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Driving guides

Our driving guides are essential study tools when getting or upgrading your licence. If you're an experienced driver, use them to refresh your knowledge and skills.

Print copies are also available at any ICBC driver licensing office.

Learn to Drive Smart

Learn to Drive Smart is most commonly used by new drivers. It’s what you need to study to pass the knowledge test.

If you’re an experienced driver or new resident, you can use this guide to brush up on your knowledge.

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Prefer reading in smaller pieces? Download the chapters you need, when you need them:

Chapter Topic
Intro Using this guide (pages 1-4)
1 You in the driver's seat (pages 5-12)
2 You and your vehicle (pages 13-28)
3 Signs, signals and road markings (pages 29-40)
4 Rules of the road (pages 41-58)
5 See-Think-Do (pages 59-80)
6 Sharing the road (pages 81-98)
7 Personal strategies (pages 99-114)
8 Emergency strategies (pages 115-134)
9 Your licence (pages 135-156)
10 Need to know more? (pages 157-158)
  Copyright and Statement of limitation

Tuning Up for Drivers

Tuning up for Drivers can help you prepare for your road test, whether you're in graduated licensing, a new resident or if you're studying for a re-exam.

Each chapter covers essential driving skills. We recommend using this guide along with Learn to Drive Smart.

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Download Tuning Up for Drivers

 Download full guide (6 MB).

Download by session

Tuning Up for Drivers has 20 separate driving skill sessions. We suggest you work on one session each time you go out on a drive.

Practice session Topic (PDF)
Intro Using Tuning Up
Session 1 Pre-trip check; knowing your controls
Session 2 Road vision; getting going
Session 3 See-think-do; backing up
Session 4 Driving straight through; turning right
Session 5 Smart brake and horn use; turning right
Session 6 Self-check; practising what you have learned
Session 7 Alcohol, drugs and driving; driving on hills and curves
Session 8 Saying no; stall parking
Session 9 Resisting media messages; two- and three-point turns
Session 10 New driver overconfidence; parallel parking
Session 11 Your personal driver profile; mini-test
Session 12 Sharing the road; lanes and intersections
Session 13 Communicating; changing lanes turning right in traffic
Session 14 Hazard perception; turning left in traffic
Session 15 Road rage; entering and leaving traffic
Session 16 Choosing a safe speed; practising in moderate traffic
Session 17 Times and space; entering and leaving the highway/freeway
Session 18 Keeping alert; passing
Session 19 Driver personality; becoming a skilled highway/freeway driver
Session 20 Driving guidelines; preparing for the road test
Copyright and Statement of limitation

Driving Commercial Vehicles

Driving Commercial Vehicles is used to study for your commercial driver's licence (Classes 1-4), air brake endorsement, or heavy trailer endorsement.

If you're an experienced driver, you can also use this guide do sharpen your skills or keep on top of regulations.

Click Expand to read online. An iPad-friendly version is available on Issuu's site.external link

Download Driving Commercial Vehicles

 Download full guide (10 MB).

Download by chapter

Chapter Topic
Introduction Find out which chapters you need to study for the type of licence you're getting. (PDF)
Chapter 1 Getting your driver's licence (PDF)
Chapter 2 Heavy vehicle braking  (PDF)
Chapter 3 Basic driving skills (PDF)
Chapter 4 Fuel-efficient driving (PDF)
Chapter 5 Skills for driving trucks and trailers (PDF)
Chapter 6 Skills for driving buses, taxis and limousines (PDF)
Chapter 7 Hours of service requirements (PDF)
Chapter 8 Air brakes (PDF)
Chapter 9 Air brake adjustment (PDF)
Chapter 10 Vehicle and air brake pre-trip inspections (PDF)
Chapter 11 Signs, signals and road markings (PDF)
Chapter 12 Industrial roads (PDF)
Chapter 13 For more information (PDF)
  Copyright and Statement of limitation 

Learn to Ride Smart

Learn to Ride Smart is the guide to help you pass your motorcycle licence knowledge test, skills test, and road tests.

This guide is also useful if you are an experienced rider and you want to brush up on your skills.

Click Expand to read online. An iPad-friendly version is available on Issuu's site.external link

Download Learn to Ride Smart

Download full guide (63 MB).

Download by chapter

Download the chapters you need, when you need them:

Chapter Topic (PDF)
1 You in the rider's seat (page 5-14)
2 You and your motorcycle (page 15-22)
3 Knowing your motorcycle (page 23-34)
4 Signs, signals, and road markings (page 35-46)
5 Rules of the road (page 47-65)
6 See-think-do (page 67-88)
7 Sharing the road (page 89-109)
8 Personal strategies (page 111-127) 
9 Challenging riding conditions (page 129-142)
10 Emergency strategies (page 143-155)
11 Your licence (page 157-183)
12 Need to know more? (page 185-186)
  Copyright and Statement of limitation (PDF)

Tuning Up for Riders

Tuning up for Riders can help you prepare for your road test, whether you're in graduated licensing, a new resident or studying for a re-exam.

Each session covers essential driving skills. We recommend using this guide along with Learn to Ride Smart.

Click Expand to read online. An iPad-friendly version is available on Issuu's site.external link

Download Tuning up for Riders

Download full guide (20 MB)

Download by session

Tuning Up for Riders has 20 separate driving sessions. Each covers off an essential driving skill. We suggest you work on one session each time you go out on a ride.

Practice session Topic (PDF)
Intro Using Tuning Up
Off-Street Practice
1 Getting started (pages 13-18)
2 Balance and Braking (pages 19-21)
3 Moving Off (pages 22-27)
4 Steering (pages 28-29)
5 Low-Speed Riding (pages 30-36)
6 Taking Turns (pages 37-40)
7 Using Gears and Brakes (pages 41-45)
8 Countersteering (pages 46-51)
9 Putting it All Together (pages 52-55)
10 Basic Skills Review (pages 56-59)
Low-Traffic Practice
11 On the Road (pages 64-70)
12 Intersections (pages71-76)
13 Curves, Hills, and Rough Surfaces (pages 77-81)
14 Low-Traffic Riding Review (pages 82-85)
Moderate-Traffic Practice
15 Riding in Traffic (pages 89-93)
16 Multi-Lane Intersections (pages 94-99)
17 Moderate-Traffic Riding Review (pages 100-105)
Higher-Speed Practice
18 Entering and Exiting Highways and Freeways (pages 110-113)
19 Passing (pages 114-117)
20 Road Skills Review (pages 118-128)
Copyright and Statement of limitation

Towing a Recreational Trailer

Towing a Recreational Trailer is a study guide for getting a house trailer endorsement. It's also useful to you if you tow any RV.

House trailer endorsements are required on any class 4 or 5 driver's licence if you plan to tow a house trailer weighing more than 4,600 kg, fully loaded.

If your trailer or the towing vehicle has air brakes, you will also need an air brake endorsement.

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Download Towing a Recreational Trailer

Download full guide (2.5 MB)

Download by chapter

Chapter Topic
1 Driver licensing requirements for towing a recreational trailer (PDF)
2 Before you tow (PDF)
3 Pre-trip inspection (PDF)
4 Driving an RV combination (PDF)
5 Recreational trailer safety (PDF)
6 Signs signals and road markings (PDF)
Copyright and Statement of limitation