What’s your passion?
I was recently asked why I write these articles for this site, newspapers, magazines and websites. It really made me think about it, so I took some time to put it all together. I have a passion. My passion has grown to become a large part of why I do what I do. My passion is road safety.
There are many things I do in my life, but the main thing I do is allow for success. I spend time with my family to help my wife and my kids become successful. I support them all in they do. I also support what my students do when I’m teaching them to drive. I believe in the “sell versus tell” theory of teaching. You’ll do things you believe in, not what you’ve been told to do. This means I have to sell my students on the process of our program at Young Drivers of Canada.
I completely believe that crashes can be avoided. I live and breathe this theory. I also believe that anyone can learn to drive; provided they learn the proper techniques. When people discover what I do for a living, they often tell me their most recent driving story. I have to be honest here; I’m often interested in their story because it gives me a chance to educate another driver on the proper way to survive on the roads.
I jump at the opportunity to speak to others about safe driving practices. The new information that someone may receive may help protect them, their passengers and their vehicle for many years to come.
Almost every day of my life I hear an interesting story, or see a driver do something that makes me scratch my head. I often wonder what goes through the mind of most drivers. Most often the thought isn’t about driving. More people think about their job, their home life or where they’re going instead of their task of driving. This multi tasking, including distracted driving, is hurting us tremendously and drivers need to realize they have to focus on their driving and not on anything else. My job is to help educate drivers to think more like drivers.
My passion has allowed me to do this to thousands upon thousands of people each year. While I had the pleasure of working with Discovery Network’s series Canada’s Worst Driver, it allowed me to convey safer driving practices all across our nation. My articles have been published in newspapers and magazines to help spread the word about safe driving, but I do most of this on my own time because it’s what makes me happy; safe roads for all of us, including me and my family.
The company that I work for and who has taught me a lot about driver training, and life, has an absolute wonderful program for both new drivers and licensed drivers. We’ve moved into e-learning for our new drivers because we’re never idle about learning how to drive. We’ve even ventured deep into how our brain works through cognitive training with ‘Cognifit’ (www.cognifit.com). This job is all very exciting almost every day that it’s so easy to keep the passion burning when I work at the place I do and with the people I do.
There’s never a dull moment with my life as a driving instructor at Young Drivers of Canada www.yd.com or as an automotive journalist.
So, that explains my passion; what’s yours?