In-Class Information

Classroom Orientation

1. Class 1:  Review procedures, course expectations and overview.

3. The class is normally conducted by way of course study guides (written by the teacher) that are lent to all students.   The teacher conducts the class by going through this book, though not word for word, and with discussion, and as well by video presentations.   There is no seat work, group work or student presentations and virtually no note-taking.     You will receive your book when you arrive.

4. Typically the session is divided into two with a break in the middle.   Each part is at least 90 minutes long, but students are allowed to leave briefly for the washroom without asking permission.    A water cooler is provided and you can get up to get a drink whenever you wish.   During the 15 minute break students often go to the nearby Superstore, Needs or Robins for a drink or snack.

5. The teacher will be emphasizing the need for maturity in driving a car, and in accordance with this concept, will be expecting students to actively learn and pay as much attention as possible.   He will be assuming that students want to be there and will therefore be making the most of their time in class.

6. The registration form provided on your first night must be brought back in fully completed by the next class attended.

7. There will be a significant final test, done during Class #7, and with a 60% pass mark.   Details of the test are given ahead of time as Class #7 approaches.

8. During one of the later class sessions, the in-car instructors will come to the class and meet individually with students to set up the initial in-car appointments.

9. A student who starts the class late will normally still be able to commence the in-car sessions at the same time as other members of the class, even though he or she will be returning next month to make up time in the classroom.



This outline shows the progression through the topics.  Due to monthly variations in pace it is not possible to divide this list definitively into class sessions. Videos are listed but may vary over time.  Chapter numbers refer to the Propulsion textbook.


  • Introduction, procedure, forms, fee collection, textbooks.  Maturity needed for driving. A Chance to do something well.
  • Goals of Driver Education (“Why You Are Here”)
  • Introduction to the Highway Transportation System [Ch 1]
  • Driver competence. Basic responsibilities of drivers; Liability and the concept of Last Clear Chance [Ch 1]
  • Laws and regulations relating to vehicles and driving.
  • Classes of drivers licences.      Licencing regulations.
  • Documents required – all the things you need to have in or on your car, or kept at home. [NS specific]
  • Levels of infractions. Demerit point system (basic outline) [Ch 3], Suspensions. Being stopped; In case of accident [Ch 3]
  • Health and Attitude 1: Vision, Fatigue, CO, Alcohol and Drugs. Video: “Drinking and Drugs”,
  • Health and Attitude 2: Attitude, Mood, Road Rage [Ch 4], Videos: “Road Rage”, “It’s a Matter of Attitude”
  • Attention, Distractions, Cell Phones, etc.
  • Knowing Your Vehicle: Chassis, Engine, Transmission, Steering, Brakes, Cruise Control [Ch 15, 16, 5C]
  • Knowing Your Vehicle: Exterior Lights, Instrument Panel and Indicators
  • Occupant Restraints (Seatbelts, etc.) Video “Lookin’ Alive”
  • Predriving Protocols: Approach, Adjustments, Blind Zone, Blind Spots, the Cockpit Drill [Ch 6]
  • Videos “Predriving Protocols” and snippets on adjustments
  • Traffic Control 1: Signs, Signals, Pavement Markings, with scenario diagrams [Ch 2], including Right of Way part 1.
  • Traffic Control, contd.: Video: “Traffic Control Devices” [if time]; Signals on/in cars; traffic control people
  • Types of roads (introduction):  residential, urban arteries, rural highways and roads, freeways
  • Roadway components terminology: shoulders, intersections, interchange, etc.
  • Basic Maneuvers:  Engine Start; Getting Underway/Entering Traffic; Steering; Acceleration;
  • Braking Techniques: Good Time, Threshold, Cadence, Full Lock, ABS [Ch 10 C/D]

Videos: Labatt snippets,  “Don’t Let Up” & “Driver Input Controls”

  • Reversing; Leaving traffic
  • Parking; simple roadside parking; Diagonal; Perpendicular, Parallel Parking. Video “Parking Maneuvres”
  • Turnabouts: Around Block; Parking Lot; Driveway; U-Turn, 3-point turn [Ch 12F]
  • Fuel Efficient Driving
  • Defensive Driving concepts; SIPDE system; Video “Vision and SIPDE” [Ch 8], Distance and Space
  • Video: “Right of Way” [Ch 12A, 14C] Basic Rules of the Road [Ch 3]
  • General Rules of Road; Right of Way part 2
  • Relating to other HTS users (animals, pedestrians, cyclists, emergency vehicles, etc) [Ch 1, 14D]
  • Time and Distance relationships; Stopping Times & Distances/Energy relationships [Ch 10A/B]
  • Managing Time and Space.  Videos “Your Space Cushion” and “On the Streets”
  • Laws of Physics.  Friction, Inertia, Gravity [Ch 9]
  • Urban Environment, Intersections and Intersection Turns [Ch 12B/C]
  • Videos “Turning Maneuvers”,  “Turns Left Right”
  • The rural environment.   Speed, lane changing, passing, tailgating. [Ch 12D]   Video “Driving in Traffic”
  • Freeway Driving: Characteristics, Entering, Driving, Exiting, Interchanges, Filtering [Ch 12E]
  • Videos “Expressway Driving” and “On the Freeway”
  • Adverse Road and Weather Conditions: Road itself; rain; water on the road; hydroplaning; winter preparations; winter driving [Ch 13A/C], Video “When the Pavement’s     Slick”
  • Adverse Visual Conditions: Poor Visibility, Low-light driving [Ch 13B]; Video: “ When the Sun Sets”
  • Video “Driving in Adverse Conditions”
  • Dealing with Emergency Situations and breakdowns [Ch14] , Maintenance , Videos “Emergency Situations” and “Taking Care of It”
  • Costs of Owning a Vehicle: Ownership costs, Insurance terms, types, rate factors [Ch 17]
  • Trip Planning (Vehicle, Time, Routing, Accommodations, Auto Club, Travel Medical Insurance) [Ch 18]
  • In-Car Instruction appointments
  • Survey (most months),FINAL TEST plus marking and make-up assignments as necessary.