Young Drivers of Canada destroyed my clutch! It didn’t take long at under six months and roughly 20,000 KM. I had the misfortune of working for Young Drivers of Canada in Ottawa for almost six months. I can honestly say that working for them was the worst financial decision of my life. Months after leaving the employ of Young Drivers of Canada I’m still losing money. This Post relates merely to the fact that I have to pay out of my own pocket to repair damage caused to my personal vehicle while under the employ of Young Drivers of Canada. I will be writing an expose on Young Drivers of Canada in the future which will contain all the sorted and nefarious details, information that can’t be found anywhere online!!!
Young Drivers of Canada (Ottawa) requires that you use your own personal vehicle (car) for teaching others how to drive. In my case I was teaching Standard in my very own $45,000 car that was only a year old. It was the nicest “Young Drivers of Canada” car on the road in Ottawa. Either way, expensive or cheap the end result is the same, your car gets destroyed and you pay for it! Certain methods that Young Drivers of Canada requires you to teach as an instructor are all designed for automatic vehicles. Due to this there is extensive wear and tear on the vehicle when you’re teaching Standard. Note that Standard instructors are not paid more money to compensate for this fact.
For all those who drive Standard out there, imagine this. Over the course of six months 250+ new drivers have driven your car for 12+ hours each. They have ridden the clutch extensively, burnt the clutch, dropped the clutch, stalled the vehicle dozens of times in one lesson and then there’s the shifting. Perfecting a smooth down-shift is an art, especially when you’re doing it to accelerate. Accidental down-shifting is downright idiotic and causes massive damage to the clutch and flywheel. I had various students that would accelerate out of second gear and slam the shifter back into first and then drop the clutch like it burnt their foot. For anyone who has never experienced this…DON’T. Allow me to describe it to you: The car lurches hard enough that you’re thrown forward, tires squeal, and the engine revs high. If that wasn’t bad enough you’ve now drastically dropped speed without hitting the brakes confusing the car that is tailgating you. (Ottawa drivers love to tailgate Driver Instruction vehicles). A mistake like this at the wrong time could cost you your car if not your life. The thing that amazed me is that certain students would repeatedly make this mistake. This is after hours of instruction, explanations and taking it slow in huge empty parking lots. They already knew what they should be doing but then again these were students that never practiced
So here I am, three and a half months after leaving Young Drivers of Canada and paying out of my own pocket to fix the damage to my personal vehicle caused by their students. I will be picking up my car today after having been without it for the past week as it’s been in the dealership. The cost to replace my clutch and flywheel is $1600 and I have no one to thank for it but Young Drivers of Canada!