Motorcycle driver training expanded to now include cars

For over 30 years, the Kelowna & District Safety Council has been one of B.C.’s largest and most well-respected motorcycle rider training schools.

For over 30 years, the Kelowna & District Safety Council has been one of B.C.’s largest and most well-respected motorcycle rider training schools.

KDSC is proud to announce that it has been licensed as a driver training school and its driver training doors are now open.

“As a non-profit, charitable organization, our main focus has always been on traffic safety education, training and awareness,” said Tania Meyer executive director of the Kelowna & District Safety Council.

“So the decision to start a driver training program for new drivers fits well with our goals of making Okanagan roads safer places for everyone.

“Although we’ve been educating children and motorcyclists since 1980, we weren’t reaching the largest segment of road users—car drivers.

“Being able to offer high quality, professional driver training, with the most current teaching methods at an affordable price will help us to have an even greater impact in the community.”

The Kelowna & District Safety Council’s training vehicle is a two-door Mustang coupe and it has been specially fitted with dual brake and gas pedals.

Most driver training schools just modify their cars with dual brake systems, but having a dual gas pedal is an added safety feature, said Meyer.

“Driving instructors often have to take over the controls from new drivers and having a dual gas pedal means that, if necessary, the instructor will be able to get himself or herself and the student out of harm’s way quickly,” said  Lana Costa, a KDSC driving instructor. “It’s great peace of mind for everyone. It’s also a fun car to drive and it really appeals to young drivers.”

KDSC is offering a full roster of driver training lessons. Its new driver programs are geared for students of all ages who are just learning to drive and lessons can be customized to each student’s experience and skill level.

Single lessons as well as various discounted packages are available.

KDSC also has special sessions that will prepare students for their L or N stage ICBC road tests.

Specific skill-based lessons are also available for new and licensed drivers, including Refreshers, Winter Driving, Learn to Park Smart, Emergency Strategies and a Co-Pilot seminar to help the efforts of parents who are supervising their teen’s practise sessions.

Driving assessments and pre-employment assessments are available for corporate clients and professional drivers. Lessons designed especially for senior drivers include Refreshers, Winter Driving and ICBC Retest Prep sessions.

“Our motorcycle students have been asking us for years to develop a driver training program,” said Meyer.

“So, we’re really excited to be launching our new program and responding to the requests of our community members.”

For inquiries or to schedule training, call KDSC at 250-765-3163.

 

Kelowna Capital News