The left reverse

left reverseThe left reverse is probably the most tricky of all the manoeuvres – in fact most of us find it’s a bit of an art form! However, there is science to it and it can be broken down into five basic stages  with the advantage that it’s then much easier to understand and learn.

In it’s simplest form, it can be thought of as: a straight reverse towards the corner; a few left turns of the wheel; and then another straight reverse.

Basic Manoeuvre

What follows though, is a more detailed explanation (pictures coming soon)

1. Stop about two car lengths away from the corner you are about to reverse left into. (This is standard procedure on the driving test).

2. When ready, move off safely, passing the corner and stopping about two cars lengths passed the corner.

HANDY TIP:  It is best to position the car a little further out from the kerb than normal as you are going to be reversing and want to make it easy for yourself! The front passenger door handle just off the kerb as viewed in the left mirror is a good positioning reference point

HANDY TIP: as you pass the corner try and gauge its shape and any potential obstacles around the corner. Keep your eye on the road ahead though!

3. Prepare the car for a straight reverse: With the handbrake on, select reverse gear and find the biting point. Check all round – including the blind spot – to check its safe before slowly moving off. Then, slowly reverse in a straight line towards the corner until the point at which you can no longer see the kerb out of the rear window. You are nearly there!

4. Continue to reverse for a few feet more until the kerb starts to move away as seen in the left mirror. This is the stage at which you introduce small amounts of left lock to follow the kerb. I’ll explain this in greater detail in the section on accuracy.

5. Then, as we follow the kerb there comes a point where it it’s time to straighten up – which again we will explain in greater detail in the section on accuracy. However, basically you can tell looking out the rear by the position of your rear windscreen wiper in relation to the centre of the road.   

6. Continue to reverse in a straight like at least two car lengths or, if there are hazard lines in the middle of the road, three hazard lines. Finish by making the car safe.

HANDY TIP: when you have completed the manoeuvre and are asked to move off do safely! Don’t rush!

HANDY TIP: be aware that roads are often wider at their end for some reason!

Three basic skills:

1. CONTROL: 

To execute this manoeuvre the car has to be kept at a slow but steady speed (less than 5mph) I call it granny walking speed! This requires good clutch control and is exactly the same control used in edging the car slowly forward towards a junction, so practicing a straight reverse first is a pre-requisite.

2. OBSERVATION:

This is key to this manoeuvre: as traffic can come from up to three directions as you reverse:- (a) from ahead; (b) from behind and (c) from the road you are reversing into.

Additionally, you have to be  careful to watch out for pedestrians and cyclists!

Let’s deal with each of the three scenarios

a) From ahead:

As you reverse towards the corner vehicles may come towards you from in front on the other side of the road. If the road is wide you may decide the risk is low and carry on. If you stop then you may wish to indicate.

b) From behind: 

as you reverse towards the corner vehicles may come towards you on your side of the road. You must stop as it is their right of way. You may wish to indicate left as with the reverse lights that will make it clear your intentions.

c) From behind when entering the corner: 

if you are in the process of turning into the corner and a vehicle comes from behind then you must give way, stop and probably pull forward back around the corner.

Additionally, if a vehicle turns into the road at the same time as you then you may wish to lower the risk by stopping.

Observation can be greatly improved in this manoeuvre with a method: with my pupils I use what I call the 360 degree method to ensure that ‘all around ‘ observation is maintained at all times while carrying out the manoeuvre:

  1. Look in the left mirror (this is the point you decide how much left turn)
  2. Look ahead.
  3. Look in right blind spot,
  4. Look behind and over left shoulder,
  5. Look behind and out of rear passenger window
  6. Back to start…..

HANDY TIP: try and judge where the kerb is using the rear passenger window. This is much easier for the taller of us. The benefit is that, because you can’t see the kerb you don’t tend to get too close to it!

HANDY TIP: Never reverse only using the centre mirror!

3. ACCURACY:

Now we come to the bit that most people find the most difficult. How do you follow that kerb without hitting it and either failing the test or damaging a tyre?

The basic method is:

As you check the left mirror as part of the 360 sequence and the kerb is moving away from you then add a small 1/4 of a left turn (from 12 o’clock to 9 c’clock. Note, unless its a really tight one, most corners will need only 3/4 of a left turn of the steering wheel. So, if you count you turn you will know when to straighten off!

