Ethan we looked at the low speed maneuvering, mainly focused around hill starts today, my feedback is as follows. I think you need to look at changing your mindset so that you can successfully present and pass your restricted. We seem to have some indication of resistance when it comes to taking on new ideas which are there to help you pass your restricted but also become a safer driver. What I need you to focus on is not going into junctions too fast, because you have a tendency to oversteer. You’ve managed to understand the controls of a manual very well, but now it’s about your technique around driving. You’re going far too fast to be able to assess far enough ahead and make a plan about how you’re going to deal with that. If you require my help any further do let me know, in the meantime good luck with your restricted test.
4th Lesson 07.02.2023 12:30 pm until 2:00 pm
Ethan, great driving today. Today our focus was completely parallel parking, 3-point turns and u-turns. I do have to say you’ve really got to form a habit now when it comes to head checks, and your rear mirror checking. You’re handing a manual very well, and now you understand the concepts of parallel parking and 3-point turns, I must get you to practice them so that next time when we see each other you’re much more confident at now being able to carry them out.
3rd Lesson 19.01.2023 1.30 pm until 3.00 pm
Ethan, much smoother drive today when it came to changing gears and slowing to a stop. I think my feedback from today would be to look further into attitude around how to pass the restricted test, why we have certain road rules, and working towards preparing yourself mentally to observe with a positive attitude what needs to be observed. Questioning why something must be done is ok but having an attitude around you thinking it is something that is wrong can hold you back instead of meaning you move forward with the skills you learn, coupled with a positive attitude as well as gaining the necessary experience to handle a restricted licence test and a driving life that is low risk.
2nd Lesson 08.12022 1.00pm until 2.30pm
Ethan, a great lesson today with a focus on low speed manoeuvring as you master how to change down gears as well as up. This means you have better control of your vehicle as you change gear and slow down. Once you master being able to slow down and stop at intersections and slower areas, speeding up is easier.
I look forward to seeing you in 2023 once you have managed some practice so we can move onto the next level.
1st Lesson 24.11.2022 9.00 am until 10.30 am
A great start to getting you prepared to drive a manual, pass your restricted test, and also be a safe, defensive driver. Today we simply began with a manual low-speed maneuvering technique in which you learned how to listen to the vehicle’s engine tone, change gears smoothly from 1st to second as well as steer the vehicle whilst you multi-task changing gear, indicating and changing other up to 2nd or down to first. So well done! If you do go out to practice, what I want you to focus on is your steering at a lower speed around corners or into junctions turning left or right. Practice 5 seconds of indication and also practice looking into your rearview mirror at least every 8 seconds or when you brake. Take a look at the following videos and I will separately send you another appointment time.
Developing a training plan with you is where we begin once you have your theory learner test behind you.
Your training plan will be a structured and logical sequence of progressive lesson plans with the provision for the review of your progress as we go.
Each lesson plan will have its own TRAINING OBJECTIVE which will outline what you will achieve as a result of the session along with the STANDARD to which you need to perform the task and the conditions under which the performance will be assessed along with the RESOURCES that will need to be supplied.
How we deliver our knowledge to you is through three main methods
Controlled Practice – This is where your tutor will carry out the manoeuvre with a full verbal description as we go a couple of times so you have a chance to observe and feel comfortable trying it yourself.
Prompted Practice – Once you are comfortable, you can then try the manoeuvre whilst your tutor prompts you with a word here and there as a reminder as you concentrate on carrying out your manoeuvre
Transferred Responsibility – Yay – this is the bit you get to do it yourself and practice.
To prepare yourself to be on time for your session and ready to go when your tutor arrives for you
Follow all instructions given by the trainer
Be thoughtful, co-operate and be tolerant
Respect others right to learn without interruption
Be well mannered, considerate, and friendly to each other, staff, and other students
Self-discipline, common sense, and respect for others
Let your tutor know if you are taking ANY prescribed or unprescribed medication – even if it is over the counter for a headache so that we can make a decision as to whether it could affect your driving performance
The following behaviors will not be tolerated by either the tutor or the student or any staff member of ALL TERRAIN DRIVING ACADEMY
Rude or abusive language
Bullying, whether verbal or physical
Damaging or stealing property
Possessing or using alcohol or harmful drugs before, during, or after your planned session. If it is believed you are under the influence o drugs or alcohol we reserve the right to breath test you with our commercial breathalyser and or remove you immediately from the vehicle and call the appropriate authority
Violent or threatening behavior including road rage
Sharon is very experienced when it comes to driver education. An NZTA approved driving instructor, a defensive driving instructor in STREETALK and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Driving Educators and a fully qualified assessor carrying out driver assessments for various NZ government organisations. Sharon is an off road driver trainer too, so you are in experience and patient hands.
You can contact Sharon on 021 029 28023 ( a text is always better) if you have any questions.