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When you are in the driver’s seat, a whole new world opens to you. For drivers of all ages, getting a driver’s licence can be a rite of passage, providing opportunities for employment, mobility and independence.
Driving involves responsibility and risk. The following are the key skills you must develop to prepare yourself for this responsibility.
Develop an attitude of safe and responsible driving every time you drive.
Be aware of what is happening around you as you drive, and always make responsible decisions about hazards and problems.
Learn and understand traffic laws and rules of the road.
Enrol in driver education programs to learn more about operating a motor vehicle safely.
It takes education, training and practice to develop this awareness, knowledge and skill. Your attitude shows in the decisions you make about being a responsible driver. Be prepared to be courteous with other road users. Always drive proactively.
Along with all the benefits that motor vehicles provide, there are also costs. Beyond the direct costs of building and maintaining our roadways, there are environmental and human costs. Recent statistics on road safety in Alberta show that in 2016 there were 133,124 collisions reported. In this year, 273 people were killed in those collisions and 12,465 were injured. Most collisions can be prevented.
The Office of Traffic Safety recommends that you obtain training and education from a licensed driving school to enhance your knowledge and skill. Driver education courses are available for the operation of passenger vehicles, commercial vehicles, and motorcycles.
If you require information about schools that provide driver education, or information about the testing process to obtain a driver’s licence:
- refer to your local directory
- visit the Driver Education web page
Or contact the Alberta Transportation Call Centre: