The answer is: it has everything to do with it! Our beliefs guide everything we do in life. Driving is just as much about “attitude” as it is about skills. Our experience and beliefs, impact our attitude and how we behave.
In the 10 years DrivingMBA has been in business, we have seen and experienced the cavalier attitude many folks have about driving. There are many that believe “it is no big deal” and we hear it in statements such as “oh my Grandpa taught me how to drive when I was 10 on the farm” or “oh my daughter is a “good driver” when in reality, she hasn’t been out of the neighborhood. We don’t think about the consequences of putting our children behind the wheel of a car until something happens. When a tragedy does occur, for a brief time, people become more cognizant of the dangers associated with driving.
For those of you that know us and chose us, you know we are more expensive than other driving schools, but you made the choice to come to DrivingMBA because of what we offer and how we educate your children. Yet day in and day out, we hear, “oh you are so expensive.” For many, driver training should be free or available in schools. For others, they want the cheapest, fastest way to get their kid licensed so they don’t have to drive them around anymore and they certainly don’t want to have to “pay” for driver training AND be responsible for practicing with them! These are all underlying beliefs about the preparation for driving.
I continue to ask the question – why is it that if we are Football, LaCrosse, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Cheer, Dance, Drama (the list can go on) enthusiasts, we don’t scrutinize the cost of those activities? The answer is, because “we want our kids involved.” Some parents believe it might be their child’s ticket to a college scholarship so they move heaven and earth to make sure they excel. Parents don’t do the same thing when it comes to driving and it is likely because of the beliefs they hold – “it’s not a big deal or it won’t happen to us.”
What is your belief about driving? If this topic intrigues you, Stephen Haley wrote a book called “Mind Driving.” He is a British author and the book is written from a British perspective, but at the end of the day, driving is driving, no matter where you are from. Click here to download some of his articles or to learn more about his book.