Young Drivers Contest

Win50 Driving School Contest

Want to get behind the wheel or know someone who is ready to learn to drive?  Young Drivers of Canada wants to help you drive safely. One lucky person will win a $50 Young Drivers of Canada gift certificate.

This $50 Young Drivers of Canada certificate is transferable and good for any Young Drivers Centre across the country.

Follow these Easy Steps to Enter to Win Your $50 Young Drivers of Canada Gift Certificate:

  • Read about What Young Drivers of Canada Can Offer You to help get you driving safely and collision free.
  • Mandatory Entry: Post your answer in the comments section of this post to the following question  – “What part of the Young Drivers program is most important to you and why?”
  • Optional Entries: 1 comment per each optional entry is allowed.  For all of the following * items you do, please leave a comment below on this post so it can be verified.

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* Tweet this giveaway and leave a link to your tweet in the comment section below.  Here is an example tweet:  Enter to win a $50 @YoungDrivers gift certificate. Contest ends September 23

  • Contest Closes Monday, September 23, 2013 at 11:59 EST.
  • Come back to this blog post Tuesday, September 24th for the Winner Announcement.  Winner will be randomly selected. Good luck!

CONGRATULATIONS TO WINNER Nathan VanDyk.  You will receive an email shortly with your gift certificate attached.


September 9, 2013 · 5:57 pm

Back to School Road Safety

Parents everywhere are gearing up for back to school.  This video is a great reminder for drivers on what to look out for in school zones and what speeds should really be driven.

Reducing speed in school zones has been proven to help prevent crashes and reduce the severity of pedestrian injuries.  Kids are excited with the hustle and bustle of back to school and may run out onto the road.  Drivers need to be prepared and scan under parked cars for the feet of children who could potentially dart out into traffic.

Remember that children are particularly vulnerable to pedestrian injuries.  According to Transport Canada, 29% of  child pedestrians younger than 14 years of age were killed crossing at intersections with no traffic control.  The decisions that need to happen to proceed safely can exceed their cognitive, physical, sensory and auditory development.

School is in so make sure to drive safely on the road ahead this back to school season!

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August 26, 2013 · 6:41 pm

How to Avoid A Head On Crash

In 1.3 seconds, a car from oncoming traffic could veer into your lane. In a split second, you need to make the right decision that will help you drive to survive. Driving school Young Drivers of Canada includes driving lessons that teach drivers how to avoid a head on collision and other life saving emergency maneuvers.

Read a first hand account about a true head on collision tragedy that was avoided and the defensive driving steps used that kept this woman safe.

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August 20, 2013 · 7:23 pm

Why Drivers Fail the Road Test

Road tests are in place to check a driver`s driving skills in the vehicle and in traffic. You will be tested on your ability to follow the rules of the road and safe driving practices.


Top reasons people fail their driving test in Canada are: 

Breaking the Law – If you violate any driving law, you can be disqualified.  The two most common offences are speeding and failure to stop at a stop sign.  When it comes to speeding, a driving examiner is fully within their right to disqualify you if you are over the speed limit so keep an eye on the speedometer.  Failure to stop at a stop sign is also a common mistake.  Learn to come to a full and complete stop at a stop sign.  Make sure to check that it is safe to proceed before doing so.

Lack of Confidence – Excessive hesitation while driving on the road and constantly second guessing yourself is an issue.  If this is a repeating pattern during the examination, it can springboard into other mistakes such as failure to recognize right of way yourself.  If you start asking the driver examiner how to do things, like “Do I have to signal?”, this is a dead giveaway.  One thing is nerves, but your performance needs to showcase advanced knowledge and driving skills.  Passing a road test is important to many drivers but don`t forget so is driving safely and defensively.

Too many errors – If you make wide turns, use jerky steering or heavy braking, fail to take your right of way or even drive too slow.

Dangerous action – You could fail a road test if you force another road user to take a defensive action to avoid a collision.  What does this mean? If you pull out when you don`t have enough room or time, or cut off a driver when you try to do a lane change or even make a left turn and force a car into oncoming traffic to take an evasive action, these would be considered dangerous actions.  Avoid them.

Crash – Instant fail.  Keep in mind that you can be failed for a collision you didn`t have but the examiner stopped from happening.  If the examiner had to physically, verbally or even reach over to grab the steering wheel to avoid a collision, this could lead to a driving test fail.

Your performance during your driving test will tell you whether you need more training or practice.  To help you prepare for your driving test and to learn about the Collisionfree! Approach to Driving contact our well-known driving school, Young Drivers of Canada.


