Ontario G1 test

0 of 128 lessons complete (0%)

MODULE 14: Driving efficiently

Lesson 1 with Quiz : Before you are driving

Before driving, a ritual unfolds—a series of preparatory steps that go beyond simply starting the vehicle. It is a scene where responsibility meets expectations, where every day becomes a precursor to the journey ahead. 

This beginning of the journey is a moment to ensure safety, strengthen preparedness, and set yourself up for the road ahead

Module 14: Quiz 1

Before you drive

1 / 3

To drive efficiently, it is best to…?

2 / 3

To drive efficiently you should try to avoid driving…?

3 / 3

You can minimise your environmental footprint by…?

Your score is

The average score is 0%


The ritual begins by approaching the vehicle. When you open the doors and slide into the driver’s seat, the car becomes an extension of your hand. The familiar smell of the cabin, the contours of the steering wheel under your fingertips, and the subtle creaking of the seats contribute to a unique sensory experience of being in the cabin.

Ergonomics of the driving

It is important to adjust the seat and mirrors before driving. The ergonomics of the driving position affect comfort, handling, and visibility. A well-adjusted seat ensures you can reach the pedals comfortably, while properly positioned mirrors reduce blind spots, increasing your environmental awareness. This seemingly mundane task is the cornerstone of safe driving—creating an environment where you are in control of the vehicle and able to effectively respond to the dynamic elements of the road.

The next checkpoint in the pre-ride ritual is the start-up. When you insert the key or press the start button, the engine comes to life, a symphony of mechanical components working together. The sound of the engine is not only heard; it is confirmation that the heart of the vehicle is beating with energy and ready to move you forward. In electric vehicles, the starting silence is just as strong, which means a departure from traditional internal combustion engines.

Gauges convey important information

Before turning in, check the dashboard to get an overview of the vehicle and its health. Fuel levels, engine temperature, and warning lights that may need attention. This is the moment of evaluation, the last check to make sure everything is in order before traveling.



Safety is the most important thing, and before driving, the ritual includes wearing seat belts. The click of a seat belt buckle is a sound that reflects responsibility, commitment to personal safety, and the well-being of passengers. In recent years, advances in vehicle technology have introduced reminders and warnings to ensure that seat belts are not only available but actively used, highlighting their important role in preventing injuries while driving.

Before the wheels start turning, there is a short but necessary pause dedicated to familiarizing yourself with the controls. The dashboard, steering wheel controls, and center console contain a variety of functions, from climate control to entertainment options. Adjusting these settings before driving reduces distractions, allowing you to focus on the road ahead. Browsing through the controls at a glance also ensures you’re aware of important features like headlights, wipers and hazard lights that you might need on the road.

Outside the confines of the vehicle, looking at the outside environment is part of the pre-drive routine. Weather conditions, road conditions, and the general atmosphere outside the car influence the decision. By assessing weather conditions before your ride, you can make informed choices about driving speed, following distances, and taking extra precautions like turning on your headlights or adjusting your tire pressure.

Before traveling, the mental state of the driver is also taken into account. Stress, fatigue, or distraction can reduce concentration and reaction time. A moment of introspection and a mental readiness checklist will help ensure you are in the right frame of mind to take on the responsibility of driving. On long trips, planning breaks and rest stops is part of this mental preparation, recognizing the importance of staying alert during the ride.

The pre-ride ritual also extends to the environment. Being environmentally aware means recognizing pedestrians, cyclists, and other vehicles nearby. Looking over your shoulder, checking blind spots, and following the flow of traffic helps you understand the driving context holistically. Recognizing others on the road is an important part of responsible driving and promotes a sense of shared space and safety.

GPS System and Vehicle Maintenance

Before driving, checking the planned route is a critical element. In the age of navigation systems, this might involve programming a destination into a GPS device or smartphone app. Knowing the route in advance reduces the risk of distractions while driving and gives a general idea of ​​upcoming road conditions, turns, and potential challenges.

Vehicle maintenance is an often overlooked but important part of the pre-ride ritual. Regular checks of tire pressure, fluid level, and the general condition of the vehicle increase its reliability and longevity. A vehicle in good condition is not only safer but also more fuel-efficient, highlighting the economic and environmental benefits of proper maintenance.

The pre-ride ritual is also an opportunity to resolve any lingering concerns or irregularities. Strange sounds, warning lights, or unusual smells can indicate underlying problems that require attention. Before you hit the road, take a moment to research and address these issues to avoid bigger problems.

The last step before driving is to signal your intention to move. Activating turn signals when merging into traffic or turning informs other road users of your actions, which promotes predictability and reduces the risk of misunderstandings. Simple signaling is a courtesy that promotes overall traffic flow and harmony.


In conclusion, riding is not just a series of mechanical tasks but a comprehensive ritual involving physical, mental, and environmental aspects. It is a moment of connection between the driver and the vehicle, a confirmation of readiness for the journey ahead.