Many clients come to me from other trainers, confused and frustrated. The instructors dumped everything they knew onto the new driver, nonstop talking and feeding endless lists of things to do.

Where are the priorities? What are the stages of learning? In what order does the learning need to occur?

Is not each person’s brain unique; therefore each may require a specific order to learn? Do you talk and dump the exact same information to every single client?

There is an order of learning to drive. There are priorities and mastery of levels before you can step up into the next levels. I explain here…

There are two worlds when learning to drive, the US and the THEM.

To avoid being overloaded and stressed, you must master the US first before moving onto the THEM. Forcing a new driver to watch the traffic, the signage, the right of ways while trying to learn to control the car is too much and can damage their confidence! It’s impossible to manage the traffic THEM and all the activities around you when you cannot control the US, the essential car positioning and speed.

MASTERY of this first level CAR CONTROL – US is crucial before moving to the next levels. Failing to do this results in stress, confusion, anxiety and frustration.

A good trainer takes 70% of the management AWAY from the new driver, giving them time to master the first levels. Only after mastery is achieved can more of the remaining 70% be transferred back to the novice driver.

Dumping content, answers and road test specifics is one way to teach I call garbage-can-teaching – merely dumping all the content you know.

But understanding how someone learns, how to solve each person’s problem and misunderstanding, and respecting the uniqueness we all learn with, including the struggle many people have with learning and understanding, is a real instructor’s talent.

Anyone can memorize the answers and the road test requirements. But does everyone truly understand the laws, history related to past car crashes, and the road system’s real intended design? And the complexities our brain and vision bring to learning how to drive?

And what about helping a learner move from a Skytrain pass to a driver’s license to avoiding collisions for the rest of their lives? Beyond the license? Do you ever touch on the actual risks out there and the considerable challenge a new driver faces AFTER they are licensed?

Are you helping people be safe?

Or are you helping them enter into a dangerous world with blinders on? The same blinders you may be teaching with?

I Have Evolved

We strongly recommend not training a new driver on your own. We suggest you hire a registered driving instructor with experience in a dual-controlled, fully insured driving school car.


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