How to Plan a Route or Road Trip and Navigate to a Destination

Hi there smart drivers. Rick with Smart Drive Test talking to you tonight about route planning and navigation. It is a fundamental skill of driving==and unfortunately for those of you who have taken driver’s education, whether that is with a passenger vehicle or as a CDL driver–unfortunately it’s one of those things that doesn’t get taught to new drivers. And often new drivers are left trying to figure it out for themselves About how to route plan and navigate Now I will tell you that route planning and navigation is a lot easier now with GPS our phones GPS in our phones and Google Maps than when I learned how to do it in the 1990s all we have is a map book so tonight Dave is here a shimmer’s here Burke is here and don’t use her name is here had to tune in either don’t use their name excellent so everybody’s here and yes it is a good topic and I’ve had requests from smart drivers to get this up so I’m gonna do the live stream on it tonight and then I’m going to do a more intensive you know condensed video for this because I’m going to include this topic into the defensive driving course that I’m currently working like mad to get finished and get up for you there and get that available on the website and when I do get that up and get that on the bail available on the website what I’m going to do is I’m going to offer it free for a few people to have a look at and maybe just give me some feedback on the course and just ask you for a testimonial just so I can get that going and get all the bugs worked out of it enough and whatnot Tommy’s here how are you Tommy so it’s great that everybody’s here so yeah Matt’s here yeah yeah GPS is a nice thing Matt I have to say I went back a couple years ago driving truck and they did have a GPS in the truck which was a specific GPS for CDL drivers it warns you of low overhead obstructions and those types of things which is really good and but the GPS and the truck broke and I ended up using the one of my phone and even though one of my phone worked really well so that was that was really good thanks Cory for letting me know about that that’s great yes and the Olympics are on the link pics are really great so yeah you guys probably know more about the Olympics than I do incredibly busy here trying to get stuff going in that and whatnot so and Tom and Tommy’s good that’s great okay so if anybody has any questions about passing a road test doing their CDL license ask me anything about licensing and I’ll be more than happy to help you out with that as well as the route planning and navigation presentation that I put together for you I you see when drifting that’s not good I see that’s not good yeah drifting is probably something you should learn in a closed circuit area like on a racetrack or something like that you did see the movie Fast and the Furious Tokyo Drift right don’t use her name Garmin has over-height warnings it’s one of the best yes that is a great recommendation there I haven’t got into actually owning a GPS yet I just used my phone and Google Maps and I’m going to show you how to do that as well Sara’s here going for driver’s license on February 26 and you are most welcome Sara if you have any questions at all dropped me a note tonight here in the comments or drop me an email rick at smart drive test for those of you who are new to smart drive test and haven’t been here before smart drive test helps new drivers get a license regardless of class whether it’s mark Bossert car and as well we help CD CDL drivers start a career as a truck or bus driver so if you’re new here hit that subscribe button as well hit that thumbs up button if you like what you see here and for those of you watching on the replay as well hit the thumbs up button hit that subscribe button and definitely leave us a comment all that helps out to improve the channel and certainly supports what we’re doing here smart drive test to help everybody Rob good evening how are you howdy Ashmore how do you park perfectly straight what kind a schmear what kind of parking are you talking about are you talking about parking along a curve are you talking about parallel parking what kind of parking are you talking about a strimer just let me know that don’t use your name what kind of services are you talking about in the u.s. because all of the stuff that we do is all online so that’s so probably the answer your question is no sink three GPS so that was built into the car was it Tommy Rob any new tips for people coming to truck driving yes do your research

Ryan how are you Rob yeah any tips for people coming to truck driving now Rob are you embarking and going to driving school just let me know what stage you’re at of answering your career as a truck driver I’ll be able to give you a better advice that’s sort of fine-tuned to that okay so everybody’s here looks like we’re getting set up here so what we’re gonna do is I’m going to get started on the presentation and talk to you a little bit about that and so we’ll just switch over to that and Cory will remind me I’m certain for those who don’t know Cory is the one in blue Cory is moderating so if you have any questions or I refer you to a video Cory is really good at going and getting the video for you so that’s really good and getting in the reference ash myrrh driveway reverse parking backing into your driveway okay Ashford one of the things that helps with backing out straight is to especially when you in your driveway because it’s the same all the time right you want to figure out where the landmarks are in your driveway and as well every couple of times that you’re backing up take a moment stop the vehicle pause and look out the front of the windshield and that will give you a reference point of whether the vehicle is straight or not okay so once you figure out where the landmarks are in the driveway that’s one thing that’s going to help you keep the vehicle straight the other thing is is looking forward out the front windshield that’s going to help you keep the vehicle straight as well and for those of the rest you were going for a license and you’re parking the vehicle always pause stop the vehicle and look out the front windshield it’s always not looking