Frequently Asked Questions

Common Questions about Driving or Licensing Requirement

Affordable, Effective and Convenient Driving Lessons in Elegant Driving Academy.

Privacy Policy:         Elegant Driving Academy is committed to protect your personal information. We promise to limit the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information to the extent required to conduct business.

Cancellation Policy:            48 hours Notice is required to cancel the lesson otherwise, a cancellation fee of $30 will be assessed. Same day or last-minute cancellation will cost full lesson fee or you will lose the lesson. Road Test appointment requires cancelation at least 5 business days in advance.

Refund Policy:         Authorized refunds will be payable in same format within ten days of approval. Amount of refund is limited to the balance of unused prepaid training.

Payment Policy:   Fee is payable in advance. Student can register on our website mentioned above and pay there as well.

Lesson Policy:         Single Lesson is of 90 minutes or 60 minutes total, out of which 5-10 min for debrief & Pre-Trip. Remaining time is practice time. 

Class 4R Program is of 120 min total. This includes 20 min of Pre-Trip and 5-10 min of debrief. 90 min is practice time. 

Basic or Advance Package: Each lesson is for 90 minutes in duration which includes 5-10 min for debrief and Pre-Trip. Remaining time is practice time. 

Road Test Policy:   Student can book Road test Package on above mentioned website but they have to confirm availability before booking.

            Confirmed Date:   Pickup & drop off, 45 min warm-up lesson & ICBC road test. Fee is $160. ICBC fee is not included in driving school fee. Fee is in advance.

            Standby Road Test: Pickup & drop off, 60 min warm-up lesson & ICBC road test Fee is $200. Fee is for minimum 3 hours. All additional time is $50/hour. ICBC fee is not included in driving school fee. Fee is in advance.

Training Format: Format of training is one-on-one however one other person may be in vehicle for observation purpose.

Road Test Booking: We don’t charge any fee to book your road test with ICBC but we encourage all the students to book their own road test for easy cancelation. If Elegant Driving Academy booked your road test, we need minimum of 96 hours of notice to cancel the road test. Failure to do this may result in ICBC charging student $25 late cancelation fee.

If something is not clear or need additional information, please feel free to contact us at 604-721-4700 or email us at info@elegantdrivingacademy.com

GLP drivers who completed an ICBC-approved driver education course, had a 19% higher first-attempt pass rate on their Class 7 road test.

 

Number of 1st attempt passes and fails for Class 7 road test from 2012–2016

 GLP drivers who took an ICBC-approved courseGLP drivers who didn’t take an ICBC-approved course 
YearFailPassSub-totalFailPassSub-totalGrand total
20121,583​3,3484,93124,43625,63350,06955,000
20131,4883,2444,73224,61725,34049,95754,689
20141,4893,2504,73926,81226,04652,85857,597
20151,4703,153​4,62327,75924,77252,53157,154
20161,4193,0024,42127,89723,53551,43255,853

 

 

Pass rate for Class 7 road test on first attempt

YearCourse takenCourse not takenDifference
201268%51%17%
201369%51%18%
201469%49%19%
201568%47%​​21%
201668%46%22%
Average68%49%19%*

 

GLP drivers who completed an ICBC-approved driver education course, had a 19% higher first-attempt pass rate on their Class 7 road test.

 

*Averages and totals may be affected by rounding.

Source: ICBC’s Corporate Data Warehouse and Enterprise Data Warehouse | March 19, 2017

​At-fault crash difference between drivers who have taken/not taken an ICBC-approved driver education course

YearDifference
201213%
2013​​13%
201410%
20159%
20169%

An at-fault crash is defined as being at least 50% responsible for the crash.

GLP drivers who completed an ICBC-approved driver education course, were between 9% and 13% less likely to be at fault in a crash while in B.C.s Graduated Licensing Program.

Notes

  1. Counts include incidents that occurred in parking lots or involved parked vehicles. Data also includes out of province crashes.
  2. GLP drivers who have taken an ICBC-approved course are defined as drivers issued Declaration of Completion forms for Class 7 and 8 before the crash date.
  3. ICBC implemented a new claims system. As a result, the way ICBC collects and reports crash data has changed. Data from 2013 or earlier may not be directly comparable to 2014 data and crime data has changed.

