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Today was our thirties driving lesson for client “B.”

(20 x1.5 hours = 30 hours total driving)

(30 x1.5 hours = 45 hours total driving)

(40 x 1.5 hours = 60 hours total driving)

Four weeks ago, we prepared for a possible driving test even though we knew we were not calm enough nor 100% on top of driving for the exam. This rush to try a test is common practice with many learners. ICBC recommends a minimum of sixty hours of driving before attempting a test, and I agree. Sixty hours is not a set-in-stone number. Many new drivers need more time. Few need less.

So here comes a test date, and as with many new drivers, things start to change. For most, it’s the pressure of the deadline. For some, it’s the anxiety of knowing you’re not ready. For others, it is a motivator to get prepared!

For “B” the pressure was too great, and “B’s” driving took a downturn. We cancelled the test date and focused on a strategy to withstand the deadline pressure.

But each session going forward got progressively worse. What the heck was going on?

We both struggled to uncover the drastic downturn in performance.

This roadblock sometimes happens when parties can get frustrated while striving for that final 100% calm driving.

We even discussed hiring another set of eyes (co-instructor) to help us unlock the stalled progress.

Tonight, we found the key!

Tonight, we found the key!

Again, many drivers change their behaviour as they grow closer to the 100% got-it stance. Many drop essential foundational habits like missing entire green or red lights! I used to be surprised at these significant errors, but I have seen this behaviour so often that I take them as a part of the learning process. Most cases work themselves out.

I think our brains emphasize these essential basics by dropping them. Right of ways are important!

But today was very different.
I have never seen someone drop out an entire skill set LEVEL. Level one was completely gone, forgotten, ignored, zero, nada! WHAAAAA!

Usually, clients drop a few things out and pick them back up. But not the whole level! WOW! AMAZING!

The client agreed that this was precisely what was happening. Sadly it took us a few lessons to be able to articulate this struggle.

The first ten-plus hours of training were completely ignored!

  • No blind spots and no correct positioning on turns.
  • No precise lane positioning.
  • No vision in the direction of the vehicle.


“B” diverted all attention to watching other TRAFFIC! STARING AT OTHER CARS! “B” followed a very strong belief that the danger is other bad drivers; all the while, we drive in the wrong positions, blast thru reds, and cut off other cars!


So the decline for the last ten lessons was caused by traffic awareness growing stronger, further diminishing attention to foundational Level 1 skills.


Great work, Team!

Another excellent driving lesson!

Two people are working hard to solve that climb to calm driving!



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