Our science-based approach for learning to drive is both comprehensive and fun, including interactive and insightful online learning.
New drivers are at risk because they are often suddenly exposed to a wide range of scenarios for which they have had no training or prior experience. Couple this with a natural tendency towards impulsivity due to young age and development and unprepared drivers can be faced with serious consequences.
Driving Unlimited Academy addresses this issue through a variety of tools:
- Study of new-driver risk scenarios
- Risk profiling – individual’s tolerance
- Impulsivity awareness training
Online Training Modules
The Driving Academy curriculum includes a series of online training modules that are included with our full Graduated Licensing Course and also available for separate study. These modules can be completed in the comfort of your home, and cover the basics of driving from quiet residential streets to busy freeways. Modules also discuss impaired and distracted driving, night driving and dealing with hazardous weather conditions. There’s even one module that is full of parking tips! At the end of each module there is a quiz so that students can test their understanding of the material they’ve covered.
It’s in our DNA – a focus on higher learning
In addition to a focus on traditional driver training themes (understanding the rules of the road, vehicle control skills, driving in traffic), Driving Unlimited Academy ensures that our learners:
- Receive insight into typical high-risk new driver scenarios and advice about how to deal with them (e-learning)
- Obtain feedback on how their individual personality traits may increase crash risk
- Understanding the role of impulsivity in driving behaviour
- Develop greater road awareness and decision-making skills through in-car coaching
- Acquire the most benefit from high-volume supervised driving practice during their learner period
Our Driving Academy has an all-encompassing driver training and education approach that takes into account best practice recommendations from the scientific community in order to better prepare new drivers for a lifetime of safe, responsible and enjoyable driving.
Impulsivity and Personal Risk Tolerance
The safety of a new driver depends on a number of factors. These include previous training, the amount of experience and a wide range of potential risks. A person’s driving style is heavily influenced by their personality and character traits. For example, consider the driving style of a person who is naturally very calm, and then compare that to a driver who tends to be very impatient. Outside influences can completely change the context of a driving situation and contribute to a potentially higher risk factor.
Because of their age and development stage, new drivers are at risk of acting impulsively. In fact, impulsive behaviour is one of the biggest contributors to crashes and violations experienced by new drivers.
For this reason, the cornerstone of our driver education philosophy focuses on how each individual’s personality and risk tolerance influence their driving behaviour.