out the back but looking out the front that will help you to keep the vehicle straight okay Rob got my CDL going to prime Inc this Tuesday now Rob does prime have a mentoring program is that what you’re doing there okay okay don’t use her name flash is given by trucks they flash like a sequence of Lights when you make spaces for them how do you how do they do that there is a special lever or button okay don’t use her name sometimes they’ll use the four-way flashers and if they flash the four-way flashers three times that’s the thank you also on some of the trucks the Peter belts they have a switch that will actually flash the current the clearance lights so it’s it’s kind of a Deadman switch you got to hold it down so you just hold it down a couple of two three times and it flashes all the clearance lights on the truck and it’s just one of those things that comes with the truck yes don’t use your name they are much much better when Corey’s here that’s for sure we don’t get hijacked so we do think Cory for his work okay so Nick has heard good news about prime so that’s really great yes don’t use her name yeah it’s it’s the Peterbilt there’s a switch in the Peterbilt truck that you just flipped it down a couple of times Rob you’re going to be doing 40,000 miles with a trainer that ya know Rob that’s really the best way to go if you can work with a mentor at the beginning of your truck driving career that is really gonna set you up to be successful because unfortunately a lot of drivers really get just kind of thrown into the deep end and they’re left to figure out you know logbooks they’re figuring out trip planning route planning all those types of things and I’m going to show you a couple of videos here for route planning and that’ll help you to once you get started but there’s just people don’t realize how much work there is at the beginning of being a truck driver now I mean not to mention the fact that you’re trying to figure out how to drive the truck too all the other pieces and bits that come with it and it really takes you you know six eight months before you start getting comfortable with all that stuff you know just watch the video on my friend bill and you know going into the oilfield to learn how to drive so there’s that part as well Sebastian what to do you think you’re being ok car inspectors Sebastian what are you talking about when you’re talking about car inspectors are you talking about a new car that you have to get inspected for it to pass the safety okay given this is a Q&A it is a question and answer and what I just do a bit of a presentation here about 10 or 15 minutes and then most of the time that I’m here I answer questions for you so if you have any questions about getting a license regard any class I’ll be more than happy to answer that for you Dave just let said that to you that yes this is live it is a question that I answer I will answer your questions for you and okay Dave yes and as well Dave there is a sign there is a video here specifically on interstates in the United States it’s very specific to that but I will give you a bit more information about navigating freeways in air States both in Canada in the United

States here okay Sebastian all right so what’s going on Sebastian are you having difficulty with somebody inspecting your vehicle now one of the things I will say before you answer me on that sebastian is if you you have to go back to the same inspector because if you go to different inspectors unfortunately different inspectors are going to give you different information and I have had that experience in the past of trying to get a vehicle inspected where I took it to one place got a list of repairs that needed to be done in order for that vehicle to pass an inspection and then you know because I was young and didn’t know I took it to a different mechanic to have it inspected and they give me a different list of things to do so make sure you take so one thing you want to do when you get a vehicle inspected just take it back to the same person all the time and then that way you gonna get a comprehensive list of what needs to be fixed and what not okay yes Dave that’s what I’m going to do okay I’m going to give you some general information and then I’m gonna do another video on for Wednesday that I’m specifically gonna go out in the car and I’m gonna hook the phone up and I’m gonna do I’m gonna do some route planning on G on Google Maps and then I’m going to go out in the car with the phone and I’m going to show you how to do that thanks so much Rob I appreciate that the NASS is here and i’m gonna really try to pronounce your name correctly tonight because that was most embarrassing when I made that mistake and it’s nice to see you finesse thanks so much all right so we’re gonna get over to the video presentation here just get this going here all right here we go so route planning and navigation and the first thing I’m gonna say about route planning and navigation is not to be lumped in as one thing these are two things now just a minute I’ll get my face up here in the corner for you ones just bear with me one sec my mouse is not cooperating we go all right so there I am so route planning and navigation are two different things route planning is the thing that you do before you go out and start driving your vehicle to the unknown destination and navigation is what you do to get your vehicle to that destination and those are two separate things so we’re going to talk a little bit more in detail about those two things click on the PowerPoint presentation and for those of you who are new here I’m Rick August’s I do have a PhD in legal history and for those of you don’t know what legal history it is a study of policing courts and prisons and my expertise is in policing as it relates to traffic I was a truck driver for most of the 1990s some most of five years full time and then some part-time stuff as well and in 1997 I became a licensed driving instructor I’ve been a licensed driving instructor for the better part of 20 years both in Ontario British Columbia Canada and also I qualified as a driving instructor in Australia in the state of Victoria but I never actually worked as a driving instructor I worked as a bus driver for