Our work is dedicated to all victims and survivors of road trauma
Best Time Management
Sessions typically run in total for 90-minutes broken into three stages; warmup & assessment, working on top issues, and summary, highlights & planning. However we are extremely flexible and accommodating and often break sessions into 20 or 30 minute blocks. Many drivers find three shorter sessions is better to manage their energy and anxiety levels. Mini sessions include a wide variety of events to help break up the time. We stop, exit, walk around, sit, sketch the learnings, discuss and review each piece, or breathe and stretch. All of this keeps the control in the driver’s hands. Yes we do 60
minute sessions in some circumstances.
Choice In Your Hands
“Should I drive to our target streets to start, or would you like to drive us there today?” “Would you like me to drive us back to your home, or would you like to take us back today?” We present choices for you, the driver, to decide. Decisions in the driver’s hands are top priority, always.
Before you meet us, before your first drive, after each drive, each time we pull over and sketch or talk, you will hear clear and caring communication with real empathy and genuine listening. Developing competence and confidence requires that both the driver and instructor work together to gather the information needed to make the best decisions as you both move forward in learning. Couple this with careful documentation and an overall calm approach, communication is the top of mind priority in all your training.
Calm Driving Areas
We start in a carefully chosen area with low traffic volumes and wider calmer street designs. Reducing complexity in the beginning is critical for developing the first steps to building knowledge, confidence and managing anxiety. Moving out of these preplanned calm areas is decided by the driver and done in small chunks to help develop the management of one’s confidence. In time you build more complex activities on top of these more peaceful areas at your own pace.
Sketch Breaks (& Stretch)
Learning improves with short learning blocks coupled with short reviews; and keeps boredom away. Stopping frequently as needed to ask questions, review and discuss key points, and sketch simple drawings. helps reinforce the learning. Frequent breaks keep your mind and body fresh and free, giving you ample time to manage anxiety and confusion. And yes we can also stop to stretch.
Blend Flaws Into Benefits
“Dam, I keep steering too-wide on my turns. I am so sorry I keep doing that.” Okay, so let’s go to that next corner where the sidewalk and grassy area is, very wide, jutting out into our lane. Here your skill of ‘too-wide’ is valuable! For sure, you must steer wide to avoid bouncing over the grass section! Your too-wide move is a valuable skill! BRAVO!
Too often, we hear that certain behaviour is wrong, when it has value in other instances. For example, sitting too far left in a lane can be dangerous at times; however, it becomes an essential skill when passing a cyclist. Being flexible and able to do different positions and movements is critical with driving. What you may think is a flaw may well be a crucial skill.
Flexible All Around
Overcoming anxiety or fear occurs at a different pace for each of us. You dictate the steps that work best for you to manage your learning. This learning style demands flexibility, demands schedule changes and often changed routes. We have many other things to think about besides just learning to steer. Flexibility all around is part of this service.
“Sorry, I cannot manage tomorrow’s session time. Can we move it till afternoon?”
Surprisingly most all our clients who respect flexibility are very accommodating when changes are requested. This flexibility is a vital part of the overall service. And yes, we all have rules and limits, but we always do our utmost to accommodate changes.
Confidence For Life
Careful documentation, sketching’s, discussions, plans, and goals are all part of a surefooted approach to overcoming obstacles and achieving targeted objectives. Additionally, we work on a simple ranking measurement, a 1 to 10 numbering system, showing progress in each learning area. Both the instructor and you measure levels and work together to understand what’s required to advance. This ranking system helps reveal the progress as well as the areas that need more focus. As you see improvement, confidence often grows positively in other areas of your life. Achieving the ability to drive safely is a huge step to more independence. BRAVO!