The 3 Biggest Mistakes Driver Trainers Make
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.
Adult Learning 101
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: