Driving is a life skill that requires education, training, and a lot of practice. Below is an explanation of each of the quadrants of the model above.

  1. Unconscious incompetence (inexperience) A student does not understand or know how to do something and does not necessarily recognize they don’t know. It is our job to help them understand and recognize their own incompetence, and the value of the new skill, before moving on to the next stage.
  2. Conscious incompetence (Awareness) Though a student does not understand or know how to do something, they recognize there is more to learn and see the value of learning the new skill. Making mistakes is integral to the learning process at this stage, hence the value of learning in a simulation lab where a student can make mistakes and learn from them.
  3. Conscious competence (Learning) A student understands or knows how to do something. However, demonstrating the skill or knowledge requires concentration (ie: lane change, turn, maintaining lane position, recognizing hazards). It may be broken down into steps, and there is heavy conscious involvement in executing the new skill.
  4. Unconscious competence (Mastery) An individual has had so much practice with a skill that it has become “second nature” and can be performed easily.

At DrivingMBA we ask for 100 hours of practice above and beyond the instruction we provide. The reason is 100 hours is the National Standard and is really the minimum that novice drivers practice, it takes 10,000 hours to develop mastery in any skill, so 100 hours is really not a big ask. If your teenager thinks they “got this,” trust me when I tell you, “they don’t.” They may present with some basic vehicle handling skills (or they may not), but getting to a very basic level of proficiency takes time and effort.

It is DrivingMBA’s goal to have them in the Consciously Competent quadrant when they finish with us, meaning they have a LOT of work to do to get to Unconsciously Competent. That is why it is so important for parents to continue driving with, and providing coaching even after their teenager gets their license.

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Maria Wojtczak
Maria Wojtczak is Chief Operating Officer at DrivingMBA. She has extensive knowledge in teen brain development and has pioneered many techniques used to teach students at DrivingMBA. Her passion for teaching and saving teen lives has made her a leader in the driver training industry.


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