Source: ICBC’s Corporate Data Warehouse and Enterprise Data Warehouse | January 31, 2018​​

GLP drivers who completed an ICBC-approved driver education course between 2012 and 2015 were 4% less likely to receive a a violation in the first year following their road test.

 

Number of violations from 201​2–2016*

​​

GLP drivers who took an ICBC-approved course​ ​ ​

​​​GLP drivers who didn’t take an ICBC-approved course​​

​ ​

Yea​r

Violations

No violations​​

Total

Violations

No violations

Total

20124872,8613,3484,94520,68525,630
20134282,8153,2434,44420,89225,336
20144312,8183,2494,40421,63326,037
20153492,8023,1513,82220,94624,768
2016**1622,8403,0021,60421,92323,527

*Includes all guilty violations within one year of Class 7 road test.

 

**2016 data is incomplete as report is within scan period.

 

Percentage of violations for GLP drivers who have taken/not taken an ICBC-approved driver education course

​​GLP drivers who took an ICBC-approved course​GLP drivers who didn’t take an ICBC-approved course
Year

Violation

No violation

Violation

No violation

20121​​5%85%19%81%
201313%87%18%82%
201413%87%17%83%
201511%89%15%85%
Average13% 17% 

 

GLP drivers who completed an ICBC-approved driver education course between 2012 and 2015 were about 4% less likely to receive a violation.

 

Source: Contraventions database | March 19, 2017​

During the learner’s license stage, ICBC recommends 60 hours of behind-the-wheel practice time with your qualified supervisor In order to adequately cover the skills and manoeuvres, each stage should involve at least 15-20 hours of practice.

Stage 1 • Vehicle familiarization
• Comfortable in light traffic and side streets
• Basic rules of the road and hazard detection

Stage 2
• Comfortable on main streets and in intersections
• Lane changes and stall parking
• Speed management and visual searching

Stage 3
• Comfortable in heavy traffic, highways, and complex intersections
• Advanced hazard perception

Stage 4 • Independent decision making, route planning, and execution
Schools are here to give you foundation but Practice makes these foundation solid. Here are some great tips:
It’s important that Students are aware of other risks they might face, like vehicle problems, peer pressure, and distractions. Maintain low-risk driving environments
Quiet streets: Take your teen out on quiet streets and in daylight hours for as long as you feel necessary.
Minimal risk: Ensure your teen’s first challenging drive has minimal risk. If it’s their first time on a highway, take them out in daylight with lower traffic levels.
Avoid rush hour: Try driving during less busy hours until your teen feels more confident.
Practice with variety: When your teen is more confident, ensure they get practice in different weather, times of day, and locations.
Questions to ask your teen
• Car maintenance: Do they know how to get gas, check oil and other fluids, tire air pressure and what to do if they get a flat tire?
• Route planning: Have they planned their route in advance?
• Emotional awareness: Could their emotional state or energy level affect their driving ability? What to do in a crash
• Collecting information in a crash: Educate your teen to obtain License Plate, Driving license and Insurance Information. Call 911 and look for their and other’s safety at first. Reminding Graduated licensing restrictions
• Know the rules: Remind your teen about the restrictions in graduated licensing. Breaking the rules can cost them financially and add time to their time spent as a learner.
• No electronic devices: Remind your teen about the dangers of distracted driving. Electronic devices aren’t allowed while they’re in the graduated licensing program, even if hands-free.
Driving skills you’ll need to know During your road test, you’ll need to demonstrate a variety of driving skills. These are the most common skills to practice:
• Driving through intersections, turning left and right
• Pulling out into traffic
• Pulling over and stopping at the side of the road
• Changing lanes
• Parking on a hill
• Starting on a hill
• Backing up
• Angle parking
• Parallel parking
• Stall parking (driving forward and backing up into a stall)
• Two and three point turns
• Merging on and off a highway
• General driving (e.g., driving straight, driving on hills and curves)
• Knowing what to do around emergency vehicles

Not every skill will be part of your test, but practicing them all will give you the best chance of being prepared.

Hazard awareness
While you’re driving, it’s important to scan your environment and be aware of potential hazards on the road. You may be asked to point some out during your test.
Examples of potential hazards:
• Dangerous drivers
• Emergency vehicles
• Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycles
• Blind spots and hidden driveways
• Animals
• Icy or snowy roads
• Uneven roads

Our Instructors would be happy to complete a 1-hour Simulated Road Test so they can advise you of your current strengths and skills as well as any habits that may require additional practice prior to testing.