Greyhound while I was in Australia and I did my doctorate in at the University of Melbourne while I was in strife and I drove Greyhound bus there and I also drove for v-line which is a regional bus driving company there’s so those are my qualifications of being a driving instructor in having the smart drive test channel for those of you who may not have seen the new video that was put up on Saturday parallel parking between Collins I had some requests for this unfortunately some of them were older requests and I finally got that video up and done for you for those of you who are going for to a test centre to parallel park between cones because sometimes they’re going to do this in a closed circuit area and if you don’t know what the test centre that you’re going to be taking a road test that just called go down to the DMV or the local authority that’s going to be testing you here in British Columbia it’s ICBC in ontario it’s the MTO and ask them if they park between cones in a closed circuit area or just call a local driving school and they’ll be able to tell you that as well over on the smart drive test YouTube channel there’s a whole playlist on parallel parking so I’ve done separate videos on parallel parking behind one car between cars the variables of parallel parking and then this one on cones so that’s the new stuff this week so fundamental driving skills as I said during the question and answer there at the beginning navigation of Route planning has changed a lot in the last fifteen or twenty years with the widespread use of GPS we all have GPS and our phones and Google Maps is just a fantastic thing especially if you’re gonna walk you’re gonna ride your bicycle you’re going to

take the local transit if some of you may or may not know that you can plug a route into Google Maps and you can click on transit it’ll tell you when the bus is error and you can click in the option of when you need to be at the destination say at 4:00 p.m. in the afternoon and it’ll give you the exact bus routes that you need to take in any metropolitan area in the world pretty much about transits like I haven’t tested that in Europe and whatnot but I suspect it’s the same because Google is very informative in terms of giving you good information and I’ll tell you a couple years ago I went back driving truck and had access to GPS and it was a completely different exercise in learning how to drive as opposed to back when I drove when we just had a map book and a phone and you had to call people for directions it was a real skill in navigating especially when you had a 75-foot vehicle and you can’t just turn around in somebody’s driveway for the CDL drivers are here and who are starting a career is a bustard truck driver there are two videos here on the smart drive test YouTube channel on route planning and trip planning one is for the United States and the other one is for Canada and this is a much more specialized skill for CDL drivers because the trip planning and route planning has to be in compliance with your hours of service in other words it has to be in in keeping with your logbook hours and for those of you driving in the States you’re allowed did drive 11 hours in a 24 hour period and in Canada is 13 hours in a 24 hour period and all that information to have a look at that if you want a comprehensive course I have logbook courses for both the United States and for Canada over at the website and you can head over there and pick those up as well for about 25 bucks you can take the log book courses and part of those log book courses is both fatigue management and trip planning and route planning and shows you how to do that step by step and as well gives you exercises that will show you how to route plan and how to log this in a log book and how to fill out the logbook sheet so all of that is really good and that information is there in a much more in depth than what it will be for passenger vehicles all right so the route planning part as I said in the introduction route planning and navigation are two separate pieces so the first part that you need to do is you need to plan the route and what you’re looking for when you’re planning the route and you go to Google Maps and you plug this in so you plug in the address of where you’re starting at which is usually going to be your house or if say for example you’re driving from one city to another you’re just going to put in your city because you know how to get out of your city or and I went on to the main road and then you’re gonna plug to the specific address of where you’re going and you’re going to put this into Google Maps and you’re going to take note of where the major routes are and one of the the exercises all caution you on is that you can get a detailed list on Google Maps of every street how far you got to drive don’t just print it out and take it with you because it’s really tough to drive a vehicle and read that list at the same time you need to write it up in your own handwriting on a piece of paper and have notations for short forms so for example railway crossings you just put our our and with a circle around it is north and south with a circle around it traffic lights and major landmarks and those types of things so this is what you’re doing when you’re looking for the route and you’re planning it before you go and you want to get some of that information in your head so I’m gonna turn left at Smith Street and on the corner Smith Street is McDonald’s and you’re looking for that landmark and that’s what it says down here at the bottom point is is that you’re identifying landmarks now if you don’t get all of the information that you’re looking for from Google Maps the other thing that you can do is you can always call the people at the destination and this is one of the key things for truck drivers if you’re gonna call a place that you’re delivering to when you get on the phone and you’re talking to them always asked to talk to shipping because in my experience of calling places that are going to give you directions to get to where you need to go the people at the front counter who answer the phone I sometimes think that they pop up out of the ground in the morning at work they don’t actually drive there because they don’t take note of actually where you’re going so shippers are always giving directions to people who need to get to where they’re going with where they’re at so they’re able to give you directions okay so always when you call to get directions always ask for shipping or try and get the best person that you can to give you directions because you’re people who are going to give you directions are going to give you interesting directions you know go down to the walnut tree at the bottom of the hill and turn right and you know you know the old abandoned building don’t turn there because then you’ve got you know you’re not far enough you need to go go to you know McDonald’s you’ve gone too far sort of thing you want to try and make the directions as simple as possible without being too confusing and that’s essentially part of your route planning all right so navigation as I

