In-Vehicle Information

In-vehicle lessons include all topics and situations required by the Province of Nova Scotia Registry of Motor Vehicles.



In general, students take instruction in 1-hour one-on-one lesson.   In some circumstances to meet student needs there might be some 2-hour sessions.   While the instruction does adapt to individual student strengths and weaknesses, all topics are covered with all students, even those with previous experience.

Normally the first six to seven lessons progress from static to moving situations with increasing complexity, conflicting traffic and speed.    Situations include not only suburban driving but also downtown Halifax and as well freeway driving.

Following this first phase many students will then take a break and practice their learned techniques at home while they finish the minimum 9-month waiting period prior to taking the road test (12-month without driving school course).  Even students who have already completed the waiting period should supplement the 10 hours of instruction with time spent driving at home.   Driver education is not designed to be the only practice a learning driver undertakes.  While it may be possible for someone who has not driven before and will get no in-car time at home to adequately learn, that is an exception.

In the days just prior to the road test, students will take lessons 7 (or 8) to 10, which is a concentrated training period for the road test.    The 10th lesson is on the day of the test and ends with the student parking at Access Nova Scotia and subsequently taking the road test.



Students normally receive their first driving appointment during the classroom phase when the in-car instructors attend in order to meet their students.   Generally this occurs at Class #6 or #7.    The instructors will have divided the students so as to get the right match.  The appointment made at this classroom session will usually be for at least a week away or perhaps more, depending on student and instructor availability.

Subsequent appointments are made while the student is out in the car.


Contacting your in-vehicle instructor

It is crucial that you call your instructor if you will not be able to go on your appointment.

When you were given your first appointment you were also given your in-car instructor’s cell number, possibly on a business card.  If you cannot find that please call the office for contact information.

You can call or text.


Booking your Road Test

McKenna’s Driving School will book your road test.

The reason for this is that students will be using our Driving School vehicles for the Road Test and we need to make sure the vehicle is available.

However, it is important that the student still purchase their road test and provide us their Road Test receipt. McKenna’s will work with students to find a road test time and date that works for both the student and the availability of our vehicles.