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Spencer McDonald (Founder of Thinking Driver)

A respected authority on driver behaviour, psychology and training, Mr. McDonald is the founder of Thinking Driver.

Spencer is available for conferences, safety seminars and training sessions, executive sessions and keynote addresses.

With a background in education, counseling psychology and motivation, Spencer has spent years in the road safety field. Since 1984, he has trained thousands of drivers, motorcycle riders and driving instructors including police, firefighters and emergency vehicle operators.

A specialist in program design, he has developed and delivered training for BC Hydro, Canada Customs and Revenue Agency, London Drugs, Weldwood, Alberta Pacific Forest Products, The Province of British Columbia, The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, The Alaska Police Standards Council, NANA Training Systems, ATCO Electric and many others.

He was retained in 1998 through 2001 by the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia for the development of on-road license tests and for the implementation of Graduated Licensing in the province. During this time he designed training for all BC driving examiners in that jurisdiction to AAMVA standards.

Qualifications and Accreditations

  • Counseling Certification from University College of the Fraser Valley (1991)
  • Driving Instructor (all classes)
  • Instructor Trainer (all classes)
  • Driving Examiner
  • Driving Examiner Trainer
  • Supervising Chief Instructor for Defensive Driving
  • Motorcycle Instructor and Examiner
  • Airbrakes Instructor Trainer
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations Trainer
  • Natural Resources Canada Master Trainer certified

Spencer is a dynamic and engaging speaker and has appeared on national television and radio and has delivered addresses at numerous conferences and symposiums throughout Canada including:

  • Western Conference on Safety, Vancouver 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011
  • Western Transportation Expo, Penticton 2009 
  • Saskatchewan Injury Prevention Symposium Regina 2003
  • Saskatchewan Industrial Safety Seminar Saskatoon 2003, 2010
  • Canadian Association of Road Safety Professionals CMRSC XIII 2003
  • Alberta Health and Safety Conference and Trade Fair Edmonton and Calgary 2004, 2005, 2009
  • BC Municipal Occupational Health & Safety Conference, Whistler 2009
  • Professional Development Days (various school districts and boards), 2009, 2010
  • National Association of Pupil Transportation, Louisville, KY 2009
  • Student Transportation News Expo, Reno, NV 2010
  • Metro Vancouver, Vancouver, BC 2010
  • The Vicki Gabereau Show 2003 

Speaking references available.

Daniel Boyer (Retired Corporal RCMP)


Chief Instructor Dan Boyer has been with Thinking Driver since 2002. Retired from the RCMP with over 25 years of service, Dan spent the majority of his career in the Traffic Services field (Municipal Traffic, Highway and Freeway Patrol) as well as being one of the lead Police Driving Unit Instructors at the main training academy in Regina for 6 years. Prior to his retirement, Dan was the Training NCO for the Lower Mainland District Traffic Services, looking after the training needs of over 120 members.

Dan is a licensed Class one commercial vehicle driver with extensive commercial vehicle driving experience throughout the western provinces. While in the RCMP, Dan was a certified Level 1 CVSA (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance) inspector as well as an air brake inspector and instructor. Dan was responsible for the design and maintenance of the RCMP’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement training course and the radar and laser courses for the RCMP. During his career he was heavily involved with the trucking industry and their safety departments.

Since his retirement, Dan continues to be heavily involved in the trucking industry and enjoys designing and delivering various driving centered courses including fleet safety, load securement and logbook audits. His knowledge and experience make his a valuable asset in the design and delivery of our programs.

Dan is fluently bilingual and can deliver courses and material in French and English. Dan has been the guest speaker for several school districts and safety organizations such as the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers, The Saskatchewan Safety Council, City of Saskatoon, and countless trucking agencies and companies. Dan was also featured on the CBC Market Place and CBC Yellowknife News.

Qualifications, Licenses and Certifications

  • Basic Police Defensive Driving Instructor
  • Advance Driving Instructor
  • Skid Car Instructor
  • Thinking Driver Instructor
  • Driver Evaluator/Assessment Officer
  • Emergency Vehicle Operator Instructor
  • Level 1 CVSA Inspector
  • Air Brake Instructor
  • Transport of Dangerous Goods Instructor
  • Load Securement Instructor
  • Licensed Class 1 Driver with experience on all types of trucks
  • Washington State Certified Pilot/Escort Vehicle Operator Instructor
  • COR Certified through the Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association
  • WHMIS Trainer
  • Certified Power Mobile Equipment Evaluator

Michael M. Glas (Retired Staff Sergeant RCMP)


Chief Instructor Mike Glas joined Thinking Driver in January 2005, after 35 years’ service with the RCMP and subsequent 2 years at the Justice Institute of BC. At the RCMP he instructed numerous training courses throughout his police career including Radar, Accident Investigation, Air Brakes, Transportation of Dangerous Goods, and Basic through Advanced Driver Training. With 22 years of traffic law enforcement on various Highway Patrols and a solid background in HR and management, Mike brings a wealth of experience to classroom and in-vehicle training programs. Based at our head office in Surrey BC, Mike delivers Thinking Driver courses to our corporate clientele throughout Western Canada.

