HomeSafe Driving School
HomeSafe Driving School’s aim is to create safe drivers. A "safe driver" is a distinct term that addresses both the hard skills of technical driving and the soft skills of character and attitude development, this includes being more present and or aware of the road, and the people around us. We accomplish this through behind the wheel training and values-based, interactive classes and workshops that focus on character and attitude, and how these produce a safe driver. We do the basics exceptionally well, however, we are not content to simply stop there. Our in-depth classroom and workshops provide opportunities for students to learn beyond the simple do’s and don’ts covered in many driver education programs.
Why Choose HomeSafe Driving School
Supported by the findings and solutions found in IIHS research (see report below) and the clear need in our society to do something different, we are offering more than the typical driver's education program. Our approach is to intervene as highly trained instructors who focus on strong visual habits, solid vehicle control, and developing the attitude skills crucial for creating safer drivers. These instructors are trained far beyond the DMV minimum requirements for driving schools. Our staff is well educated and has extraordinary life and driving experience. We use step-by-step methods, demonstration, a range of problem solving techniques, Socratic methodology, and culture changing technology commonly used in organizations and families. We combine these techniques with factors listed in research that have shown measurable results including parent involvement, extended classroom, and extra on-street lessons. We also work with the students who have clearly not made the progress necessary for safe driving and create strategies that involve the parents and students.
Why Traditional Driver Education Does Not Produce Safe Drivers
In April 2009, The Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration commissioned a study that concludes, "scientific evaluations do not support driver education as a mechanism for reducing crashes ." We Know the Causes, the behaviors that contribute to teen-related crashes are well documented. Inexperience and immaturity are connected with peer pressure, that fuel poor attitudes that drive too fast, drive while impaired, ignore seat belts, don’t pay attention, drive sleepy, and drive at night, aggravating this problem (NHTSA Website, Teen Drivers).
As noted, reports regarding the effectiveness, or lack of effectiveness, of the current model for driver’s education plainly lays out the need for a new approach, an approach that we are taking in with this company. This paragraph speaks volumes to the concerns of the current reality of driver’s education:
“Probably the biggest impediment to driver education effectiveness involves the inherent difficulties in affecting lifestyle and developmental factors: the attitudes, motivations, peer influences, and cognitive and decision-making skills that are so influential in shaping driving styles and crash involvement ”.
These factors are clear roadblocks to producing safe drivers. Many companies simply surrender to the “way things have always been done” feeling they cannot do anything to change the current culture. In fact the report goes to say:
“Safety messages can readily be overwhelmed by these ongoing influences. In this context, Pat Waller (1997) long ago pointed out the unrealistic expectations for the driver instructor compared with the way other teachers are judged. She asked, “Should the driver education teacher be responsible only for whether the student can drive adequately, or whether he actually does drive in this manner,” and went on to note the many outside influences that shape subsequent driving performance ”.
1. Driver's Training (6 hour state mandated behind the wheel training - however, a minimum 8 hours is recommended by this study). We place high value on character development, relationship building, and teaching students how to learn, as they learn how to drive.
2. Driver Education – Classroom and Online. This interactive class, with some homework, meets the state required 25 hrs of Driver Education in order to take their permit test. This class places a significant focus on the Attitude and how it relates to driving. This class helps students become clear of their personal value and what they have to contribute to their family, friends, and community thus becoming a safer, more responsible driver, while learning the rules of the road. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to participate in the final 2-hours of this class as cover the basic process of the licensing procedure. More importantly, we interact with the gravity of driving, helping students understand the perspective of parents and responsible adults and encouraging these adults to communicate clearly as they express their concerns for their teens.
3. Student Safe Driver Plan. This 2-day workshop encourages students to develop a plan on how they will become a Safe D-R-I-V-E-R!
D -- Discoverer Adopting a "learner's” stance.
R -- Receiver Listening to and observing self and others
I -- Intentional Becoming clear on your personal value and what you have to offer others.
V -- Versatile Being flexible and adaptable to a dynamic environment
E -- Enroller Confronting peer pressure by creating choices for self and others, by being a leader.
R -- Responsible The willingness and initiative to take care of others inside and outside of one's vehicle
4. Parent Teen Communication and Negotiation – Creating The Driver
Based on the Harvard Negotiation Project (Getting to Yes and Getting Past No, by William Ury), the methodology empowers families to negotiate a driving contract for expectation and readiness. They do this by developing clear criteria for such abstract concepts as maturity, responsibility, and judgment. This process empowers families to better communicate as they:
Recognize the five barriers to reaching win-win agreements
Prepare for, identify, and overcome each of these barriers
Distinguish "interests" from "positions" and discover manifold positions that satisfy your own and your teen's interests
Consistently achieve mutually beneficial outcomes
5. Parent/teen Safety Meetings.
Parents are encouraged to attend the final two hours of our basic driver education class. We will also have meetings throughout the community that cover various topics related to teens driving.
Emancipation (providing a safe environment that empower the parent to release the student to adulthood within the next two years)
Independence and mobility (making clear connections that this has been happening since the teen started to crawl and that this is simply another step in their development. Also connecting the competence of the parent to the teen's development to address the parent's anxiety and tendency to over-react to this phase of growth... i.e. "have I done enough to ensure the safety of my child?")
Tiered freedom (help create a clear pathway toward freedom with clear conditions/expectations/ fall-backs or consequences that empower growth and responsibility.
Drinking as a social problem (includes why people need to drink, social pressures, issues specific to teens... i.e. fitting in, stress, escaping etc.)
Teen Dynamics and emergence; self differentiating in the context of family and society