Personal Bio of Gene Corbett – Managing Director
Total Driver Aust Pty Ltd
“How many times when you go for a drive, do you criticize the other drivers you share the road with? How often do you watch the news, read the papers, see the internet and find yourself shocked at just how often people crash cars, the trauma, the pain for those left behind and think “There has to be a better way.”
Gene’s Corbett’s passion and experience in the driver training industry spans more than 15 years. He is widely regarded as one of the country’s leading road safety advocates and regularly features on TV, A current affairs programs, radio and print media.
He is a former professional driving instructor
The pinnacle of Gene’s career was being a member of the team of performance driving instructors as part of Mercedes Benz F1 program in 2003.
A passionate and committed advocate for more effective and efficient driver training programs, Gene saw that there was a better way. He drew on years of his knowledge and experience to provide better training to the drivers and parents of tomorrow. As a result, in 2004 Total Driver (Australia) was formed.
The current structured Total Driver Program was developed over a period of 10 years in order to find the right mix of competency and behavioural change needed to create a safer, more responsible driver. To support that process with cultural change and integrate the community to share the passion for Safer drivers, Safer roads and Safer communities.
The core objectives for Gene and the Total Driver program is to produce consistent results, regardless of region, demographics or culture, to reduce driver accident rates and save young lives.
A program that
Defines the objectives,
Records and reports the progress,
Supports the parents as part of the process; and
Includes initiatives such as instructor training programs and free school education.
There are many success stories that have come from the students of Total Driver, two of the most notable include
Geoffrey Uhrane: who is currently competing in the European F3 Championship; and
Shae Davies: who currently competes in the Australian Formula Ford Championship and Porsche cup.
More importantly, there are students who, through learning impairments and other issues, were told they would never be able to drive, not only have they been successful with the Total Driver program, they are actively contributing, and driving safely within the community.
In 2005, Gene was appointed to facilitate a national program for team Triple Eight Racing for their sponsor Dominos Pizza. In conjunction Gene engineered the Betta Boss ride car and ride car program that gave people the chance to ride and drive beside their heroes Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup.
In addition, Gene and Total Driver have been involved in the successful creation, development and deployment of driver training and education programs for a range of organisations, including: Essential Energy, Southcorp Wines and Domino’s Pizza and CHOGM.
Total Driver has played an essential role in many Australian vehicle launches. These have included:
Ford with their launch of the following models: BF falcon, SY territory, FG falcon and Focus
Land Rover with the Discovery, Sport and Vogue models.
These launches were innovative, creative and an Australian-first in the formats that were utilised.
Throughout his career, Gene has assisted thousands of people from all over Australia to become safe and confident drivers by passing on his skills and knowledge.
Gene is a regular media commentator on road safety issues having provided expert opinion to, amongst others;
The National Road Safety Council,
Channel Seven’s Sunrise,
Seven News Qld,
Many local radio spots
Gene and his team, firmly believe there is a better way of preparing new drivers. It is called Total Driver. A structured program of integrated competency based learning modules, that prepares parents as we prepare the students, supported by a schools’ education program that combines for a common goal, to release the Total Driver within every person.
Starting in 2016 Total Driver began its rollout of its franchise model with expectation to penetrate the national market and effect a change in driver behaviour nationally.