|Why the need for Training|
Young people can believe they’re invincible and that nothing bad will ever happen to them. This attitude can carry over to the car, causing them to make poor decisions while driving. That’s why we created Teen Driving.
Modifying risky behaviour
Most drivers typically learn to drive during the teen years, when the brain is not fully mature yet. Recent research is beginning to give us insight why many teens have difficulty regulating risk-taking behaviour:
The area of the brain that weighs consequences, suppresses impulses and organizes thoughts does not fully mature until about age 25.
Hormones are more active in teens, which influence the brain’s neurochemicals that regulate excitability and mood. The result can be thrill-seeking behaviour and experiences that create intense feelings.
Learning to regulate driving behaviour comes with time and practice.
Driving Skills for life offers balanced approaches to help teens not only regulate their own driving behaviour, but also help them deal with the actual issues that can influence their driving behaviour.
K53 instruction plays a role in preparing teens to drive, but should not be viewed as the end of the learning-to-drive process. In order to develop safe driving skills, inexperienced drivers need opportunities to improve through gradual exposure to increasingly-challenging driving tasks. Teens become safer drivers with more driving experience.
In SA, the completion of K53 qualifies a teen for full driving privileges. Driving Skills for life believes this is not a wise approach. Research shows that significant hours of behind-the-wheel experience are necessary to reduce crash-involvement risk.
Parents should not rely solely on K53 to provide teens the significant knowledge and experience that they need to become safe drivers. Completing K53 should be viewed as the beginning of the learning process, not the end.
Teens become safer drivers with more driving experience. Defensive Driving and familiarity behind the wheel will reduce the risk of traffic crashes.
The highly interactive four-hour program, two module program encourages young drivers to take responsibility for their driving behaviour. Skill practice and on-the-spot defensive driving techniques help change bravado to confidence.
Instructors use personal example, humour workbook exercises, interactive media segments, group discussions, role-playing, and short lectures to help young drivers develop convictions and strategies that will keep them safer on the road.