Lesson #1 – 31st October 4pm until 5.30pm
Chloe, you demonstrated some sound driving skills on our first drive together and I have no doubt you can pass your restricted test. My suggestion is to book another test date late November / early December and that we meet two to three more times to get everything finely tuned so that you can go with confidence and obtain your restricted license.
My feedback from our meeting yesterday on the aspects you need to work on is as follows:
Think about your hand position on the steering wheel as sometimes you are creating a little oversteer meaning that your hands are working harder than they need to turn the steering wheel. Practice the push / pull method so that your hands do not really need to leave the 9-3 hand position and you just use one hand to push the wheel and the other to pull the wheel to where you need it to be. Hold a dinner plate and turn it all the way around without dropping it. That is the push/pull method and is the safest way to avoid the car over-steering. You also sometimes tend to let the wheel spin through your hands which is something you can fail a driving test on as this is seen as a lack of control of the vehicle.
Try the slow down method as you turn into a left-hand road as well as use the triangle on the give way intersections to assess at a crawl whether you need to stop at all if it is clear.
Think of reducing speed so that you are completely at the posted limit just before you reach the sign. A couple of occasions meant you only reduced to the limit just as you passed the sign. However, speed control was excellent most of the time.
Remember to always conduct your head checks when you are turning or leaving a roundabout or indeed moving into a right flush median. This is essential for your driving test.
I really recommend you practice using your handbrake, despite it being an automatic vehicle. No driver should rely on a vehicle not rolling back so please let’s work on this together, so it feels familiar.
Gap selection was particularly good and if you crawl from the give way triangle you should be able to assess both sides and not necessarily need to stop if there is plenty of room to leave the intersection.
Your merge manoeuvres were excellent! Just remember to keep driving whilst merging rather than slowing down.
Rural driving / open road driving was pretty good. However, you have been given the wrong information when you mentioned staying torarsd to central line on the right of the lane you are driving in. Try practising looking ten seconds ahead ( about four lampposts) and focus your eyes on the left hand solid white line and drive nearer to that so that you have a chance of avoiding a collision if oncoming traffic happen to be on or over the central divinginding line.
I think it would really help for you to begin to use the hazard identification method silently in your head so that when you carry out the test, you are fully aware and planning for the driving environment around you noticing all signs as well as the moving hazards.