Driver Training Goes Online

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by Dawn Wilson, Director of Education Extension

One of the most important rites of passage in high school is getting a driver’s license, but this milestone is fraught with worry for parents. Choosing the right driving program is an important decision and the training offered through SMUS now includes the chance to practice driving without being in a car at all.

Our school delivers driving courses through Wallace Driving School. Starting this year, they will begin using a new driving simulation program, Cognifit, in addition to behind-the-wheel lessons. CogniFit is an online training program to help prepare the teen driver who is dealing with the numerous distractions and unexpected events of the road. The program does this through a series of tasks that challenge students ability to split their attention and process different stimuli.

Try Cognifit: Online Demo

“I compared notes with another friend who attended another driving school,” says Grade 12 student Sun Woo. “My friend was really bored, but I got to watch funny videos and wear simulator goggles. It was really fun.”

Owner/operator Steve Wallace says he makes a point of using contemporary methods that keep students interested and engaged. He has a long history in driver training and is a driving columnist with the Times Colonist.

“You only learn to drive once,” says Steve. “A driving course is one of the very few things a person can purchase which lasts a lifetime.”

The next driver training course starts on Saturday, February 11. A parent information session about the driving classes will be held on Tuesday, January 17 at 7 pm in Crothall 116.

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