Lesson #1 – Sunday 16.10.22 5:30
Eve, really incredibly impressed with your skill set with your driving and your learning from your mum and dad. Considering you’ve never had a professional driving lesson, I think your standard is incredibly high. What I would now say is having completed the VTNZ Westgate test route, bearing in mind that that was where you originally booked your driving test, you definitely have around 80% of everything that you need to pass the test. I think now the focus has to be on ensuring that head checks are carried out at all times. So just remember, where could the cyclist be? Especially when you’re turning in left, make sure that your head checks are performed before you turn. And make sure that your steering stays consistent. One of the things we looked at last night was your ability to use the push-pull steering method, which seemed to really settle everything down, so that you can crawl through more complex low speed maneuvering, like turning, so that steering can be maintained. So, very happy with that. Keep practicing that push-pull method.
With 3-point turns, I gave you a strategy, so if you can now focus on the 4/5 stage strategy for parallel parking. Step 1: you must pull in nice and straight alongside the other vehicle, must have left indicator on and must complete the head check as you pull in, and just drive slightly forward of the other car. Maintain your left indication and only reverse when you are happy with head checks. Face the direction you’re reversing in, so looking over your left and right shoulders, as you go back in. Step 2: front wheel to back wheel, really straight. then maintain crawl speed as you go left left left on your steering, looking for an almost 90 degree angle. As you find that angle you go right once, right twice on your steering, and you go back gently in a crawl nice and straight, maintaining your left indication. You are then able to slowly flip the car in, and as you see the front passenger side of the wing, down by your front wheel, almost in to the curb, you then flick it left once, left twice. You then gently go into drive, and you ease forward, maintaining 1.5m distance between you and the car in front. You then finish your maneuver by putting the car into park and applying handbrake. When the testing officer asks you to pull out and you go to reverse, you must do your head checks while you are assessing and then apply indicator mirrors and head check as you pull out into the traffic.
Eve, keep practicing everything that we worked with last night, and by the time that your test date comes around, which I’ve now amended to the new testing route and the new date, you will be in a great position to pass your test. The other thing that you just need to focus on is not second guessing your judgements, but have that calm vibe going so you can feel everything around you, you can assess everything around you, and then reading of the road signs is really essential. well done eve I’ll see you again soon!