Studies have revealed the teenage brain is not completely hardwired yet. Adolescents differ from adults in the way they respond, solve problems and make decisions. It’s why teaching them to drive defensively – or always anticipating potential threats – is so critical.
At HPT Defensive Driving, our unique methodology combines interactive classroom instruction, hands-on practical application and teach-back verbalization that gives them the “1-second advantage” that can mitigate danger.
New drivers must become familiar with the many traffic laws they must obey in each state. We make our time is interactive and fun to ensure they retain the material and know where to source it in the future.
Small groups of three new drivers engaging in real-time experiences together are the most effective method to retaining defensive driving skills. During our time together, we will review vehicle maintenance and safety precautions, and naturally encounter a range of scenarios that require defensive driving and quick decision-making. Smaller class sizes allow for collaboration, camaraderie and support as we practice:
The best way to learn involves verbally repeating what we’ve learned, or the “show me” technique. During our real-time driving excursions, student drivers will have the chance to offer positive affirmation around decisions made in real-time. Plus, they will be asked to repeat and affirm the lessons they learned both in the classroom and while practicing. This “teach-back” method is used frequently by health care professionals when ensuring patients understand the information and instructions they have been given. HPT has adopted this method to ensure teens can verbalize what they’ve learned for practical application in the future.
Our methodology helps your teen gain what we call the “1-second advantage.” It’s a kind of insurance policy that helps them to make informed decisions over impulsive ones.