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The Driver Rehab Team ...

The Driver Rehab Team consisting of a Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Hypnotherapist, Acupuncturist, Massage Therapist, Physiotherapist and a Driver Retraining Consultant.

 

The Remedial Driver Desensitization Programme is a systematic, multi-component process tailored to meet the unique needs of individuals who experience anxiety and fear associated with driving or riding as a passenger in a motor vehicle.  It is designed to address the gap in service that exists for individuals following a motor vehicle collision or other form of trauma that has affected their driving performance. 

Whether it is over-confidence, where a driver takes unnecessary risks, or a lack of confidence in which a driver is hesitant and sends mixed messages to others on the road – both are equally dangerous and contribute to unsafe responses by other drivers.  This programme, now in operation for over 20 years, has a proven track record and continues to add new graduates to the list of safe and competent drivers sharing our roads.


The main focus of the Remedial Driver Desensitization programme is to create a relaxed but professional training experience.  The programme utilizes an interactive approach, such that each training session is built on the previous session’s progress, focussing on the client’s accomplishments and the coach’s assessment of which learning strategies are most effective in meeting the client’s needs.  The coach provides sensitive, constructive and affirmative feedback, working with the client to move through resistance that is rooted in fear and anxiety toward a sense of freedom and competence.  Upon reaching an identified goal, the client becomes aware of their potential to overcome barriers she or he previously thought were insurmountable, thereby creating a platform for which high level defensive driving skills can be attained.


Smart Driving Tips

Always remember that there are blind spots where you cannot see other road users.
  • You will always have blind spots no matter what size of vehicle you are driving. Larger vehicles usually have larger blind spots.
  • Do not drive in another driver’s blind spot. If you can’t see the driver’s face in the side mirror, they can’t see you.
  • Always turn and glance over your shoulder to confirm what you think you have seen in your mirrors. Remember; mirrors distort images. Cars look smaller and farther away than they actually are, so you cannot simply pull out into another lane until you first signal, check your mirror and look over your shoulder.
  • Don’t totally trust your mirrors, but do set them correctly for optimum visibility. Adjust door mirrors so that the driver can see a small portion of the rear of the vehicle. This provides consistency in both indicating whether mirrors have been knocked or altered while the vehicle was parked and providing the driver a perspective guideline as to where other vehicles are placed in relation to their vehicle.

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