Common problems:

  1. Don’t turn too early. Wait until you can see the kerb moving away in the left door mirror. Another problem, is sometimes corners start off shallow and then tighten up. If you put too much lock on too early in the turn then you can start to come too close to the kerb. If this happens don’t hit the kerb, so either stop or turn off the lock!
  2. Keep the car moving at a reasonable speed – granny walking speed. If the car goes too slow or too fast this can cause problems.
  3. Over use of the left mirror. This is fixed by the 360 method. Remember, the left mirror  has an inaccurate and restricted view. As its a convex mirror it makes the kerb look further away than it really is plus from a safety point of view you can see little else. Even if you can’t see the kerb out of the rear passenger window, if you use this you will begin to imagine where the kerb is!Tip: Don’t allow the kerb to leave the left mirror – you are too far out!

    Tip remember that if you successfully and safely complete the manoeuvre (even if badly) – you will pass your test!

    Tip : Watch where the bonnet is. If looking forward I want my bonnet to go left I turn the steering wheel to the right and visa versa.

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Fun and enjoyable!

Highly recommend! – after having lessons with a few instructors over the years, I finally found Paul -who made the whole driving experience fun and enjoyable, I found an absolute love of driving..which led me to pass first time 🚗

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Thank you again so much for yesterday, was on a massive high all day! Dr Laura Scott Brown passed her test with only 2 minors at the Portsmouth test centre!

Having moved to Australia

australiaHaving moved to Australia I suddenly found myself in the situation where surviving without a car is unthinkable to most locals and daily living became somewhat testing. However, the process of getting a license there is so protracted that it would be of little help to me.

I ought to have learned to drive by now?

By the age of twenty-eight I undoubtedly ‘ought’ to have learned to drive by now! I had a few false starts almost a decade ago, cut short once by pure and utter terror of roads, not alleviated in the slightest by my driving instructor at the time (not Paul!), and thereafter by time constraints and never being in the same area of the country long enough to have enough lessons and sit a test. It slipped down my list of priorities as I always lived in areas where I could just about get by without needing a car and as time passed the idea of driving became a bigger and bigger obstacle in my head.

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Therefore, when I found myself with a couple of months back in the U.K. I was desperate to give learning to drive my best possible shot. I was fortunate enough to hear about Paul and from the first lesson with him I felt that he was the right combination of laid back and approachable while being appropriately goal-driven.

Felt at ease

I felt at ease enough that we could speak openly about what we were realistically hoping to achieve and he was as flexible as he could possibly be enabling us to fit in as many lessons as possible around our schedules and he was always completely reliable.

Loved being in the driving seat

This time round I absolutely loved being in the driver’s seat, he made me feel comfortable with a wide variety of road types, which also helped to increase my learning at a pace always relative to my comfort zone to get the maximum benefit from my lesson time without ever being counter-productively unable to cope. I always felt that I could trust his experience and adaptability from a range of personality types among his previous pupils to give him accurate judgement of number of lessons I would personally need.

Flexibility

Once again he demonstrated his kind flexibility by allowing me to still use his car from the Portsmouth test centre when one wasn’t available at Lee…even when it did mean a 7:15 meet for us both!

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Paul Noble is a brilliant driving instructor and I owe my first time driving test pass with just 3 minors to him!

Teaching methods succinct

His teaching methods are succinct, systematic, and successful. Right from the first lesson, Paul explains the basic concepts behind the key controls of a car and progresses – at your own pace – onto letting you get behind the wheel and start driving in a variety of ways. Any mistakes made are easily forgiven, and then discussed in detail in order to allow you as a driver to understand what went wrong and how to improve for next time.

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One particularly beneficial aspect to Paul’s teaching is that he won’t just take you driving around Gosport, but out to further locations such as Fareham, Titchfield, Wickham, Portsdown Hill and to the outskirts of Southampton. Not only does this prevent the monotony of sticking to a single area while driving, it develops the ability to drive on anything from a country road through to a 70mph triple carriageway; this promotes driving independence and encourages a high level of confidence.

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Paul is easy to get along with and does not make you feel stressed at all whilst driving with him. I thoroughly recommend him as a driving instructor, and because of him I am one of the 21% of people who can pass first time.

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First Class Driver Training is NOW an independent driving school! After having trained with the AA and a successful franchise of the AA, I have made the brave leap to go independent!

Who am I?

DIAMy name is Paul Noble and I am a fully qualified approved driving instructor with an A grade rating. If you are looking for a reliable, patient and knowledgable instructor – then look no further. Give me a call on 0778 055 3078 or use the contact page and I will get back to you!

