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Phone: (403) 281-8050 Address:
16 - 4620 Manilla Road SE
,Calgary, Alberta,
T2G 4B7

16-4620 Manilla Road SE, Calgary, Alberta T2G 4B7

(403) 281-8050

Office hours are 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday to Thursday and 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Friday

In-car Teaching hours ar 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM Sunday to Thursday and 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM Friday

Chinook Driving Academy is one of the first driving schools in Alberta to be approved for
our students to receive a tax credit under the  
Income Tax Folio S1-F2-C2, Tuition Tax Credit program
For more information, Click Here.
Space Cushion Driving For Beginners.


Please Note: If you plan to use our vehicle for your road test,

please call us at 403-281-8050 and we will coordinate the time with you.

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Please call us to schedule in-car lessons.

Please note: We are now scheduling in-car lessons for new students right away.

Once in-car lessons are scheduled it usually takes about 10 - 15 days to complete, depending on the student's availability and preferences


Chinook Driving Academy has been a leading class 5 driving school in Calgary for over 63 years

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

Collision Avoidance is No Accident


Offering Day, Evening, and Weekend Lessons



 SPACE CUSHION DRIVING as taught By Chinook Driving Academy,

Here are five simple rules that you can use in almost every driving situation:

Aim High in Steering
Look ahead to where you will be at least 15 seconds from now. That's about a
block to a block and a half at city speeds. On the highway, scan to the horizon.

Get the big picture
Eliminate vision barriers by establishing proper following distances. Stay far enough behind other vehicles to obtain the visibility required to make your own decisions.

Keep your eyes moving
Keep your eyes moving at least every two seconds. Check your mirrors every four to seven seconds.That is about a block to a block and a half at city speeds.

Leave your self an out
Whenever possible, surround your vehicle with space. Choose the proper lane, and adjust your speed accordingly to maintain a space cushion all around your vehicle.
If you lose part of the cushion, work to keep at least the front and one side open. Avoid tailgaters, encourage them to pass.

Make sure that they see you
Drive with your lights on, day and night. Get eye to eye contact by using the
warning devices on your vehicle, but don't take eye contact for granted. Be sure
that your warnings are heeded. ¤



Don't Get Catfished

Chinook Driving Academy is not in any way associated with someone calling themselves

Chinook Driving School, or Frank Driving School

When people sign up with a driving school, they place a lot of faith in that driving school to be reputable and exactly who they say they are. They are sending their teenagers out in the car with these people and they expect them to be honorable. To this end the government of Alberta requires all driving school owners and instructors to have criminal record checks. They also require all driving schools to be bonded. Lately, it seems that this is not enough.

There has crept into the Driving School Industry, and I am sure many other industries as well, companies, and their unscrupulous owners, who try to fool you into thinking that they are a different company than they actually are. They do this by using very similar sounding names as legitimate well-known companies. This type of behavior is especially despicable when you consider that driving schools often deal with minors. Do you really want to send your teenage daughter, or son for that matter, out in the car with someone who isn’t who you thought that they were? It is important that you know who you are dealing with.

In my opinion people and companies who do these types of things should be brought up on criminal charges. How they manage to get licenced is beyond me. If you agree with me, please contact your MLA and Alberta Transportation Safety, (The licencing body for Driving Schools and Driving Instructors and let them know how you feel.

You may also want to call the owners of these outfits and let them know how you feel about these practices

Also, if you feel like you have been conned into dealing with one of these dishonestly named companies,  Please call me, I may be able to help you get your money back, without it affecting your licence or certificate in any way.



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 Amit Mehta, (that would be me), has been in the Driver Training industry for over 9 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  my system of Teaching Driving so that each student can be assured of receiving the best, most professional training available anywhere.

The Amit Mehta system is not about teaching a different system of driving; although it is certainly a diferent system than what a lot of drivers are using. Rather, it is 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 63 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

The Traction Control in your car is designed to help keep you from skidding. It is not designed to help you get unstuck

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.


Here is free driving tip No.2

If you find that your windows are fogging up too easily in the winter, Make sure that the heater is set to outside air. If you leave it on inside air, moisture will tend to build up inside the vehicle causing the window to fog up.

The main reason for the switch allowing for recycled air is to cool the inside of the vehicle more quickly when you first turn on your air conditioning.