Learning to drive has become a rite of passage in Canada and a signalling of a child’s entering a new era of their life. So, legally when can a teen embark on their journey to becoming a legal driver in Alberta? The answer is at age 14!
The first stage in learning to drive in Alberta is to obtain a Learners Permit. New drivers over 14 year of age, will start with a written Class 7 test. Interested in the specifics of this written test? Read more in our blog Classes of Alberta Drivers Licences.
Once a Class 7 licence has been obtained and the new driver is at least 16 years of age, they can then proceed towards a Class 5 Graduated Driving Licence (GDL). The requirements for a Class 5 GDL licence includes a road test conducted at a local registry agency plus an eye test to ensure vision is adequate for driving. A Class 5 GDL licence will allow a driver to drive all Class 5 motor vehicles (i.e. regular cars and trucks). In addition, a Class 5 GDL licence allows a driver to drive:
- a 2-axle single motor vehicle
- a motorhome without airbrakes unless an air brake certificate is held
- tow a trailer with one or more axles if the trailer is not equipped with airbrakes
- a moped, a recreational vehicle, or any combination of recreational vehicles and a trailer, if the trailer has 2 axles or less, and isn’t equipped with airbrakes
As a GDL driver you will be subject to the following restrictions:
- must be accompanied by a Class 5 driver who is over the age of 18 years and who is seated directly beside you at all times
- not permitted to drive between the hours of midnight and 5am
- you cannot drive with more people than there are seat belts in your vehicle
- a GDL licence will be suspended at 8 demerit points
- blood alcohol level of the driver must be 0%
- Class 1, 2, 3, or 4 licence upgrades are not allowed
- a GDL driver cannot be the accompanying driver to a learner
A driver will remain considered a GDL driver until upgraded to a full Class 5 licence. To obtain an upgrade one must:
- hold a GDL for at least 2 years without any suspensions for the last year
- take an advanced Class 5 drivers test
So, whether you are turning 14 or have a child who is, time to buckle up and begin your journey to driving.
If you ever have questions regarding your class of driver’s license, auto insurance policy or coverage in general, contact Rizk Insurance today and we’ll help answer any inquiries you may have.