Learner Driver Training – why parents teaching new driving skills is the highest risk activity you will ever undertake

Parents believe that driving is using the controls, the brakes, the accelerator and steering, managing mirror checks and keeping between the lines. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The key challenge every learner faces is that everything they want to do, everything that kept them alive to this point, is actually creating and compounding the risk from the moment they hop behind the wheel.

It is called Embodied Cognitive Skill and essentially it is our programming that keeps us alive in our natural environment. When we hop into a car, we introduce speed, but our brains cannot process speed.

Essentially it is like taking the operating system out of a PC and putting it into a MAC and wondering why it keeps crashing.

This is also why there is such conflict between the learner driver and the parents, it is like you are speaking a foreign language, their interpretation to what you are saying is vastly different to what you are saying. Add to this, the flow of information, is happening to fast, to late and they are at 100% just trying to keep up.

It is a melting pot of emotions, just waiting to explode.

When students “Learn their own way” you are playing Russian Roulette with their lives. Cameron had completed his lessons, signed of by his instructor and was practicing for his driving test. He never made it.

The Highest risk activity you will ever undertake.

Believe it or not, we start learning to drive from the age of three (3) they are absorbing the braking, cornering and dynamic forces, they are learning your mannerisms, driving behavior.

But when they hop behind the wheel, they are not prepared for the onslaught of information, that their eyes are now telling lies, that their brains cannot process speed and our natural process, to keep ourselves safe, actually compounds this hotpot of chaos.

Everything they want to do, is the exact opposite of what they need to do.

The information is happening to fast, to late and they are in overload, and then they have to make even more decisions to control this environment, but no one has taught them this, or you.

In the passenger’s seat, you have no controls, no brake, steering, nothing. When they look and don’t see, you are now the passenger.


It is not that you cannot drive, it is just everything that no one has told you about driving, about teaching, about controlling this environment to build knowledge, confidence and competence.

It is about being able to structure the process, so they are in control of the environment they create, not reacting to the chaos of what is going wrong. This is called Proactive Driving.

So who prepares you, to prepare them?

It takes months to prepare a professional Total Driver instructor. This is what makes the current position of forcing parents into the role as supervised drivers so wrong.

There is so much more to driving than the basics of starting, stopping and staying between the painted lines. So who prepares you, to prepare them?


This is the real value in the Total Driver program. You are getting a FREE high-end driving course as part of your investment and commitment to their driving outcomes.

At each step, we include you in the process, assessments that guide you through where we are at, where we want you to practice and how much practice is required.

Support material, that gives you the information you need, in bite size chunks so you can absorb, relate and help them practice.

By the end of the program, your teen is prepared in all areas of driving, and you have a suite of resources to assist with practice driving, a teen who is competent and a pleasure to sit beside.

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Graduates of Total Driver have a 400% reduction in accidents over the first 3 years of obtaining their license, in comparison to the national average*.

The question we ask all supervisors:

“Will you bet your child’s life you have the skills to teach the art of driving?”