  • Cracked or illegally tinted windshield or windows
  • Dash warning lights (e.g. air bag) that affect the safe operation of the vehicle
  • Seatbelts not working or frayed
  • Brake lights, signal lights or headlights not working or with badly cracked or missing lenses
  • Vehicle not properly licensed or insured
  • Unsafe or illegal vehicle modifications​​​
  • Horn not working
  • Unsafe tires​
  • Doors or windows not operating (e.g. doors don’t open from inside)
  • ​Gas tank or electric charge too low​​

 

When you come for your test, be sure to bring:

Note: 

  • If you plan to use a vehicle from a car sharing co-op or company and are not the named member, you must provide a letter from the company authorizing you to use the vehicle for an ICBC road test; the letter must be written on original letterhead, dated, and signed by a representative of the company. A new letter must be produced for each road test attempt.
  • Audio, video and other recording devices cannot be used during your road test. GPS and navigation systems must be turned off. Using these devices could lead to the cancellation of your road test appointment.
  • Vehicles must have Canadian plates

There is a $25 road test cancellation fee if you do not cancel any booked road test within 48 hours.

Class 7, 8 – graduated licensing program (GLP)

$35 (Seniors 65+ Free)

Class 5, 6

$50 (Seniors 65+ Free)

Class 4 Restricted or Unrestricted

$40​

House trailer endorsement

$50

Re-exams initiated by RoadSafetyBC

Free

for more info visit ICBC

5-year licence renewal$75
5-year renewal for seniors (65+)$17
Replacement licence (if lost or stolen) or upgraded licence$17
First 2-year licence (for non-learner drivers moving to B.C.)$31
First 5-year novice licence$75
2-year licence re-instatement$31

 

for more info Visit ICBC

Any Question in mind? Please ask us!

Policy Statement

Privacy Policy: Elegant Driving Academy is committed to protect your personal information. We promise to limit the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information to the extent required to conduct business.

Cancellation Policy: 48 hours Notice is required to cancel the lesson otherwise, a cancellation fee of $30 will be assessed. Same day or last-minute cancellation will cost full lesson fee or you will lose the lesson. Road Test appointment requires cancelation at least 5 business days in advance.

Refund Policy: Authorized refunds will be payable in same format within ten days of approval. Amount of refund is limited to the balance of unused prepaid training.
Payment Policy: Fee is payable in advance. Student can register on our website mentioned above and pay there as well.

Lesson Policy: Single Lesson is 90 min/60 min in duration which includes 5-10 min for
debrief and Pre-Trip. Remaining time is practice time.

Class 4R Program is 120 min in duration which includes 20 min of Pre-Trip and 10 min of debrief. 90 min is practice time
Basic or Advance Package with us, each lesson is for 90 minutes in duration which includes 5-10 min for debrief and Pre-Trip. Remaining time is practice time. Details of package are on above mentioned website.
Road Test Policy:: Student can book Road test Package on above mentioned website but they have to confirm availability before booking.

Confirmed Date: Pickup & drop off, 45 min warm-up lesson & ICBC road test Fee is $160. ICBC fee is not included in driving school fee. Fee is in advance. 

Standby Road Test: Pickup & drop off, 45 min warm-up lesson & ICBC road test Fee is $200. Fee is for minimum 3 hours. All additional time is $50/hour. ICBC fee is not included in driving school fee. Fee is in advance.

Training Format: Format of training is one-on-one however one other person may be in vehicle for observation purpose.

Road Test Booking: We don’t charge any fee to book your road test with ICBC but we encourage all the students to book their own road test for easy cancelation. If Elegant Driving Academy booked your road test, we need minimum of 96 hours of notice to cancel the road test. Failure to do this may result in ICBC charging student $25 late cancelation fee.

Privacy Policy

Elegant Driving Academy is committed to protect your personal information. We promise to limit the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information to the extent required to conduct business. Any Question regarding our service or Policy. Please contact us.

Refund Policy

Authorized refunds will be payable within ten days of approval. Amount of refund is limited to the balance of unused prepaid training. No refund of tuition fees will be made for cancelled sessions.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy48 hours Notice is required to cancel the lesson otherwise, a cancellation fee of $30 will be assessed. Same day or last-minute cancellation will cost full lesson fee or you will lose the lesson. Road Test appointment requires cancelation at least 5 business days in advance.