitude.
This helpful Q&A is from the files of ingenie, an insurance provider that has designed coverage specifically for Ontario drivers aged 16 to 24. The company's approach is to help young drivers become better and safer on the road and to reward them with good driving discounts.
More information is available at www.ingenie.ca .