Mike has spoken at multiple client events and has been interviewed on numerous occasions by various news agencies (including CBC, Global) on the topic of driver safety.

Qualifications, Licenses and Certifications

  • Police Driving Instructor
  • BC Sheriffs Service Driving Instructor
  • Taxi Driver Instructor
  • Thinking Driver Course Instructor
  • Four Wheel Drive Instructor
  • Safe Winching Instructor
  • Winter Driving Instructor
  • Safe Backing Instructor
  • Hazard Avoidance Instructor
  • Driver Evaluator
  • Thinking Driver Instructor Trainer

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  • The Thinking Driver Newsletter - Volume 1, Issue 55 May 2018
    The Thinking Driver Newsletter - Volume 1, Issue 55  May 2018

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    These Essential Spring Cleaning Tips Will Have Your Car Summer Ready!

    May2018 1

    If you're reading this site, there's a pretty good chance you care about your car.  Thanks to Canada's horrid unique climate mix that freezes our cars in the winter and bakes them in the summer, our vehicles tend to suffer a host of hazards that'd terrify even the most professional detailer.

    Over the winter, your car's exterior was assaulted by, well, salt while the interior was bombarded with slush and ice.  That's not to mention the wear and tear caused by Dad's habit of spilling his double-double all over the dashboard on the way home from junior's hockey practice.

    With the calendar now in [May], it's a great time to evacuate all of winter's debris.  The best way to combat permanent damage is through regular cleaning and detailing, of course.  If schedules were jam-packed during the snowy months and one didn't have a chance to hoover out winter's flotsam and jetsam, don't worry.  We've got you covered with a checklist that'll get your ride shining in no time.

    Wash the Car (properly)

    May2018 2

    Take care of the essentials first by giving your car a good wash to rid it of the winter grime.  Head to your favourite automotive department and pick up a couple of wash mitts, soft material towels, proper car wash soap (dish liquid will harm a car's paint), and a few drying cloths.

    When washing, make certain to use the two-bucket methods.  What's that, you ask?  Well, one bucket contains the soap and water mixture while the other is used solely for rinsing the wash mitt.  This way, there is little chance of picking up stray dirt on the wash mitt as might happen if the same bucket is used to both apply the soapy water and rinse the mitt after washing a body panel.

    For an extra dose of paint protection, invest in a plastic guard which fits into the bucket, allowing the dirt thrust into the bucket during a rinse to sink to the bottom and stay there, out of reach.  A good quality microfibre wash mitt is key to avoid damaging the paint on a car.

    Invest In Quality Automotive Specific Products

    May2018 3

    Cleaning tools such as wash mitts, sponges, and towels should be made of soft materials that will not scratch the paint or other surfaces.  When using them, be absolutely certain all these products are free of dirt and grit.  Did you drop that new sponge on the driveway while practicing the two-bucket method?  Wash it thoroughly before using it again.

    The products being used for cleaning a vehicle should be specifically designed for automobiles.  Household cleaners like dish soap do a great job of cutting grease in the kitchen but often contain ingredients that can damage the delicate paint finish on vehicles.  Instead of hitting up the supermarket for car cleaning supplies, head to an automotive retailer who will have the proper soaps, washes, and waxes on the shelf.  Your initial investment might be a bit higher but it will pay off in the long run.

    Don't Forget the Interior

    May2018 4Can you see your reflection in the car's paint yet?  Good, because now it's time to turn your attention to the car's interior.  Vacuuming and glass cleaning might sound like blindingly obvious tasks but they will keep winter's damage at bay, even if your car hasn't seen a vacuum since Halloween.  Be sure to use a good quality wet/dry vacuum to hoover all the dirt and debris out of the carpets and seating surfaces.

    Picking up a can of cleaner especially formulated for your car's cloth or leather seats will go a long way to rejuvenating a winter-worn interior.  Pro tip: be sure to test any interior cleaners in an inconspicuous area before applying it liberally to make sure the product doesn't strip the fabric of its colour.

    Use a soft cloth and appropriate cleaner (water works well in a pinch) to wipe grime from the dashboard.  Don't throw out those old toothbrushes - they're perfect for digging crumbs out of the cup holders and cubbies.  Protect your ride going forward with a good set of rubber mats that will trap dirt and snowy slush before it even has a chance to reach the carpet.

    Doing a thorough job of cleaning one's vehicle is time consuming but the rewards are great.  Whether a person is a gearhead or not, spring cleaning a car will exorcise winter's grit and maybe even boost its resale value a bit at trade-in time.  For us misty-eyed gearheads, it's the equivalent of treating a loved one to a day at the spa.

    20150211 C4728 PHOTO EN 11995Written By: Matthew Guy,

    Posted on April 23, 2018



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