Webinar Series

The Mind Behind the Wheel

July 22, 2020   |   Categories: Webinar Series

Last Updated on March 18, 2021


Nanda Dhaliwal is a student at Athabasca University, currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Business Management Degree. Her related background in the transportation industry involves working alongside ocean, rail, and road freight carriers. Her motivation to bring awareness to road safety began while handling heavy haul freight shipments on Canadian roadways. The research presented contributes to the development of standardized road safety regulations throughout Canada.

Title of Abstract

The Mind Behind the Wheel


Compulsory retesting of driver’s education every 5 years, preferably at the time of license renewal. Providing programs open to the public at a fraction of the fees compared to private driving schools licensed by the government.


To address, minimize, and eliminate dangerous driving habits built up over time. Create a government regulation to only allow responsible and capable drivers on Canadian roadways. Keeping Canadian drivers well informed and current with road rules and traffic laws. Increasing awareness of overall road safety and defensive driving.

Target Group

All ages that can acquire a drivers license legally, regardless of license class.


To support the policy:
1. Government (Transport Canada) regulated program mandatory for all drivers, regardless of the licence class. Program will be provided by the registries at the time of license renewal.
2. Failed retest will be followed by a refresher course to give the individual the tools to succeed. Refresher optional including defensive driving techniques for drivers interested and willing.
3. License renewal fee increase to offset expenses for additional registry staff, longer hours of operation, and various driver’s education programs in order to accommodate the public. Equal opportunity for all to participate.

To make a collective decision:
1. Open surveys around the city for the public to voice their opinion and stance.
2. Open petition (such as change.org) to encourage and build a strong base.
3. Collect viewpoint from public counselors, therapists, psychologists, physicians, etc. whom are actively treating patients with PTSD and anxiety in regard to operating a motor vehicle or following a motor vehicle accident.


1. Providing public with in depth knowledge of current road safety.
2. Preventing accidents on Canadian roadways by giving the public important information and support to better their driving habits. Breaking the habitual road rage among drivers. Reminding public of the seriousness behind motor vehicle accidents.
3. Giving the public with medical conditions and circumstances the opportunity and tools to learn how to deal with defensive driving, getting back on the road after a break in driving, and ongoing rehabilitation without paying excessive fees through private driving schools.
4. Recommending public transport for those individuals incapable of driving. Promote the available city alternate modes of transport.