Learning to drive

G2 do’s and don’ts

Congratulations on passing your road test, and welcome to a whole new world of G2 freedom. You can now shrug off some of the G1 rules you’ve been following for the last 8 months to a year.

For starters, you can drive on your own on any Ontario road, including highways. You no longer need a fully licensed driver accompanying you everywhere you go. You can also drive to your heart’s content after midnight! (Okay, maybe your parents still have the final say on that one, but at least it’s not illegal anymore.)

But your new privileges come with 2 important conditions:

  1. Your blood alcohol concentration must be zero

    So you must not drink any alcohol before driving. NADA. ZIP. (But let's face it, we're all human, so here’s a really simple fix if you happen to ‘accidently’ consume some alcohol: don’t drive.)

  2. Each person in your car must have a working seatbelt

    This includes passengers in the front and back seats. Please don’t be that person who tries to squeeze 4 people in a backseat with only 3 seatbelts. It is illegal, dangerous, and distracting for you as the driver.

And if you’re a teenager, you must follow 2 extra rules while driving between midnight and 5 a.m.:

  1. Limit your teen passengers

    In the first 6 months after getting your G2, you can have only one passenger aged 19 or under with you in the car. (Everyone else has to be above 19.)

  2. 3 passengers max

    After 6 months with your G2, and till you get your full G licence or turn 20, you are allowed to carry up to three passengers aged 19 or under.

There are some exceptions to the rules. The passenger restrictions for teens don’t apply if a fully licensed driver accompanies you in the front passenger seat (like the good old G1 days) or if the passengers are members of your immediate family.

You will need to spend 12 months at the G2 licence level. Then you can take a road test to qualify for full G licence privileges.


Farida started writing for ingenie in 2015. She got her Ontario licence in 2014 and her first car was a manual 2003 VW Jetta GLS 1.8T. Follow her on Twitter.