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G1 vs. G2 Licenses in Ontario: Everything You Need To Know

G1 vs. G2 licenses in Ontario: everything you need to know

Welcome to the road of becoming a fully licensed driver in Ontario! As you embark on this journey, it’s crucial to understand how each stage of the graduated licensing system not only brings you closer to your driving independence but also affects your auto insurance premiums. We’re here to guide you through the nuances of G1 and G2 licenses and their impact on insurance costs. So, buckle up as we navigate this road together, providing you with the insights needed to make informed decisions about your auto insurance.



The Graduated Licensing System in Ontario

Ontario’s graduated licensing system is designed to ensure new drivers acquire the necessary skills and experience over time to drive safely. The system is divided into two main stages: G1 and G2, before one can obtain a full G license. Understanding these stages is crucial, as each affects your auto insurance premiums differently. 



G1 License: This is the initial stage where you’re learning the basics. As a G1 driver, you must pass a written knowledge test about traffic signs and rules. However, you must drive with a fully licensed driver with at least four years of experience and adhere to specific restrictions (e.g., zero blood alcohol level and not driving between midnight and 5 am).  



G2 License: After holding a G1 license for 12 months (or 8 months with a certified driver’s education course), you can take a road test to move to the G2 level. This license grants more freedom, allowing you to drive alone and with fewer restrictions, though still under zero alcohol tolerance and ensuring all passengers have seat belts. 



Impact on Insurance Premiums

G1 Drivers: Generally, if you’re a G1 driver using a parent’s or guardian’s vehicle, you might not need to be added to their insurance policy as a primary driver yet, due to the supervision requirement. However, policies and practices can vary among insurance providers, so it’s always wise to check. Importantly, driving with a G1 license under the supervision of an experienced driver helps inculcate safe driving habits early on, potentially leading to lower insurance rates in the future. 



G2 Drivers: Obtaining your G2 is a significant milestone in your driving journey and your insurance premiums. As G2 drivers can operate a vehicle independently, they are often required to be added to an auto insurance policy, leading to an increase in premiums. The reason is straightforward: insurers view inexperienced drivers as higher risk. However, this also marks the beginning of building your own insurance history. Safe driving from this point forward can help reduce your premiums over time. 



Tips For Managing Insurance Costs as a New Driver


  1. Driver’s Training: Completing a certified driver’s training course not only allows you to take your G2 test sooner but can also lead to insurance discounts. Insurers often recognize these courses as indicators of a lower-risk driver.


  1. Choose the Right Vehicle: The type of vehicle you drive affects your premiums. Opting for a car with a good safety record, not classified as a high-risk vehicle for theft or accidents, can help keep your rates more affordable.


  1. Understand Policy Options: As your trusted Ontario insurance broker, we can help you navigate through various policy options and find the best coverage that suits your needs and budget. Sometimes, adjusting your deductible or coverage can lead to savings.


  1. Maintain a Clean Driving Record: Safe driving is not only essential for your and others’ safety but also impacts your insurance rates. Avoiding accidents and traffic violations can significantly reduce your premiums over time.


  1. Shop Around: Rates can vary significantly between insurers. Working with an Ontario insurance broker like us allows you to compare rates from multiple providers, ensuring you get the best deal tailored to your specific situation.



The Role of an Ontario Insurance Broker

Choosing the right auto insurance policy as a new driver can be daunting. This is where an insurance broker comes in. At Duliban Insurance Brokers, we understand the unique needs of G1 and G2 drivers. We’re committed to providing personalized advice and support throughout your journey to becoming a fully licensed driver. Leveraging our expertise and relationships with various insurers, we ensure you receive the best coverage at the most competitive rates. 




Embarking on the journey to becoming a fully licensed driver in Ontario is an exciting milestone. Understanding how each stage of your licensing affects your auto insurance premiums is key to making informed decisions and managing costs effectively. As a G1 or G2 driver, adopting safe driving practices and working closely with your insurance broker can help navigate the complexities of auto insurance, ensuring you’re adequately covered without breaking the bank. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help steer you in the right direction with the right coverage for your needs.

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