PTP Training Methodology
Over the course of his 30-year career as a teacher in the Toronto school system, Canadian Pro Drivers founder John Le Feuvre recognized that people learn differently, according to specific variables in their individual personalities.
After studying the findings of noted psychologists like David Keirsey, Katherine Briggs and Isabel Briggs-Myers, he discovered that we all fit into one of four broad categories of personality that, in turn, shape the way we learn. John realized he’d hit on something profound: Gear the training to the person being trained.
PTP is a highly successful, proprietary approach to driver training that combines three main elements:
What does that mean?
It means we believe driver training begins with an understanding of human behavior and learning that is specific to the individual. Using the findings of clinical psychologists and the Myers-Briggs (MBTI) method, John has developed a set of comprehensive guidelines to driver training that incorporates complex assessments of driving personality with the tenets of learning theory. These guidelines form the method we call PTP.
Energetic and interactive, PTP is a simple and effective way to discover a driver’s strengths, as well as understanding what motivates their driving behavior. Knowledge, experience and a hands-on approach allow us to assess, correct, and embed good driving habits that reduce risk for both the individual and their employer.
Our extensive knowledge of the Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator (MBTI) has enabled us to develop a simplified, short-form version for assessing the drivers in each course. We do this by:
- Conducting a Myers-Briggs Assessment
- Initiating an analysis of the employer and its drivers, specific to workplace and job
- Identifying a training type or learning style
Fun and engaging, our method encourages each driver to become aware of how other drivers interpret shared or similar driving situations according to their individual risk assessment.
Building on the results of the psychological assessment, we move the driver into a personalized learning platform. Guided by us, the driver is now in control of how he or she learns. We do this by:
- Training with interactive, participatory and activity-based programs
- Focusing on the importance of team building
- Initiating challenging situational learning
- Instilling practical, solution-based learning
Beginning with a study of multiple driving situations, we teach the driver to “think and drive”, anticipating that other drivers’ reactions will differ from their own, to effectively avoid distractions and reduce risk.
We combine an interactive presentation with group exploration methodology to illustrate how each driver in the group perceives various traffic situations, concepts and laws.
Now we get “hands-on.” Once the driver has completed the psychological and theoretical levels of the course, we move toward reality-based training in real road situations – specific skill training like safer reversing, vehicle-specific maneuvers or skid prevention. The practical component is comprised of:
- Vehicle-specific instruction
- Collision-specific solutions
- Driving situation-specific instruction
We employ a “group training” method to ensure high levels of engagement as well as greater learning outcomes in a shorter period of time, an approach that allows us to keep costs low while delivering better results.
Helping each driver understand why they drive the way they do provides the foundation for CPD’s highly-successful driver training program. After all, when a driver understands what motivates his driving behavior, it’s easier to teach him how to change it. Tailor the teaching to the learner and you ensure greater retention of better driving habits.
After the initial assessment of a driver’s ability to understand, analyze, conceptualize, interact and learn, we can establish what kind of learner we are teaching. We recognize that if not acknowledged, the differences in learning ability can quickly become barriers to interpersonal communication, which can lead to misunderstandings or worse, “road rage”. We use these findings to determine a more relevant course of training as well as to set better metrics.
Our drivers are often surprised at how accurately they define their own driving behavior. The CPD training helps them to recognize that not every driver on the road is thinking exactly like they are, and that more often than not, other drivers will interpret the same situations or laws differently. We know that creating this type of awareness is the key to changing driving behavior.
At this stage in the program, with “driving personality” established, we can build a physical training methodology that instantly connects with the driver, reinforcing their earlier learning while ensuring greater retention and better results for your company.
Our curriculum may be rooted in science and psychology, but we still like to have fun. We know that if learning is enjoyable, you’re more likely to get something out of it. That’s why we believe in the process of “edutrainment.” By incorporating “fun” elements into the course – like the “rodeo” in our backing program – we offer the most broadly appealing and universal context for communication. As more and more of our drivers leave feeling energized and wanting more, word has quickly spread that our knowledgeable training approach provides a great learning experience. When people are entertained and relaxed, their resistance to new ideas diminishes, allowing them to be fully engaged, and become aware of their needs as well as the needs of others. Now that’s EduTrainMent!