said make sure you write it out in your own handwriting of where you’re gonna go and what your major landmarks are and what the major roads in those types of things are so you know all that information and some of its in your head because the process of writing it out will actually get will help you to memorize some of it if you have passengers in the vehicle with you they can help you to do it when the first time excuse me the first time I drove into Sydney Australia I had it all mapped out I had it all written out in my own handwriting I had maps printed out and I gave it to one of the passengers in the front seat of the bus and I said here you need to help me navigate into Sydney Australia to the to the bus terminal and people were more than happy to do that it will help you to be able to concentrate on driving okay now the other thing about doing your route planning is is that you say you’re gonna turn left at Smith Street well you know that two blocks before Smith Street Smith two blocks before Smith Street you’re gonna find 28th Avenue and you know that two blocks from 28th Ave and you’re going to turn left and that will allow you get in the appropriate Lane before you actually get to the intersection so that’s one of the things you’re gonna do now excuse me if you’re in a residential area or you’re in an industrial area and you’re driving slowly and you’re looking for an address and you can’t find it activate your four-way flashes on your vehicle to indicate to other traffic that you’re driving slowly and you don’t know where you’re going because you’re looking for a specific address and for the CDL drivers who are navigating to someplace know that your GPS isn’t always going to give you the specific location right it might be three three doors up or whatnot so make sure that you’re looking around and getting the numbers off the building so that you can find the appropriate place as well for CDL drivers sometimes you might just have to stop on the road and walk into the place if you don’t know where it is and lastly if you are in doubt about where you’re going and you are lost just stop the vehicle and figure out where you’re going and have a look at the map reconfigure things and figure out whether you need to go back or whatnot and we all have cell phones in this day and age so the other thing that you can do is that you can just call the number and ask them for directions and say listen this is where I am can you give me directions I think I’m lost okay so those types of things all right road signs now when you’re navigating in an unfamiliar place road signs are going to be paramount these are going to communicate information about the changing roadway because you’re not going to know that there’s a bottleneck on the roadway up so you need to pay attention to the roadway as well they’re gonna give you Clues along the roadway if you’re going to the airport there’s gonna be signs to the airport it was like a few years ago we were going down to BC Ferries well I’d never been to BC Ferries before I was going with a friend of mine and she said well I don’t know how we’re gonna find it and I said well lots of people everyday hundreds and thousands of people make their way to BC Ferries there has to be lots of signs and there were lots of signs it was well signed to get to BC Ferries so pay attention to the road signs and I know for most passenger vehicle drivers unfortunately they don’t really pay him as much attention as they should to road signs so as I said when you’re in an unfamiliar an area look for the road signs and as well look for destination signs if you’re driving to another city destination signs will fit will help you to figure out how far away you are if you’re in Ontario and it’s 350 kilometres you know you’re three and a half hours away you might as well take a break because you need to you should take a break every couple hours if you’re in the States and you’re hundred twenty miles away and you’re doing 60 miles an hour in the freeway you know you’re two hours away so that those destination boards are imperative in terms of navigating and finding your way around and for CDL drivers you have to give dispatch an ETA how far away are you so destination signs will allow you to be able to do that and figure that out okay and the key component of navigating successfully and navigating better especially as you graduate to bigger and bigger vehicles that you can’t just turn around in somebody’s driveway are mile markers and mile markers will give you specific information about physical locations 111 B and 111 a these are exits on this freeway and when you look at Google Maps when you’re getting off a freeway or you’re getting off an interstate or a motorway or wherever you are in the world look for the exit number now in most states in the US everyone except New York which you know has the Empire State is special in and of itself it has a few quirks in terms of driving in most other states in the US the exit numbers line up with the mile markers they don’t in New York however when you’re taking note on Google Maps and you’re figuring out your route planning take note of the mile marker now the other piece is that

