The program can be completed in the safety of your home and at your own pace. The system is a digital interactive program where students take the program at their own pace without following any set class schedules. Also, no Zoom calls or video conferencing technologies are used; instead, the videos we have are pre-recorded to the material covered.
We have a rolling admissions system; once a student has registered, the program starts after processing the student’s application. All the online portions of the program must be completed before any in-vehicle lessons can be booked. However, due to the consecutive mandatory lockdown measures ordered by the provincial government and the new three-step reopening plan announced on May 20, 2021, in-vehicle training is backlogged into mid-December, January, and February depending on the student’s availability.
Once you register online, please email us your availability to firstname.lastname@example.org, so we can prebook your lessons in advance while you complete your online program.
The complete driver training program at D.T.S.M.™ consists of:
|Program Sections||Program Topics|
|1.||Rules of the road.|
|4.||The vehicle and its components.|
|5.||Perception and risk management.|
|6.||Sharing the road with all road users.|
|7.||Different points of attention a driver will experience.|
|8.||Respect and responsibilities in the driving environment.|
|HomeLink Sections||HomeLink Topics||HomeLink Content|
|1.||Rules of the road.||Explaining the meaning of various traffic lights.|
|2.||Vehicle handling.||Right turns at traffic lights and left turns at a stop sign.|
|3.||Driver behaviour.||Responding to emergencies, how to avoid head-on and rear-end collisions.|
|4.||The vehicle and its components.||Communication devices, and myths and facts related to the use of seatbelts.|
|5.||Perception and risk management.||Proactive vs reactive driving actions, driving emergencies, road rage, decision-making, and collision scenario analysis.|
|6.||Sharing the road with all road users.||Sharing the road with pedestrians, passing traffic safely, cooperative driving and defensive driving, and sharing the road fundamentals.|
|7.||Different points of attention a driver will experience.||Listing inside and outside vehicle distractions, myths and facts related to impairment, strategies to avoid impaired driving, types of impairment.|
|8.||Respect and responsibilities in the driving environment.||The benefits of fuel-efficient driving and fuel-efficient driving techniques.|
Once the online portions of the program are complete, the in-vehicle training can begin.
All private in-vehicle lessons are pick-ups from home, school, or an arranged meeting place.
*Please note that the students who live outside our service area will have to make arrangements for a predetermined meeting place with the Head Office (Barrhaven).
All training programs are conducted according to the standards set by the MTO. Upon completing the D.T.S.M.™ driver education program, each student will be certified electronically with the MTO. The following will provide proof of completion that allows students to take their driving test in eight months at the MTO instead of waiting one full year.
The student can request a Driver's License History Form (DLH Form) once certified with the MTO. Please note, the MTO will charge you a fee for the DLH Form. The DLH Form will be needed to prove a student’s Beginner Drivers Education program completion for possible insurance discount purposes.