I am a DIA (Driving Instructor Association) member.

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How to stop stalling!


Many pupils learning to drive for the first time, dread stalling the car! Maybe that’s why some pupils opt to learn on an automatic. There are some simple techniques though, which will help you avoid stalling.

What is stalling?

stallingFirstly, what do we mean by stalling? Simply put, this is when the engine stops running requiring a restart. That’s all very well, but most pupils want to know why and how can they stop it!

To understand why a car stalls though, we need to understand the role of the clutch in all this.

What does the clutch do?

Simply put, the clutch connects and disconnects the engine. Therefore, early on in the first driving-lessons, the pupil soon discovers ‘stalling’: when they forget to de-clutch or depress the clutch when braking to a halt. The stall happens because as the engine is still connected to the now stationary wheels via the clutch plates, the engine always loses the tug or war between them!

Hill starts

stallingAnother situation where a stall is more likely for the novice driver: is the hill start. This is because, a car moving up and away on a hill, requires more power and a good biting point (the point at which the clutch plates connect and the engine begins to be connected to the wheels). Therefore, if the pupil forgets to get a good biting point and put on the necessary extra gas and power, then the car is likely to roll backwards or stall!

Often though, pupils are caught out by the car simply stalling on a very slight incline. Many modern tuition vehicles with small petrol engines are very sensitive; if the pupil forgets to put a bit of gas on before releasing the clutch or brings the clutch up too fast with no gas at all – then the engine just can’t cope and stalls.

Don’t panic!

nervesAgain, stalling may simply take place because the pupil is  worried that they are going to stall! In other words, because they are nervous or apprehensive, they rush and bring the clutch up too fast – and of course they stall! (A bit of a negative feedback loop!)

Another effect, is what I call ‘kangarooing!’ This is when the car nearly stalls: jerking violently backwards and forwards. This effect happens because the pupil’s foot is moving up and down on the clutch pedal in response to the jerking motion.  The answer is to just de-clutch.

How to avoid stalling

To be honest though, one reason most pupils stall is that they don’t use the handbrake enough and ‘move off on the fly’ ( bringing the  clutch up slowly until the car begins to move).

If instead, you use the handbrake to find the biting point accurately, all you need to do to move off,  is release the handbrake and keep your clutch foot still until you are in motion. This is especially useful if you want to move off rapidly say at a busy roundabout because its more reliable and less prone to stalling.

What do I do when I stall?

Lastly though what do you do when you do stall? Firstly, its not the end of the world so don’t panic. Of course, make sure that the car has actually stalled: to do this look at the rev-counter. Is it on zero revs and is the red oil lamp on the dash board on? If so, then you have definitely stalled!

Secondly, make the car safe. In other words, engage the handbrake to stop rolling and restart the engine to restore power.

In conclusion then, to avoid stalling: plan and think about every move off by setting the appropriate gas and biting point and decide whether you are going to move off using the handbrake or on the fly.

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Amber passed FIRST time 5 minors 16/06/16

Amber ( a trainee hairdresser) recently passed her driving test with me after around 50 hrs of tuition.

She had not had any previous lessons and passed first time with only 5 minors. This is what she had to say about my lessons:

“I did my lessons with Paul, would highly recommend. Doesn’t just stay local which gives a really good experience to driving different areas”

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Great results!

The summer months are busy ones for the driving instructor and June is proving both busy and productive with 4 passes so far! 

Laurence

Laurence had a few lessons a while back with the AA but came to me after excepting a job requiring a driving license. Laurence passed FIRST time with 9 minors after 28 hrs of lessons with me.

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Laurence FIRST time 9 minors 13/06/16

“I would 100% recommend Paul Noble as a driving instructor. I had to get a first time pass and quickly as I had to start work promptly, which I was able to achieve.

Paul is easy to get along with, patient, calm and a likeable person. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending him.”

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Trudy

Trudy started with me after having lessons for a while in a different area of the country. Unfortunately, she failed her driving test and stopped for a while. As she moved into my area, her friend at work – one of my pupils – recommended me and after completing 12 hours of lessons to prepare for test – passed with only 5 minors!

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Trudie 5 minors 8/6/16

“I would like to say a huge than you to my driving instructor Paul all his help and guidance made me feel more confident on the road and he was great in helping me ease my test day nerves, allowing me to pass. than you Paul would highly recommend to go with him.”

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