Monthly Archives: June 2015

A grade – check test result!

A grade check test result!

'a' gradeFrom time time the DVLA carries out a mandatory  ‘check test’ to monitor the performance of driving lessons delivered by driving instructors.
I am pleased to say I achieved an A grade which means my standard of tuition is First Class or as the DVLA defines it: ” A high overall standard of instruction demonstrated

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What’s the difference between First Class Driving and other schools?

I believe what I offer is quality as defined by the DVLA and in the end this will save you money -as you will learn faster from a first class professional.

On the other hand, cheap and sub-standard lessons will cost you more in money, time and frustration at the end of the day.

For lessons CALL or text  NOW on 0778 055 3078
or use the contact page

Awareness

Navy pupil passes first time

Zero minors

Intensive driving course

First time pass 1 minor!

The AA

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Driver awareness!

awarenessWhat does being aware mean?

As driver is very important to be aware of what is going on around you: to perceive possible dangers and hazards and concentrate on the job in hand. You must be focused at all times. You must stay alert.

A driver uses all their senses including sight and sound.

Three good questions:

What do you see? What can you hear? How do you feel?

Why is it important to be aware?

Of course, if you are not aware of hazards and risks around you, then you are not only putting yourself at RISK but others also!

Who is responsible for risk on a driving lesson?

crashThe pupil is responsible plus the Driving Instructor shares that risk  and may intervene with questions or use the dual controls or steering if getting into danger.

How do mirrors help us with awareness?

side mirrorObviously it is important to be aware of hazards in front of the car but mirrors enable us to be aware of risks to the side of the vehicle and behind.

How do road signs and road markings helps with awareness

Unknown-1Spotting road signs and road markings early enable us to plan well ahead and deal with fixed hazards.  In addition, we need to make sure we are aware of traffic lights and signal changes..

Where should we be looking? Far distance, middle distance and near. Scan and plan!

How does the way your feel effect awareness?

Texting_while_at_the_wheel_(4351110509)-1Tiredness, dehydration, medication, anxiety, nerves and stressed! These all negatively effect awareness and ability to drive.

In addition, anger/road rage/ impatience can seriously effect judgment.     DONT’  use your mobile phone or drink drive!

Be careful of DISTRACTIONSchildren, CD player, Radio. Drivers behind you!

stay focused

How do you feel while driving?

Red – stressed find a place to stop; Amber – learning; Green – relaxed.

Are you aware of your speed and gears?

speedometerHow does speed effect your awareness?  Are you aware of the speed limits and your own speed?

Gears can be a big distraction on approach to roundabouts. Remember it’s “brakes to slow; gears to go”. Use block changing.

Are you spatially aware of the safety bubble around the vehicle?

Are you spatially aware?  Your position on the road.

How can you increase you awareness?

Talk to yourself; tell yourself what you are about to do. Reticular activating system.

Use commentary driving where you describe your observations and actions – but be careful that your don’t get distracted!

For lessons CALL or text  NOW on 0778 055 3078

or use the contact page

Navy pupil passes first time

Zero minors

Intensive driving course

First time pass 1 minor!

The AA

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Navy pupil passes first time!

All of my Navy pupils have passed first time so far  – must be something in the water! Luke from HMS Sultan was no exception, passing first time at the Lee-On-The-Solent-Test centre with only 2 minors.

Luke started to learn to drive with the AA from the beginning but like many in the Navy,  had to break off lessons for a year as he was sent to sea. Returning to land, he started again with me and after having revised everything thoroughly, passed his test with flying colours!

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Luke Benson First time pass 2 minors 08/06/15

 

Navy lad Luke says:

“Fantastic instructor with a clear and well structured way of teaching. Helped me to pass first time and would definitely recommend to a friend.”

For lessons CALL or text  NOW on 0778 055 3078

or use the contact page

Zero minors

Intensive driving course

First time pass 1 minor!

The AA

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