Frequently Asked Questions
Have a question? Chances are we’ve answered it here.
Hey it’s Shayan from Zula Driving School. Thank you for stopping by our frequently asked questions page. I aim to answer your commonly asked questions. If you by the off chance we haven’t answered your question, please don’t hesitate to contact us by phone or email.
Q1: My Road Test is coming up and your schedule is fully booked. I need lessons, what should I do?
A: Contact some of the other driving schools and see if they can accommodate the date and times you are looking for.
Q2: If I book a lesson with you, who will be my driving instructor?
A: You can meet our instructors here.
Q3: I Have Never Driven Before – How Long Will it Take for Me to Learn?
A: Short answer: It depends. Learn more about the amount of time it takes to become a safe driver.
Q4: What driving skills can I expect to attain by taking lessons at Zula Driving School?
A: Short answer: Many. It have a page explaining benefits of driving lessons at Zula in detail.
Q5: Can I drive alone with my learner’s licence (L)?
A: No. You need to have a supervisor, 25 years or older, with a valid class 5, 4, 3, 2, or 1, licence or a professional driving school instructor. Only one other person can be in the vehicle. To learn more please visit ICBC’s website.
Q6: Why does ICBC make me wait a whole year after getting my learner’s licence before I can go for road test?
A: This is a fair question and we have explained the reasoning in our Why is the Learner’s Stage a Year Long article.
Q7: How long is my Learner’s Drivers Licence valid for?
A: The Learner Driver’s licence is valid for 2 years. If you do not go for your Novice licence and pass during that time period, you will be required to the knowledge test again at ICBC.
Q8: Are there any restrictions associated with a novice licence (N)?
A: A novice licence allows you to drive anywhere but you have to follow the restrictions set out by ICBC, such as: zero tolerance for alcohol in blood while operating a vehicle. You can have one non-family member passenger and as many family passengers as your vehicle safely seats. Your N sign must be clearly displayed on the back of your vehicle. To learn more visit ICBC’s website.
Q9: I don’t speak English very well – will I have a hard time understanding a driving instructor?
A: The short answer is no.We can workaround language barriers. Learn more in our Workaround to Language Barrier in Driving Lessons article.
Q10: I am teaching my teenager how to drive – are there any benefits to having them take lessons with you?
A: Short answer: Yes. To learn more, visit our article on: advantages to having your child learn at a driving school in addition to driving time that you can provide them.
Q11: How much do you care about your students?
A: We care a lot about our students because we want the roads we drive on to be filled with competent and safe drivers. To learn more, view our Why We Care About Our Students article.
Q12:What is your main outcome objective for each lesson?
A: We want you to walk away from each lesson feeling one step closer to being fully confident on the road. To learn more, visit our article about our main objective for each driving lesson.
Q13: Why should I care if other people are distracted on the road?
A: Because they have no regard for their own safety or the safety of others that they share the road with. This means you need to be more aware on the road to compensate for their bad habits. To learn more, read our How do Distracted Drivers Change the Game for You as a Driver article.
Q14: Can I just rent one of your vehicles for the purpose of taking my road test?
A: We only offer our vehicles to students that have enrolled our at least one of our lessons. If we have never had the opportunity to assess the way that you drive, we do not feel comfortable letting you use our vehicle. We believe that if an individual is not well-prepared for the road test and arrives for a road test in our vehicle, it reflects poorly on us and thus we wish to mitigate that.
Q15: Can you book a road test for me?
A: Yes we can book a road test on your behalf, once you have given us permission to do so. Just let us know during your next lesson that you would like us to book a Road Test for you and we’ll be happy to accommodate you.
Q16: If I have you book a Road Test date for me will I get an appointment sooner than if I book it myself?
A: No. As a driving school, we do not get preferential treatment when using the ICBC Road Test Booking Service. We have access to the same schedule as you do when you book online. Be wary of any driving school offering suggesting that they can get you in sooner.
Q17 I am just starting out. Is a certain time of day that I should book my lesson?
A: It is beneficial to you to start learning to drive during less-busy times of the day. Try to avoid booking into peak driving hours 8AM-9AM, and 4PM – 6:30PM
Q18: What’s the vehicle that you use for training?
A: It depends on the city that you are in. It can range from a Toyota Corolla to a BMW X3.
Q19: Do you teach standard?
A: Currently we do not teach standard (stick shift/manual transmission).
Q20: I have had my license my many years but I haven’t driven in a while and I have lost my confidence. Can you help me out?
A: Yes absolutely! Approximately half of our students are licenced but need one or more refresher lessons to help them get back onto the road. Schedule a single 90 minute lesson so we can do an assessment drive and see what areas you need help with. After the lesson, we will discuss what happened during the lesson and you will be provided with a progress report. We will make our recommendations as to whether or not you need more lessons. Once you’re back home, you can decide whether you would like to book more lessons or not. We will never pressure you into more lessons. We give our honest opinion and leave the decision making up to you.
Q21: How much do you charge per lesson?
A: For the most up to date information, check out our package options here.
Q22: What is your availability?
A: Check out our availability calendar here.
Q23: Can I do half a lesson?
A: We don’t recommend it. When you book a 90-minute lesson, about 10-15 minutes of that time is discussions in the vehicle. So the actual driving time is about 75 minutes. Therefore, for the lesson to be any shorter, we will not be able to cover all the important topics we wish to cover in the lesson. So in the end, you would end up taking more lessons to cover the same material, which is not really beneficial to you.
Q24: Where are your service areas?
A: We are happy to pick you up and drop you off within 10km of the ICBC Driver Licensing Office located at 1150 McKenzie Ave Victoria, BC. We accommodate students from out of town by picking them up at bus exchanges.