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Phone: (403) 281-8050 Address: 205, 11625 Elbow Drive SW,Calgary, Alberta, T2W 1G8


205, 11625 Elbow Drive SW, Calgary, AB. T2W 1G8 (Map) ( Transit )

 (403) 281-8050

Space Cushion Driving For Beginners.

Chinook Driving Academy has been a leading class 5 driving school in Calgary for over 57 years

Specializing in teaching Class 5 Driver's Education - The Right Way

Collision Avoidance is No Accident



Offering Day, Evening, and Weekend Lessons

*Online Classroom Now Available.

How do You Choose a Driving School? Price? History?  Location? Advertising? Web Site? Referrals?


At Chinook Driving Academy we strive offer the highest possible quality of Driver Education and the greatest possible quantity of Driver Education at the lowest possible price. The one thing we will not compromise on is quality.


Chinook Driving Academy has been serving Calgary and area for over 53 years


Chinook Driving Academy is conveniently located in the Canyon Meadows Shopping Center. We are easily accessible via Calgary Transit. See the above map. When it comes to in car lessons we will pick students up and drop them off at School, Work, or Home.


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Web Site?

As you can probably tell, I did my own web site. It cost me practically nothing so I wont have to pass those costs on to my customers.


In a blind survey where the students were not required to give us their name, over 90% of our students said that they would recommend us to their friends and Family. Please check out these testimonials.



About Chinook Driving Academy
Chinook Driving Academy is Calgary's oldest and most professional driving school and is owned and Operated by Glen and Patricia Waddell. Glen Waddell, (that would be me), has been in the Driver Training industry for over forty years and has spent most of that time in the car teaching new drivers. I am also personally involved in teaching and monitoring driving instructors. All of our driving instructors are personally taught The Glen Waddell system of Teaching Driving so that each student can be assured of receiving the best, most professional training available anywhere.

The Glen Waddell System of Teaching Driving is not about teaching a different system of driving, but about teaching driving in a different way. We use a number of practices that have been proven over time to assist the student in learning to drive quicker, easier and in a more relaxed and natural way. In most cases the student who has had no previous experience with driver training wont really see the difference. They will just know that they are learning to drive, and enjoying doing it.

Chinook Driving Academy is also approved and licensed by the Alberta government as a driving instructor training facility for class 5 driving instructors.

Chinook Driving academy has been serving Calgary for over 53 years and specializes in teaching new drivers. Teaching new drivers is our primary business and we know how to do it right.

Some of the many principles which form the basis of Chinook Driving Academy’s 'Space Cushion Driving' system are: Superior skill and control, a thorough knowledge of rules and regulations, Proper visual habits, Maintaining an adequate space cushion, and Evasive Driving Maneuvers

Superior skill and control
In order to have superior vehicle control, it is simply not enough to know proper steering techniques, you must also understand the techniques which will enable you to use the brake, clutch (if applicable), and the accelerator correctly. In addition to this, you must be in position, and ready, should an emergency situation arise. When vehicle control is practiced correctly, it becomes easy and natural.

Rules and Regulations
It has been estimated that it takes the average beginner about 2 years of driving before they are totally competent in every driving situation. Due to this fact, a thorough knowledge of the rules and regulations is essential.

Proper Visual Habits
Learn to expect the unexpected! Studies show that most collisions can be avoided by the 'victim' of the collision, as well as the person who is 'at fault'. Learn the visual habits which will make it possible for you to see it so that you can avoid it. This also involves having a clear understanding of the mistakes other drivers are likely to make; everyone who drives will make some mistakes! Collision statistics show the same types of collisions happening over and over again. The good news here is that by learning about them, you can learn to anticipate them, and thus, learn to avoid them.

Maintaining a Space Cushion
Whenever you drive, you carry a 'safety cushion' of space with you. The moment someone begins to invade this space cushion, you have to reestablish it by adjusting your speed and/or position; this also means that you ensure that you are not invading someone else's space cushion.

Evasive Driving Maneuvers
In a potential collision situation; you have little time to think. You have to react immediately. You have to know: what to do and how to do it. This involves:

· Recognizing the hazard

· Understanding the defense

· Acting in time

People who have been involved in collisions often tell the authorities, "If only they had not wasted valuable moments deciding what to do, they could have avoided the collision. The 'Evasive Driving' section of our program is designed to make knowing what to do as automatic as possible.

Other Topics Covered
Some of the many other topics covered in our comprehensive Space Cushion Driving Program are:
Defensive driving habits, Selective ground search techniques, Seat belts and air bags, Highway and freeway driving, Parallel parking, Hill, angle, and diagonal parking, Avoiding alcohol/driving situations, Winter driving, Skid control, hydroplaning, Blizzards, Towing and Backing with a trailer, Map reading, Safe lane change techniques, Pedestrian safety, Buying & selling a vehicle, Insurance: How to minimize costs, Anti-Lock brakes vs. regular brakes, Vehicle knowledge and maintenance, And much, much more!

The Chinook Driving Academy’s 'Space Cushion Driving Program' is designed to save much more than insurance, it is designed to save lives!   


Here is a free driving tip

Most drivers don't know this yet. If you get stuck in the snow in a car that has traction control, turn the traction control off while trying to get unstuck. It really helps.

Once you are unstuck, remember to turn it back on.