The training vehicle is a 2015 Mazda CX5 Automatic 4-Cylinder All-Wheel Drive. The vehicle is safe, easy to drive, and comfortably suits the needs of a typical learning driver.
Many drivers do well with the 3 or 6 lesson package if they have been driving under consistent and dedicated supervision, others need more. If I only have a student for one lesson, I am really only in a position to offer corrections on what they are doing improperly, rather that comprehensive instruction on critical strategies of defensive driving… which really is the big picture goal of training young drivers. There is so much to cover.
As a professional instructor, I am required to conduct training only in my designated driver training vehicle with a valid commercial vehicle inspection certification.
There is no way to avoid having to meet this minimum time requirement no matter how much driving you have done in the year.
I don't have lots of time to drive with my son, is it okay if he doesn't get in the required 60 hours of driving practice before his road test?
Although it is possible to pass the road test, many young drivers are less likely to take parental driving advice once they have their “N” in hand.
I will not take an inexperienced learner on challenging or busy roads during icy conditions. We’ll complete training strategies in zero-traffic situations.
My best advice is to promise to take it slowly, and be extremely patient. Avoid pressuring them, offer encouragement and constructive advice, but it may become necessary to pull the plug on training if this starts to affect them in a negative manner. Professional driver training will help, but it is not a cure. Extreme cases may benefit from professional counseling to come to terms with a decision one way or another. At the end of the day, obtaining a driver’s licence is not a mandatory rite of passage.
A learner has to want to do it.
My son as a diagnosis of autism, is it possible for him to obtain his driver's license and be safe driver?
I have had many rewarding experiences assisting drivers with various diagnoses to achieve their goal to become a safe and confident driver. I am a registered service provider with the Autism Funding Unit. This allows parents to access funding to support their children to affordably access coaching and interventions to obtain important life skills.
My daughter has failed three road tests. We're not sure why, the results are confusing to read, what should we do?
Overall, they will be assessed in five key categories; observation, speed, steering, communication and space margins.
Not every driver passes the road test the first time; many factors can influence even the best driver. It is not my priority for a student to pass the road test… it is my priority to make them the best and safest driver that they can be… passing the road test will happen when they are truly ready.
I heard that there was a way to reduce the amount of time required for you to become a full-privilege class 5 driver. How do I do this?
My son just got his 'L', and he is extremely nervous about driving. What is the best way to start so that he doesn't get overwhelmed?
- Let him slowly become acquainted with the operating systems of the car and get a feel for steering, braking and accelerating.
- Build confidence slowly by driving in short sessions at first, 15 minutes or so, to avoid overwhelming him.
- Encourage him to read his “Tuning Up for Drivers Training Manual“.
Another important strategy is when you, the supervisor, are driving, give instruction by offering a running commentary on what you are doing and why. Remember to follow the proper rules of the road… young drivers learn bad habits from careless parents!
I am worried about my Mother's driving ability. She has not caused any accidents yet and she thinks she's fine, but I have noticed that she's not as good a driver as she used to be. I'm really not sure if she is safe enough to be driving. What should I do?
The first step should be to have an honest discussion with the senior, expressing concern for their safety. Attend a meeting with her doctor to discuss the options. The doctor will make recommendations and possibly offer an in-office cognitive assessment. There may be a referral set up to be evaluated by the ICBC Examiner by means of an ERA (Enhanced Road Assessment). This is a comprehensive driver examination designed to ensure that a driver is still safe on the road.
DIRECT DRIVE offers comprehensive seniors’ assessments and refresher training at a 10% discount off of listed prices. I have no increased authority to recommend suspension of a driver’s licence to ICBC. I will prepare a confidential evaluation sheet with recommendations that are designed to assist the senior and their family on the best strategies to move forward.