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Is it an accident or a collision?

**Statistics show that more than 90% of collisions are caused by driver error. Young Drivers teaches our students how to watch out for other drivers errors – mistakes that often result in collisions that could have been prevented. Thank you Scott Marshall for this great post. If we stop using the word accident when it comes to collisions, maybe it will help make our roads safer.**

The Safe Driver

DSC00131We’ve grown up hearing how at times words can be hurtful. I’m sure we’ve all said things that we may regret later in life. We’ve also said things that essentially mean very little. I think it’s all about how you take what’s been said. To some people, words mean very little. They’re just words. To other people, they have a meaning; a belief.

In the media we often hear about MVA’s; motor vehicle accidents. Whether it’s a single vehicle only or multiple vehicles involved. The word that is constantly miss-used is ‘accident’. It’s not an accident that a single vehicle crashed into a tree or did a roll over. It was a crash or a collision. The driver made a poor decision. When two or more vehicles crashed it was no accident, it was also a crash or a collision. What’s the difference? Lots.

It’s part of a belief really…

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Conversation on Backover Issue in Canada

This is a great video.  There is no clearer explanation of why drivers should back into their driveway.  Backovers are a tragic problem where children are injured or worse in their own driveways.

Please watch and share this information on how a change in habits can help make our roads and families safer.

To find out more, read this insightful Globe and Mail article entitled “Backover” Accidents a Hidden Problem in Canada

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August 2, 2013 · 8:06 pm

Strong Team Drives Newfoundland Driving School

Looking for driving lessons in Newfoundland and Labrador?  Need help to pass your road test?  Ready to prepare for the road ahead? For over 40 years, driving school Young Drivers of Canada has been committed to helping every student become a competent, responsible and collisionfree driver.

Young Drivers Regional Trainer Karl

Young Drivers Regional Trainer Karl

It’s really the strength of their team that has helped Young Drivers become such a driving force in Newfoundland and Labrador.  They have driving schools in St. John’s, Mount Pearl, Conception Bay North, Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor.

A life of a driving Instructor is like nothing else.  The Young Drivers Instructors in Newfoundland and Labrador wanted to share with their community and beyond what it is really like for them to help people learn the life skill of driving.  If they had to sum up being a Driving Instructor in one word, this is what the experienced team had to say:

Frank, St. John’sFulfilling – I’ve had the opportunity to teach grandparents, parents and kids from the same family!  I’ve been around a while — teaching is something I love to do!

Dominic, Mount PearlHappiness/Accomplishment – Happy for my student when they pass their road test, and always feel they accomplished  a goal in their life…usually getting your licence is more or less a rite of passage.

Peter H., St. John’s Rewarding – especially when students pass their road test, but even before that as their confidence and ability begins to grow.

Karl, St. John’sEffective – I know using the YD system will guarantee my students success in their driving careers.

Young Drivers Instructor Gerry

Young Drivers Instructor Gerry

Gerry, Conception Bay NorthSatisfaction-         It’s very satisfying to see how the confidence of  students increases as their driving skills improve.

Peter M., St. John’sUnique – Just like some of   the students who are unique, the instructor position offers the instructor an opportunity to instruct and a real chance to help.

Colin, Conception Bay SouthChallenge – Every student and every lesson is different — I’m up for the challenge!

Terry, Conception Bay NorthSatisfaction – Having the opportunity to instruct others and giving them the knowledge they require to be collisionfree is complete inner satisfaction to me, personally!!

Phil, ParadiseRewarding – I love seeing a student’s improvement from lesson to lesson

Brian, Grand Falls-WindsorCreative – Constantly exploring new approaches to instruction to meet the individual needs of students.

Richard, St. John’sCoach – It’s great to see students achieve something so great!

Young Drivers student prepared for emergency maneuvers

Young Drivers student prepared for emergency maneuvers

Peter A., GanderThoroughHelping students be confident and relaxed gives me a real sense of satisfaction.

Trevor, Conception Bay SouthRewarding – I’ve been rewarded with a career that seems to be designed for me, a ‘drive-aholic’. I am rewarded with students who become amazing long term friends, two amazing bosses and co-workers who I love dearly.  The most difficult students turn into the biggest reward when they get it because you know that without you they would be on the bus stop.

To find out more about meeting this team and learning to drive in Newfoundland and Labrador, visit the Young Drivers of Canada website:


Regional Office: 984 Topsail Road, 2nd floor, Mount Pearl, NL  A1N 3K2  709.737.1695  800.563.1695

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