Lesson #6 –
Yay fantastic driving today with a focus on getting over the rural nerves which you are really starting to do. You are not flinching and moving the vehicle when oncoming traffic is travelling towards you at speed. You are starting to manage your steering and speed more efficiently and so I want you to really practice everything you have learned to date and get Mum and Dad out for a coffee so you can drive them somewhere and back.
Next time, we will look at motorway driving! Be proud of what you are achieving.
Lesson #5 – 9th February 2023
Cody, you are really beginning to make some good progress as you have now begun to understand how to apply acceleration in percentages as well as reduce speed and braking smoothly as a percentage also. This means you are avoiding the surge of acceleration as you leave an intersection which meant you were panicking with your steering. So any practice now should be about how you control your acceleration and braking. Remember to crawl through your maneuver so you have time to steer but then quickly apply your acceleration to move on so as not to cause inconvenience to other road users. We also in the lesson, tried new roads you have never driven before and your anxiousness began to rise but you did a great job of remaining calm, breathing, and simply taking on the challenges a new environment presented. Each time we meet, I see a huge improvement so keep this in mind as you master the art of safe driving.
AMAZING EMERGENCY BRAKING DEMONSTRATED TODAY CODY – WELL DONE!
Lesson #4 – 19th December
Today we looked at managing roundabouts in Pukekohe and you did really well Cody. You are beginning to break down a roundabout scenario with good crawl technique at the triangle on the road and your mirror use is increasing. I also noticed some good road position
Lesson #3 – 12th Dec cancelled as Cody felt unwell
Lesson #2 – 23rd November
Cody, I can feel your confidence beginning to improve, along with understanding what you need to do to steer your vehicle. So today was all about steering. Push and pull method, push and pull. I really want you to focus on holding a dinner plate at home and just turning it in and around in your hands, just as you’re watching tv, or a bit of youtube. Just keep turning that plate – turn turn all the way left, turn turn all the way right. It’s really going to help you understand how to maneuver the car. What you tend to do is when you get anxious or when you get a little bit nervous you tend to lock up with your arms and you tend to try to move everything while not moving your arms, so your steering can only go so far before your hands need to move – and that’s where the vehicle takes over. So that’s my feedback, practice with the dinner plate, and the push and pull method. Thank you, I look forward to seeing you again.
Lesson #1 – 4th November 9.30am until 11.00am
It was such a pleasure to meet you, Cody. I know you felt nervous about driving today, but, my goodness, you really can be a good driver so please do work on having some confidence in your own ability. Today we really focussed on just mainly steering as this becomes the foundation of being able to drive confidently and safely. My recommendation is that you take a dinner plate from the cupboard when you are watching TV and sit and practice turning it all the way completely around repeatedly in each direction left and right as this allows you to learn the push and pull steering method allowing you to guide the vehicle well on the road. I also want you to think about looking over your shoulder left and right whilst you are holding the dinner plate and turning it at the same time in your hand as this will help you to conduct head checks for cyclists as you continue to steer.
If you do go for practice with Mum or Dad, ask them if they can get hold of three road cones and go to a quiet car park and practice driving in figure 8’s in and out of them so that you can do that without hitting them and this will help you to know what crawl speed you need to be able to steer.
If you spend some time practicing the above, everything else becomes much easier and you are right – it will take just a little time to become a skilled young driver, safe, confident, and PASS your test.
Oh and don’t forget about how we covered making the car belong to you as far as your driver position goes with seating, mirrors and height of vision etc.
I look forward to meeting you again. Mum just needs to pop me a message and we can look at what times work for us both.
Good luck with your exams!