Think back to your elementary school classroom. Was it a peaceful, controlled, and relaxed environment? Much to the chagrin of your teacher, probably not. Teaching children is an important job that comes with a huge set of challenges. Luckily for you, your professional driver trainers don’t face the same difficulties as elementary school teachers. That’s not to say that teaching adults is easy. In fact, teaching adults comes with a whole new set of hurdles. If your trainers are aware of the do’s and don’ts, they can avoid common mistakes and more effectively train your adult learners to be safe, professional drivers.
Adults don’t learn the exact same way children do. If you approach new driver training the way an elementary school teacher approaches teaching 5th grade math, you’ll frustrate everyone involved. These differences are why the psychological field of adult learning theory exists.
Adult learning theory is complex and has been studied by psychologists for decades. Your trainers don’t have to be experts on the psychology of learning, but some background knowledge can have an immense impact on your trainers’ success. Here are some basic adult-learning principles that every driver trainer should understand:
Like we said, your trainers don’t have to be experts in adult learning to develop a fleet of safe, defensive, and competent drivers. However, left to their own devices nearly every trainer - new or experienced - will make these three costly mistakes.
Training is all about teaching skills. However, training in and of itself is a skill. Nobody is born a great trainer - people need proper instruction and practice. If you want the best results for your driver training program, we recommend a train-the-trainer model like LLLC Instructor Certification. The most effective train-the-trainer programs will teach your trainers relevant adult learning theories and best-practices while simultaneously offering practice coaching adult learners in defensive driving. Having highly-skilled trainers is a key component to building your fleet of all-star drivers.
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