Teen Drivers and their lack of vehicle maintenance skills are in
an article as part of the Supercheap promotion, raising awareness of how unprepared our teens are as drivers.
So why are vehicle maintenance and driver development not included in teen driver school education programs?
There are four key areas of focus required,
Millennials (teen drivers) and their lack of vehicle maintenance skills are all the news at present, but this is not a new problem.
An article doing the rounds as part of a Supercheap promotion, raising awareness of how unprepared our teens are as drivers.
The statistics are horrendous, 5 times the fatality rates, A crash increase of 3000% the day they get their drivers license, a cost to the community of $36bn pa.
And for some reason, we accept this.
There are a number of key areas where these statistics stem from, one of the primary drivers is that they are encouraged to “Learn their own way” so, in a consumer-driven world, they all universally believe they only need a few driving lessons to pass the driving test. It is all about the cost of lessons, passing the driving test, not the outcome of being prepared as drivers.
So what the statistics are really showing, is the approach and emphasis of just passing the driving test, is not preparing them as drivers at all.
They have no defensive skills and more importantly, no preventive driving skills. Essentially they are not prepared for the task of driving and their standard of preparation pre-driving test, is at an all-time low, as today’s cars do not require the level of driver input, mechanical empathy or vehicle awareness
Additionally, another difference that is always not addressed, is the improvement in vehicles design, engineering, and safety, wrapped up in NVH improvements (noise, vibration and harshness)
Essentially today’s modern vehicles are isolating the drivers from all the information that scared us into slowing down.
Combining these two elements alone creates the statistics mentioned in the opening paragraph.
It is easily fixed. that is the good news.
With the Total Driver program, schools are provided three #freedriverprograms, aimed at years 10, 11 and 12. so we can address the attitudinal, emotional and psychological development of them as drivers, in a positive empowered peer group environment.
This also includes #vehiclemaintenance, #changingtyres, globes and #underbonnetchecks, awareness and understanding, so they are more in control of the environment they manage as a driver.
There is nothing natural about the art of driving, it is a series of learned skills. No other form of education allows the student to become the teacher, the supervisor to be self-appointed, based on relationship alone and the assessment criteria to be so misplaced compared to competency and outcome.
The irony is it is the only form of education for their teens, they undertake in a cost first priority, the cost is huge, Most NFP doing schools based #drivereducation programs, such as #roadwhyz, #bluedatto etc are founded by mothers, who have lost their teens in road trauma, but not at any stage do they look at how they prepared them as drivers, decided they were ready for the #drivingtest, even questioned their own skills and knowledge in how to prepare them as a driver.
I will never forget one client who approached us when we first started, decided we were too expensive and left.
Three years later he came in and purchased the most comprehensive program we offered, when questioned why, he responded that he thought he was smart when he purchased #cheapdrivinglessons, saved dollars on a car, did the hours himself etc.
It wasn’t until he was writing out the cheque for the funeral, the reality of it hit him
There are no second chances when it comes to #learninghowtodrive, it is the most complex skill we will ever undertake.
So find the best, learn the rightway from the beginning, approach the subject in the same manner as how you chose their school, education, sports, and tutors.
Driver training is not a cost, it is an investment in their future.
Who supports you as a supervised driver, to prepare them? The Total Driver program provides a live assessment at each step, showing what to practice, how much practice is required and how to practice. Supporting parents in their role as supervised drivers.