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2015
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Pre-Learner's program prepares kids to hit the open road

Being a parent is a tough job. Between the cooking and cleaning and shuttling kids to ballet or hockey, it’s amazing there’s any time left in the day. With that in mind, AMA developed the Pre-Learner’s Driver Education Program for children ages five and up. This program is designed to give kids a head start behind the wheel, so parents can cross shuttle-bus driving off their to-do list.

AMA has been an advocate for traffic safety since our inception. Our Driver Education instructors have been training Alberta drivers (at least the good ones) for 77 years. With more than 800,000 graduates, generations of Albertans have turned to AMA to get the skills drive safely. 

"Kids grow up fast these days. Research shows that good driving starts in the womb, feeling the rhythms of the road," says AMA Driver Education Manager Rick Lang. "Even if you aren't born a great driver, education can make the difference but only if we get them young. By junior high it's all downhill - they just don't listen anymore.

"Kids grow up fast these days. Research shows that good driving starts in the womb, feeling the rhythms of the road," says AMA Driver Education Manager Rick Lang. "Even if you aren't born a great driver, education can make the difference but only if we get them young. By junior high it's all downhill - they just don't listen anymore."
Rick Lang, AMA Driver Education

Having recently created Alberta's first and only online driver education program, AMA sees this as the logical next step in driver training, And as kids evolve quickly, fuelled by a continuous diet of 'froot snaks' and iPad games, AMA's Roadside Assistance operators have been noticing a lot more kids behind the wheel.

“Kids hack into banks. That Doogie Howser kid became a doctor in grade seven and now he hosts the Emmys. It was a seven year old German wunderkind who invented this UBER ride-sharing thing," says Lang, trying not to giggle. "Just as you need to get them into a decent kindergarten before the baby shower, we need to get young children behind the wheel early and often to prepare them for a life of driving around Costco lots looking for a damn parking spot."

AMA Driver Education has taught 880,000 Albertans how to drive over our 77 year history. From a free app that preps teens for their learner's licence exam to coaching sessions for parents, we're always looking ahead to keep our families safe on the road. We've even created the first online Driver Education program in Canada, helping students facing geographic or mobility barriers get ready for their in-car training. Learn more at AMADriverEducation.ca.