the mile markers also defensive driving and here’s a key lesson I was with a student coming out of Kamloops one day and we got on the hike back onto the main highway the trans-canada highway at 168 and I think we were going to 177 and we’re going up the big hill there in Kamloops and there was a set of super bees which is a much bigger truck that was loaded and going a lot slower and he and the student said to me what can I pass and I said well you just got on at 168 and you’re going to 177 so how far is it from 160 one-77 well he didn’t know that the Vermeil markers in it we had nine kilometers to go up the road before we got to where we were gonna get off the highway so in nine kilometers he had lots of room to pass that truck so he so the mile markers will also give you distances and allow you to be more defensive because you don’t want to be stuck out in the other Lane if you’ve only got a half half a kilometre because you can’t get out there and then get back to your exit to get off the road all right mile markers and destination signs will reduce angst and tension because you know okay three kilometres up the road is my exit and I need to get off the road at three kilometres up the road the other piece about it is is it reduces confusion because an experience of mine when I was driving in Florida and the directions I got work get off at Smythe exit well I got off it’s my exit in Florida and I ended up in the middle of a swamp thus my exit that I was looking for was 50 miles down the interstate there were two Smyth exits I needed a different exit number so they give you specific information in both the United States and in Canada and most major freeways and interstates will have mile markers and they will really really help you to navigate and to be defensive and reduce stress and anxiety while you’re driving okay orienteering this is a bit advanced but this is something that if you’re going to be driving on highways and freeways you want to know south east west and north and if you figure out north you could figure out the other three points on the compass because west and east always spell we and for example here in Vernon British Columbia we have a mountain on the east and we have a mountain on the west so if you’re driving in a north or south direction you’re gonna have a mountain on your right and you’re gonna have a mountain on the left and you know that you’re either going north or south so it can give you a real sense of where you’re going especially if you have large physical landmarks like we do here in Vernon British Columbia as well if you know the directions north west south and east you can get a sense of the major roads in a new city so for example when I was in Melbourne Australia I could get a sense of the layout of the city and I knew that the city wrapped itself around Port Phillip Bay and most of the time if you tibay you were going to go uphill in a northerly direction away from the bay so it’s always good to be able to know north east west and south and if you end up in Quebec City or in Montreal nor should s and West are the directions and you can find yourself getting around fairly simply if you know the directions on the compass and it’s also going to correspond to your GPS all right so I did talk about shorthand writing it out yourself for your directions one of the other things that you want to do is ask three people’s for directions if you ever read the book or saw the movie The Bridges of Madison County the main character says that at the beginning of the book he says you always have to ask three people for directions and I always say that you need to consult two maybe three sources to get good directions about where you’re going to go and when I say is Google Maps is going to be one of those and then your phone is going to be the second one and then if you’re in the least bit of doubt called the destination where you’re going and get directions from them and when you call the person if you are getting it on the phone and you’re going to call the person know where you’re coming from for example if you’re coming in to burn a british columbia say listen i’m coming from the south on highway 97 if you’re going into little eat ohio say i’m coming from michigan and i’m heading southbound on i-75 and then that way they’ll know where to get you from once you’re on the interstate they can say listen get off at exit 210 and head west on State Road 12 okay just as an example and then if you do call somebody go back to the map and consult the map and see if the directions that they gave you jive up with the map and again that will help you to navigate once you start navigating to these unknown locations and those types of things and again your landmarks are going to be key in terms of navigating and route planning when you’re driving all right so that’s the last of that good luck in your road test and remember pick the best answer not necessarily the right if you’re in the least bit of doubt when you’re navigating stop the vehicle and check again and phone if you have to alright so we’ll just come back and answer any questions that people have

you know capture that bigger just bear with me for one sec right there we go yeah Matt that’s really good that you just write stuff out in your own handwriting because that really helps to get it into your own head so that’s what you want to do because you need to you need to have some of it memorized you need to know for example that I’m going to turn left at the McDonald’s or I’m going to turn right at the Walmart or you know I’m gonna go across the railway crossing and then I’m gonna go three four blocks I’ll call it rail road we call it rail road in North America okay all right thank you Dave so if you have any questions all about route planning and navigation and I know that for some new drivers they have a bit of trepidation and a bit of anxiety about navigation especially when they’re trying to find new locations and those types of things it’s just a matter of doing a bit of homework before you take off with Google Maps and if you don’t have access to a computer at home you can always go to the library and those types of things then you know that will really reduce a lot of stress and anxiety especially if you’re driving an RV or you’re driving a straight truck or you’re driving a tractor trailer and those types of things it’s really gonna help you okay Matt did I ever Drive truck and Quebec yes I did drive truck and Quebec no I actually Matt I didn’t have a great deal of trouble finding you know because most of the signs have symbols on them and there’s some unique symbols for the way scales and those types of things but it’s pretty easy to figure stuff out and again like I said it’s essed sood nord and west and Pont Champlain is Pont is bridge so it’s the Champlain Bridge the Kari tunnel it’s pretty simple and I mean all the major routes are numbered the 20 to 40 and you know you just follow those routes around and it’s pretty simple and you know you just learn the four directions and you can get yourself around pretty pretty easily and you know if you try to use a little bit of French they really appreciate it there and if you do that they’ll really help you out and what what not so well we’re glad we could help you out rob and get you going here and I do really encourage you Rob if you haven’t seen the trip planning video there already then definitely have a look at that and you might want to consider buying the logbook course because the logbook course gives you specific routes and I think there’s if I remember correctly there’s two routes there’s one into LA and up to Las Vegas and then back to Arizona and it you have to plan it and you have to do the route planning and you have to figure out fuel and those types of things as well and there’s another one yeah there’s another one in Montana that I do for the United States as well so there’s a couple of really good exercises there and like I said if you if you purchase any of my courses you have complete access to me you can ask me any questions and I’ll make sure that you’re successful and help you with those as well no Sebastian now Sebastian to just ask you are you talking about for being a CDL driver because I don’t I don’t recommend that you drive 311 hours straight that’s that’s a lot okay okay yes some people do trace them out on a map and a yellow marker Dave but that doesn’t help you out I think when you actually write it out on a piece of paper in in bigger than normal text because you gotta remember you got a glance at that and try and read it while you’re driving and it’s pretty hard to do that and I mean it’s you know it’s just easier to write it out because then you can say okay over the railway crossings I go two blocks and then I turn left at the traffic light and it’s you can get a lot of detail from Google Maps if you zoom in right and not only that on Google Maps you can look at Street View as well and you can see exactly what’s at that intersection and pick out the landmarks that will help you to navigate it I mean Google Maps is incredible in terms of the sheer amount of information that you can get from it that will help you to navigate around and those types of things and when I went back driving truck I went to Prince George British Columbia well I had never

been in Prince George before in my life I had five drops there and from the time that I drove in the 1990s to the time that I drove in 2015 I mean we’re talking 20 years when I drove it was a lot of work navigating and you had to get a lot of information from people on the phone and you really had to have your wits about you so you know it was just so much easier with GPS and and you know directions being talked to you on the phone and those types of things so okay Sebastian so what I suggest you Sebastian if you’re driving your personal vehicle I suggest you take a break every couple hours and you’re pretty in your passenger vehicle I mean especially if you’re in the States there’s lots of rest areas and those types of places to get into and you know just get out of the car and walk around because it’s it’s hard on you I mean I can go for a lot longer in a big truck than I can go for in my personal vehicle but in my personal vehicle I mean you just got to get out and you want to have a drink and you know you just need to keep the blood flowing and those types of things and the other things Sebastian that I will caution you about in terms of driving your personal vehicle is is that we all have a biological clock and we tend to lean towards fatigue it’s sort of 1:00 to 5:00 in the afternoon and 1:00 to 5:00 in the morning so be careful during those times of the day that you’re gonna kind of nod off and you’re gonna kind of drift off a little bit and you’re gonna be tired so those are the kinds of days that you want to get out of the vehicle and you want to go for a little walk and you want to get the blood pumping in your in your body and those types of things so that you can stay awake and whatnot so just I really when you’re on a big trip big road trip like that I really do suggest that you take a break every couple hours get into the rest area go to use the toilet walk around the vehicle and those types of things alright so another quiet night nope Dave you got the first part right so in the United States odd numbers go north-south on interstates even numbers go east-west and now you’re gonna make me say this triple digits are a ring road around the city so 495 is the ring road around Atlanta Georgia or they are a spur road so in Washington DC if you look at the map in Washington DC from the ring road there’s a spur road that just goes into downtown and it terminates it goes off the ring road into there or you have a circumferential look I said that without screwing it up circumferential road which is the main interstate and then just a half loop off the interstate those are what the three-digit numbers will mean and there’s even in odd numbers also that cut will give you some information about that as well but have a look at the video here on interstates on the channel and that will explain all that in more detail for you but just recap odd numbers north/south even numbers east-west and they start at low numbers in the south and go to high numbers in the north and they start in high numbers in the east and go to low numbers in the West in terms of interstates and the reason for that is so that they don’t it’s not confused with state roads in the US okay Sebastian would you recommend if the Sebastian if you’re tired then I would recommend that you put the seat back and have a nap in your car I have done that on numerous occasions put the seat back in my vehicle and slept in my vehicle if you need a few minutes of Kip sometimes that’s gonna keep you safe on the roadway so yes I would recommend that and as matt has set here he slept in his car as many at times and as well Sebastian if you’re traveling through winter areas in when it’s cold and when there’s snow and ice and those types of things as well make sure that you have an emergency kit in your vehicle in case something happens you end up in the ditch and whatnot you got a bit of food in the car and whatnot and there’s a video here on the channel as well on survival kits for your car so have that as well okay and now no fair enough Sebastien we’ve all been there but we can’t afford hotels but you know do have some pillows and blankets in your vehicle on long road trips and those types of things and have lots of food and the other thing just to reduce distractions while you’re on long trips Sebastien you know have all your music out have a cooler food have your drinks out and those types of things and you know part of the thing with with your route planning is is that you can figure out where your stops are right you can stop at places that are interesting you can go for a walk at local amusements and those types of things or they have the Walmart there or

if you’re going to here in Edmonton we have the West Edmonton Mall which has an amusement park and and those types of things so you it’s a part of your route planning on your bigger trip is you can plan the places that you’re going to stop and those types of things okay yes yes Dave they do and that’s really good information in terms of New England in terms of destination signs and whatnot and they’re really good for navigation during the spring I Samantha how are you how are things going in your world ah yes Matt definitely now just ride me Matt are you driving are you driving a big truck is that what you’re doing you’re driving CDL oh you’ve got snow in Colorado we’ve got snow here and Vernon to Samantha it’s it is it went down to minus 14 degrees Celsius last night and I’ll just I’ll just have a look here on me minus 14 is 7 degrees Fahrenheit so yes it was fairly cold here so Tommy yes the 401 east and west both yeah they have lots of rest areas and most of those rest areas Tommy you may or may not know are approximately a two-hour drive away from each other and there’s the reason for that is because we know that when we’re driving when passenger vehicles are driving that it’s about 2 that’s when you stop that’s when you start getting tired that’s when you start getting fatigued in those types of things okay so you don’t alright that is awesome Samantha you got accepted to college where Samantha where you going to college that is that is just awesome congratulations okay you didn’t get any snow until now we have lots here in Vernon you can have some of ours okay Dave oh my god 70s on the East Coast next week that’s crazy that is crazy okay and Cory has put up the video on the survival kit for your vehicle so if you’re driving in the wintertime definitely have a survival kit in your vehicle and as well one of the key and components are the key ingredients for a survival kit if you have any medication that you’re taking make sure that you have that prescription medication in your kit as well and as well you know have a pot and a candle because the candle will warm the inside don’t let your vehicle run below a quarter tank of fuel and you don’t have a blanket and don’t run your vehicle for a long time and you know if it’s snowing and blowing out and you ended up in the ditch because of bad weather don’t leave your vehicle stay in your vehicle because it acts as shelter somebody will come and get you okay it’s more dangerous to try and walk somewhere than it is to stay in your vehicle okay so Matt you weren’t successful at that no that’s unfortunate okay yeah that’s another thing that you can do Dave if you’ve got more than one or two people in the vehicle who are able to drive you can just switch off that helps as well and then you know while you’re driving one of the people in the vehicle can rest and get some sleep and then carry on and those types of things I did that when I first arrived started driving truck we were running team and one person would sleep and one person would drive and I wouldn’t I wouldn’t recommend that for CDL driving all right so that’s pretty much it for the presentation and if anybody else has any questions we’ll be more than happy to answer those I’m just gonna go over quickly one of the courses that I have for sale the passion road test first time course over on the website and I’ll just quickly go over that and make it offer for you and if you’re going for a road test first time for those you go on the replay and those types of things definitely head over there and purchase that all right so passionate s is a is a course for new drivers regardless of class it’s for learners and for the practical test and it’s guaranteed to pass first time if you don’t pass within 60 days and complete the course I’ll give you your money back so there’s a glossary of terms there’s lots of terminology for new drivers passing a road test that you need to be familiar with for the purposes of learning how to drive and being successful as that lesson one goes over the primary and secondary controls of the vehicle all of the lessons have learning objectives what you will learn by the end of the lesson and as well they have a review quest quizzes to make sure that you know the information that is presented in that lesson lesson two is maneuvers required for the road test two-point reverse turn through three-point turn parallel parking between cones parallel parking between behind other vehicles again review quiz rules of the road and right-of-way and lesson four is right turns left turns

