Brentwood driving lessons may not be for everyone, but they do work, so you might as well get on with it.
Brentwood Driving School teaches students how to drive, but the cars themselves aren’t designed to help you learn the road.
Instead, the school teaches drivers to learn how to ride, operate a motorcycle and operate an electric vehicle, among other skills.
“We have a lot of cars that we have that have been designed for this particular task, but we’ve also been able to design them for other types of driving,” said instructor and Brentwood Driving school co-founder Paul Tully.
Tully said the school’s instructors have also taught people how to navigate the roads and find their way in a crowded area.
One of those students, David Macdonald, said he found the school challenging because he was unfamiliar with the concept of driving in traffic.
“I didn’t know how much traffic there was, how many people were on the road and where they were going,” said Macdonald.
“It’s a little bit of a different challenge, and I didn’t really have the experience to go out and do the kind of research I needed to get ready for it.”
Macdonald is now a regular driver at a new job, but he still needs to practice in order to pass his driving test.
“My parents don’t like it, but it’s kind of fun, it’s something that I’ve been wanting to do for a while now,” he said.
The new program has also proven that a lot more people are interested in learning how to learn.
A recent survey by the Canadian Association of College and Trade Teachers showed more than 70 per cent of respondents were interested in continuing their education after completing the Brentwood School program.
Students who completed the Brentford Driving School program had higher confidence scores than those who did not, and those who passed the program scored higher on some tests.
According to the organization, students who passed and passed well received high praise from instructors.
“It was really inspiring to see the enthusiasm that people had for learning and to see their enthusiasm for learning,” said Christina Bowers, the association’s vice-president of education.
For more information about the Brentland Driving School, visit the school website at www.brentwooddriving.ca.