Direct Drive Salmon Arm Driver Training was established in Salmon Arm on March 1, 2015. The school offers practical in-car training to learners of all ages. Direct Drive maintains its licence as a driver training school under the British Columbia Motor Vehicle Act. Owner/Operator Lisa Bennett has been a certified Driver Training Instructor since January 2012. Steve Fabro joined Lisa as an instructor in June 2019. He brings with him a wealth of experience and extensive ICBC industry knowledge, not to mention his undying enthusiasm and dedication to excellence. Glenn Johnson joined Direct Drive in November 2022. Glenn has worked extensively with students with learning challenges and brings with him a calm approach to reach every type of learner.

The New Driver
Direct Drive offers a patient and comfortable environment for the learning driver. Every student learns new skills in their own way. Many drivers are blessed with so-called “natural ability”, while others struggle with new concepts. We adapt our teaching style to suit the needs of every learner. Lessons are taught in layers, and we look for progression from lesson to lesson. Follow-up written reviews are emailed to keep parents and supervisors tuned in to the elements that are taught, as well as recommendations for practice time and expectations for the next lesson.

The Senior Driver
Although we specialize in the “Learning Driver”, we also offer refresher lessons and assessments to adults and seniors. Many seniors are faced with increased scrutiny with regard to their driving skills and abilities. RoadSafetyBC may require a driver to take an Enhanced Road Assessment (E.R.A.) due to physical or cognitive concerns. An unsuccessful assessment by an ICBC examiner could result in the mandatory forfeiture of their driver’s license. It is important to consider having an independent driving assessment to offer recommendations on strategies to maintain safety behind the wheel. This assessment also sheds some light on the strict new standards set forth by ICBC. Consider having driven for 60 years without assessment… very probably there are some critical strategies that can be improved upon to help ensure that you are applying the high safety standards that we expect of drivers today. Seniors over 65 receive a 10% discount off of listed prices.

New to Canada Drivers
If you are new to Canada with a valid out-of-country driver’s licence, depending on your country of origin, you may be required to pass an ICBC Road Test. Booking a driving assessment with Direct Drive may prove to be a worthwhile investment. This is also a good idea if you have previously held a Canadian driver’s licence, but have let it lapse and spent more than 3 years as a non-driver.