My mom wasn’t the best driving instructor – she tried, but she’s more of a “do-er” than a “show-er.” After a couple failed attempts at taking me out, we both decided it was in our best interest that I find a driving instructor.
I was excited to get some advice from a professional – someone who took teaching driving seriously and knew what they were doing. I really liked that Ingrid is patient, and she didn’t mind repeating herself or re-wording what she had said because she genuinely wanted me to understand. She would say “the only dumb question is the question [I] didn’t ask!”
Each lesson Ingrid would discuss with me what I would be learning. That put me at ease, knowing that I wouldn’t be blind-sided by learning a skill that I wasn’t mentally prepared for. Her amazing methods made even the most daunting lesson, like the dreaded parallel parking, a piece of cake. She was fabulous at talking me through the exercises; I found myself thinking “Who knew this could be so simple!”. When I’m downtown I don’t have to search for parkades because I am confident enough that the idea of parking on the street doesn’t scare me anymore (something many of my friends are jealous about!)
When it came to taking my road test, Ingrid informed me that I could use her car, which was awesome! Since I had spent so much time practicing in that car, it felt like a calm environment to take my test in. She met me at the Motor Vehicle Branch for a brush-up lesson and then sent me off for my test with the examiner.
I’m really glad that I had that experience learning to drive with Ingrid in Victoria, I come from Shawnigan Lake where there isn’t much traffic. I’ve had my license for almost two years now, and I often drive my car in Victoria and Vancouver. My friends ask me to drive in those places, because I’m so much more attentive, as I know what to look for and how the roads work in those situations. Thank you, Ingrid, for giving me the confidence to drive anywhere, anytime!