merging and getting out onto a highway lesson five is a mock road test and tips that you for specific maneuvers that you need to do to be successful on a road test and then finally lesson six is road test do things that you absolutely need to do on a road test to be successful alright there’s also a toolkit in the passion road test first-time course the schedule for training isn’t approximately a six week course and you can do all of the training that you need to do in the six weeks there’s a guide for mentors for people that are going to help you to drive and that will give them information to help you be successful and to help you learn because there’s a difference when you’re training somebody to pass a road test as opposed to just teaching them how to drive there’s also a checklist for the day of your license things that you need to do another checklist for your pre-trip inspection of your vehicle if you’re taking your personal vehicle and if you are taking a driving school vehicle you also want to make sure that there’s been a pre-trip inspection because you don’t want to be denied taking your road test because there’s something wrong with the vehicle for example you have a brake light or whatnot or the seatbelt on the passenger side doesn’t work because if those things do not work you can’t blow it on your don’t be denied because of something simple that could be fixed on your vehicle before you show up for your road test winter driving checklist and a trailering checklist these are bonuses that are included in the price of the course okay and there are practice driving test questions for those of you taking a theory test and all of these have 40 practice test questions and there’s three questions all of the questions have feedback and you will earn a certificate from this course and it goes over the basics of learning to drive vehicle controls right-of-way road signs and their meeting skills and abilities to pass your road test and as I’ve said the basics of any road test regardless of class whether it’s car truck or bus speed management space management observation and communication are the four fundamental components of any road test so included in the course is the course which is approximately which is thirty eight dollars the glossary which is another ninety dollars the toolkit cost one hundred and ten dollars and practice driving test questions or thirty dollars for a total of two hundred sixty eight dollars but I’m not going to sell it to you for two hundred sixty eight dollars the regular price of the course is thirty eight dollars if you head over now and type in the coupon code youtube’ three you’ll pick up the course for $26.63 accessible and none of us want to fail a road test and showed up to school the next day and tell your friends that you didn’t pass your road test as well the bonus is in the course or how to drive a manual car all the instructions and lessons are there for that and as well trailering how-to trailer of pulling a recreational trailer whether it’s a boat trailer you’re going down to the beach utility trailers if you’re trying to clean up your backyard and those types of things or recreational trailers you want to go camping and then there’s information on winter driving and all of that is included in the course and as a bonus of approximately seventy eight dollars added to all of the stuff that you’re going to get in the course so lots of great information look down in the description box there you’ll find the link for the course and you can pick that course up as I said you’ll get a 30 percent off coupon on the course and be successful on your road tests first time and as I said it’s guaranteed 60 days pass a road test or you get your money back I’ll refund your money if you’re not successful first time on your road test there we go and I’ll just come back here so there we go and Cory’s put the link up there for anybody that might be interested in the coupon code as well you can Dave you can ride a motorcycle from Toronto to Orlando Florida you just need you need a motorcycle license and you can do that it’s a long ride you may or may not know Dave that it’s the same distance from Toronto Ontario to Orlando Florida as it is from Toronto to Thunder Bay Ontario so it is a long ways and motocross bikes are more for offroad and recreation yeah unless you’re riding an enduro which is a cross cross bike it’s partly motorcycle it’s a dirt bike and road bike yeah most motorbikes are gonna go faster than cars

sebastien that’s great I’m really glad that we could help you out and if you have any questions by all means leave us a comment send me an email Rick at smart drive test comm be more than happy to help you out if you like what you see here if you’re watching on the replay be sure to hit that thumbs up button and make sure you subscribe to the channel and always happy to help people oh ok Dave no you cannot drive one day at 80 miles an hour to Florida David’s a 24 hour drive to Florida from Toronto so you can’t do it at 80 miles an hour okay Eli how are you Dave the course is pricey 26 dollars and 60 cents I think that’s good value for money I’m actually I know it’s good money for much for good value for money oh that’s a great resource Thanks thanks for sharing that he liked Dave McClane well-hung do you think it would take that distance at 80 miles an hour probably about 18 hours I suspect however know that you’re going to get a speeding ticket at that distance you get it’s gonna be pushing it I don’t think I would recommend that all right so if anybody has any questions by all means leave me a comment down in the comment section drop me an email be more than happy to help you out congratulations to everybody who has passed the road test in the last week and good luck to everybody who’s taking a road test in the upcoming week Oh Dave no no no $78 that was the bonus in the course the course is only twenty six dollars and 67 coupon that’s what you’re gonna pick the course up for and it’s guaranteed pass the road test first time so if you don’t pass within six weeks and you did complete the course 2660 that’s the cost of the course okay thank you for asking that because if you had that confusion Dave than other people as well had that confusion so no the course wasn’t $78 so what that tells me is is I need to put another slide up to re reiterate that the cost of the course is 2660 not $78 thanks Dave I appreciate that so okay and yeah I wouldn’t recommend driving to Florida at 80 miles an hour okay so good luck on your road test and remember pick the best answer not necessarily the right answer have a great night bye now