If you’re looking to get your G1 in Ontario, you’ll need to quickly become familiar with a wide variety of topics – demerit points, rules of the road, signs, and pavement markings, among other things. While the majority of the questions on the G1 exam are straightforward, in order to pass you’ll need to become comfortable with some harder questions. To help you study, we’ve pulled together this list of the 10 most challenging questions that can show up on the G1 exam:

1. A flashing green light at an intersection where left and right turns are permitted means:

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A. You may go straight
B. You may turn left
C. You may turn right
D. All of the above

This question can be confusing for a few reasons. First, a flashing green light isn’t something that you see in day-to-day life all that often – if anything, flashing red lights are more common. Second, a flashing green light doesn’t have an immediate intuitive meaning in the way a flashing red light does. If you see this question on the G1 exam, the correct answer is D, all of the above. A flashing green light is also known as an advance green light, and means that you can turn left, go straight, or turn right before any oncoming traffic.

2. When driving at night, you must dim your headlights:

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A. If you are within a 300 metre radius of another vehicle
B. If you are within 60 metres of an oncoming vehicle and/or within 150 metres of a vehicle ahead of you
C. If you are within 60 metres of another vehicle
D. If you are within 150 metres of an oncoming vehicle and/or within 60 metres of a vehicle ahead of you

Knowing when to dim your headlights when driving at night isn’t always straightforward. If you see this question on the G1 exam, the correct answer is D. You must dim your headlights (from high beam to low beam) whenever you are within 150 metres of an oncoming vehicle and/or within 60 metres of a vehicle ahead of you. High beam lights can block the visibility for the traffic in front of you, creating potentially dangerous situations.

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3. If you change your name and/or address, you must notify the Ministry of Transportation within:

A. 14 days
B. 30 days
C. 60 days
D. 6 days

The G1 exam has several questions about the rules, responsibilities, and limitations of having a driver’s licence. Questions on the G1 exam often dive into these administrative details to make sure you’re well-aware of what is required of you, beyond just driving safely. One such detail is the requirement to notify the Ministry of Transportation within 6 days if you change your name and/or address. This might seem like a minor point, but failing to update this information can have significant consequences, including complications in receiving essential communication like renewal notices, and potential legal issues.If you change your name and/or address, you are required to notify the Ministry of Transportation within 6 days.

4. If a fully licensed driver accumulates 15 or more demerit points on their record, their driver’s licence will be suspended for:

A. 90 days
B. 30 days
C. 14 days
D. 60 days

If a fully licensed driver accumulates 15 or more demerit points on their record, their driver’s licence will be suspended for 30 days starting from the date that the driver surrenders the licence to the Ministry of Transportation. If the driver fails to surrender it, he or she may lose the licence for up to two years.

5. When passing a cyclist, you must leave at least ____ of space between them and your vehicle.

A. 1 metre
B. 2 metres
C. 3 metres
D. 1.5 metres

When passing a cyclist, you are required to maintain a minimum distance of one metre between your vehicle and the cyclist. Cyclists can be especially vulnerable on the road, particularly in cities where bike infrastructure is not well developed. If you’re driving near a cyclist, remember that while you have a shared responsibility to keep the roads safe, the cyclist is at much higher risk than you are in a motor vehicle.

6. What is this driver signaling to nearby traffic?

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A. He is intending to turn right
B. He is intending to speed up
C. He is intending to turn left
D. He is intending to slow down / stop

Hand signals can be used as a backup when the electric signals of a vehicle aren’t working. Familiarizing yourself with each type of hand signal is important in order to achieve a passing grade on the G1 exam. If you see this question on the G1, the correct answer is C, he is intending to turn left. A straight, outstretched arm indicates that a driver intends on turning left.

7. What does this road sign mean?

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A. Only busses may proceed on this road
B. Bus passengers may exit from both sides
C. There is a concealed intersection ahead
D. There is a bus stop ahead

Advanced signs and pavement markings are a core part of the G1 exam. While almost everybody can identify a stop sign, some rarer signs can be more difficult to identify. If you see this sign on your G1 exam, the correct answer is D, there is a bus stop ahead. Drive with extreme caution, slow down, and keep an eye out for any buses with flashing red lights, in which case you must stop. While the sign might look like it suggests people can exit a bus from both sides, that’s a trick – in reality, this is simply a bus stop warning sign.

8. Passing another vehicle on its right side:

A. Is allowed only when the right shoulder is empty
B. Is allowed only when the road has two or more lanes of traffic in the direction in which you are travelling
C. Is always allowed
D. Is never allowed

The correct answer to this question is B. Passing is allowed only when the road has two or more lanes of traffic in the direction in which you are travelling. In Ontario, it’s generally not recommended to pass another vehicle on its right side unless certain conditions are met. The law allows for passing on the right only when there are two or more lanes of traffic moving in the same direction. This means that it is not simply a matter of whether the shoulder is empty or not, as indicated in option A. Understanding this rule is essential for safe driving and for avoiding road conflicts or accidents.

9. Drivers are responsible for ensuring passengers are buckled up only if:

A. Those passengers are under 16 years of age
B. Those passengers are over 18 years of age
C. Those passengers are 16 years of age or older
D. Those passengers are in the back seat

This question can be difficult to answer because common wisdom dictates that everyone should buckle up their seatbelt. While this is correct from a safety standpoint, it is not the driver’s responsibility to ensure seatbelt buckling for all passengers – only for passengers under 16 years of age. As a result, the correct answer to this question is A. The driver must ensure passengers under the age of 16 are properly buckled up. Passengers 16 years of age or older are responsible for buckling themselves up.

10. If your vehicle is in a skid, you should:

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A. Steer directly ahead of you
B. Apply the brakes as hard as you can
C. Steer in the direction you want to go
D. Steer in the opposite direction of the skid

The correct answer to this question is ‘C. Steer in the direction you want to go.’ When your vehicle is in a skid, it’s natural to panic and want to slam on the brakes or steer away from the skid. However, the best way to regain control of the vehicle is to steer in the direction you want the front of the vehicle to go. This action helps your tires regain traction and allows you to safely navigate out of the skid. Options ‘A,’ ‘B,’ and ‘D’ could actually worsen the skid and make it more difficult to regain control of your vehicle. Steering directly ahead or applying the brakes hard could result in further loss of control, while steering in the opposite direction of the skid could cause the vehicle to spin. Understanding the proper technique to handle a skid is vital for safe driving in all conditions. Therefore, ‘C’ is the correct answer because it provides the most effective method for regaining control in a skid.

If you’re looking to practice more challenging questions like these, we’ve created a purpose-built course based on the real G1 exam questions to help you study.