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The Benefits of a Driver Education Course

Driving student bookBy taking a MTO-approved Beginner Driver Education Course at a driving school, G1 licence holders may qualify for a four-month reduction in the 12-month minimum G1-licensing period as well as a potential reduction in insurance premiums.

Teen drivers account for most of the accidents on roadways today, statistics claim. This raises insurance prices, liability, and even may result in teens losing their license from poor driving. The goal in driving courses and driver education is to give teens the knowledge necessary to firstly pass the driving test on exam day, but also keep them safe with important safety tips and procedures.

We provide driving information that will help keeping you and others safe on the road.

We teach the driving students from the Brisa on Wheels MTO Approved curriculum. This learning package contains a 246 page student workbook that is packed with vibrant illustrations, colour, and all the necessary review sheets required by the Ministry of Transportation to obtain your course completion.
Characteristics of an excellent Driver and how do you practice them behind the steering wheel.

  • The Driving Task: driving is a physical skill, mental skill, social skill, legal knowledge

Driving is the responsability of controlling a moving vehicle through ever changing traffic environment.

  • What is the fuel efficiency and why is it important-Driving and the Environment

“Auto$mart – A New Point of View” can help students make the link among road safety, fuel efficiency and environmental problems such as climate change. The kit has been completely redesigned to encourage the drivers of tomorrow to adopt a new way of thinking about driving behavior.

  • Understanding the rules of the road, sign, signals and pavement marking
  • Rationale for traffic laws and regulations: Recognition of the three levels of Government-Law-Enforcement
  • The Demerit Point System. What is the purpose of the Demerit Point System (DPS), how does the DPS protect the public, how does the DPS affect the licence
    7 Points
    Failing to remain at the scene of a collision Failing to stop when signalled/requested by a police officer
    6 Points
    Careless Driving Racing
    Exceeding the speed limit by 50 km/h or more Failing to stop for a school bus
    5 Points
    Driver of a bus failing to stop at an unprotected railway crossing
    4 Points
    Exceeding the speed limit by 30 to 49 km/h Following too closely
    3 Points
    Exceeding the speed limit by 16 to 29 km/h Driving through, around or under a railway crossing barrier
    Failing to yield the right-of-way Failing to obey a stop sign, traffic control stop/slow sign, traffic light or railway crossing signal
    Failing to obey the directions of a police officer Driving the wrong way on a divided road
    Failing to report a collision to a police officer Improper driving when road is divided into lanes
    Crowding the driver's seat Going the wrong way on a one-way road
    Driving or operating a vehicle on a closed road Crossing a divided road where no proper crossing is provided
    Failing to slow and carefully pass a stopped emergency vehicle Failing to move, where possible, into another lane when passing a stopped emergency vehicle
    Improper passing Improper use of high occupancy vehicle lane
    2 Points
    Improper opening of a vehicle door Prohibited turns
    Towing people — on toboggans, bicycles, skis, etc. Failing to obey signs
    Failing to stop at a pedestrian crossing Failing to share the road
    Improper right turn Improper left turn
    Failing to signal Unnecessary slow driving
    Reversing on a divided high-speed road Driver failing to wear a seat belt
    Driver failing to ensure that a passenger less than 23 kg is properly secured Driver failing to ensure that a passenger under 16 years is wearing a seat belt
    Failing to lower headlamp beams Backing on a highway
    Driver failing to ensure infant/child passenger is properly secured in an appropriate child restraint system or booster seat

    Demerit Points and New Drivers

    • As a Class G1, G2, M1 or M2 driver, if you get two or more demerit points, you will be sent a warning letter.
    • At six points, you may have to go to an interview to discuss your record and give reasons why your licence should not be suspended. If you don't attend, your licence may be suspended.
    • At nine points, your licence will be suspended for 60 days from the date you surrender it to the Ministry of Transportation. You can lose your licence for up to two years if you fail to surrender your licence. A driver's licence may be surrendered at any ServiceOntario Driver & Vehicle Licence Issuing Office, ServiceOntario College Park Driver and Vehicle Licence Issuing Office, or mailed to:

      Ministry of Transportation Driver Improvement Office Building A, Main Floor 2680 Keele Street Downsview, ON  M3M 3E6

  • Graduated licensing system G1, G2, G, how to obtain your Driver Licence, what is required to obtain your Driver Licence, how do you keep your Driver Licence


  • Safe and Proper Pre-Driving Habits, adjust for safety and understanding all the controls that your hands operate, foot pedals,control panel
  • Vision and Perception-Driving through the eyes, learn about Central Vision, Peripheral Vision, Depth Perception, Night Vision, Dominant Eye and Colour Vision

waterloo, ontario driving school classroomMost of the information a driver needs is collected through the eye (90%)

  • Collecting the information as a Driver: Research shows that new drivers spend so much time looking at the road just in front of their vehicle that they often miss hazards farther ahead. Make sure you know what's coming up by scanning at least 12 seconds ahead
  • Space and time management – following distance while driving -perception time, reaction time, braking distance, the 3 second rule
  • Predictability – communication with the other road users, sending and receiving messages
  • Driving in the city- understanding intersections, Driving in controlled intersection, Driving in uncontrolled intersections, Roundabouts

Risks involved in turns at intersection

  • Sharing the Road safely-knowing how to share the road is an important part of keeping safe when driving
  • Driving in rural areas – passing and being passed - Driving on unpaved road, Managing risk in rural area, Railway crossing
  • Driving on the Freeways- entering , driving on the Freeway, passing a vehicle and exiting from a Freeway

How to handle entrance problems when you cannot find a gap, there is an uncertain driver ahead, the acceleration lane merges into the farthest left lane of traffic or you find yourself on the wrong entrance ramp.

How to handle exit problems when you do not notice your exit until the last minute,the exit ramp you want is jammed with cars backed up onto the freeway, there is a "weaving lane".

  • Fitness to Drive- Seeing and hearing, assesing your health,staying awake,keeping focused
  • Dangerous emotions – Emotions are powerful forces that can interrupt the concentration you need for driving.

Whatever the cause of emotion, it is important to look at your emotional fitness to drive.

  • Impairment – Drinking and Driving - facts about alcohol

Facts about drugs : Drugs and medications can impair driving. If you are taking medications or drugs, you need to know how they can affect your ability to drive safely.

Legal consequences of Impairement

Protecting yourself from impaired drivers.

  • Taking risk - Identifying your driving attitude or style
  • Peer pressure – handling negative peer pressure
  • Unsafe passengers - being a good passenger
  • Unsafe Drivers - stopping unsafe Driving situations
  • Aggressions on the Road – handling other Drivers Aggression and preventing aggression
  • Emergency Driving strategies - prepare for emergencies, emergency treshold braking technique, skid control,
  • Environmental hazards – Driving on low visibility conditions, Driving on wet roads - preventing/handling, hydroplaning, handling ice and snow
  • Driving at night - using the headlights
  • Vehicle breakdowns – tire blowout, brake failure, engine problem, stuck gas pedal
  • On the day of your road test