Workplace Wednesday: Driving guides

Workplace Wednesday: Driving guides

Workplace Wednesday: Driving guides

Date posted: May 7, 2014

Obtaining a driver’s licence has been identified as a barrier to employment for low literacy learners. Several resources are available for teaching and learning driving skills. While the specifics for each province may vary, the basic skills required are the same.

Best driver program. 2nd ed. (Book + DVD)
Kelley Inden, editor: Lisa Nordin. Fort St. James, BC: College of New Caledonia, 2010.
This classroom tested, made-in-BC resource is a plain language drivers’ training program. The teacher’s guide (including student material) is accompanied by a DVD and the ICBC ‘Learn to drive smart’ booklet.

Clear language driver’s guide: cars and light trucks. (Online)

Calgary, AB: Literacy Alberta, 2013.
This clear language guide is designed for literacy learners who want to get their licence. A toolkit for practitioners is available separately )

Learn to drive: a driver education resource. (workbook, test booklet + CD)
Swift Current, SK: Cypress Hills Regional College, 2006.
Written in clear language with many graphics, this resource was designed to be easy to understand, interactive and multi-sensory. Some of the information is specific to Saskatchewan.

To borrow any of the print and audiovisual resources, email

And, here are a couple of online practice tests for the written part of the BC Learners license application:
ICBC Online Practice Knowledge Test
Richmond Public Library BC Practice Driving Test

Driving safely is an important part of occupational safety. Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of workplace death. To learn more about what employers and employees can do to promote safe driving at work, including British Columbia’s Preferred Practices for Occupational Road Safety, visit the Road Safety at Work website.

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