LESSON #3 – 21.11.22 2pm
Jack your feedback is as follows: great driving to Glenn Innes, considering you’re carrying out your test the following day. Sometimes with the motorway you just need to figure around working on your steering and remaining in-lane – very straight, very stable – whilst you carry out a head check, after your mirrors, before changing lanes. So aim to give yourself that 3-5 seconds indication technique whilst your checking that bigger picture, and also checking where you’re steering at all times. It’s only when you do mirrors, then a head check, that you ease over into your new lane, cancel your indication and check your rearview. You did some good driving around Glenn Innes, you were calm, confident, and you handled your speed well to be able to maneuver into suburban, as well as urban, and on- off- motorway driving. Well done. Good luck for tomorrow.
LESSON #2 – 10.10.22 8:30am
Jack, first of all I want to say well done today. The best part of what I’m picking up about your driving, after the 2nd time of meeting you, is that you have a very good level of smooth braking as you’re coming into junctions, traffic lights, roundabouts.. so keep that up jack, well done.
We conducted a route around Massey today, and of course, a lot to take in. I started to notice within the lesson you were getting a little uptight, and one of the things I picked up was that you were quite tired. and that’s understandable! It’s school holidays. One of the things I would feed back though is to be very careful about being tired and driving. so you’ve got to make sure that if you’ve got a lesson at 830 that you get plenty of sleep, and that you drink plenty of water. Now however, considering you were tired, you did very well to stay on top of things, so I’m really really pleased with what you did.
Today we did a lot of hazard identification. Non-moving hazards are all your street signs. And that, if you remember is how you drive, if you were completely blind, you had no idea about the road, you would only know according to the signage. We looked at moving hazards, and how you identify them, for example: oncoming traffic – moving left. Rear traffic – I’m aware. Car pulling out – I’m slowing. And so you quickly identify it, quickly name it, and quickly name the action you’re taking. Head checks were a little bit messy today, but that was understandable, but you really got them in the 2nd half of the lesson, after you looked at the diagrams. So think about where the cyclist could come from whenever you’re turning left, and whenever you turn right and merge into a flush median, you then look for a motorcyclist or a car coming up on your right. I want you to think about the timing of your head checks as well, which is quite important, so think about where do you actually need to carry it out to ensure you don’t move at the same time. Think about today when we turned into the right median, to turn into the 80km rural zone, and you were coming across and starting to move before you’d done a head check, and there was a car behind you. No biggie, but it’s all good training for when you need to do your head check.
Just focus on staying left, focus on your road signs, and fantastic parallel parking!
LESSON #1 – 27.09.22 5:45pm
Jack, I very much enjoyed meeting you today. You have a great skill set when it comes to driving – something that I rarely find in new students. You have a good understanding of how to control and manage your car, although when we first drove away your steering was slightly jumpy and you actually were using your hands to turn left right left right left right. However once that was addressed your steering really settled down, and you allowed the car to do what it needed to do whilst you also retained control. The tighter maneuvering around the back streets that we covered allowed you to understand that you need to reduce speed to almost a crawl so that you can control the vehicle around corners, so that oversteering does not occur and that also you have time to assess what’s in and around a corner as you make the maneuver. Covering off yesterday the fact that the triangle on the road is a giveway, meaning only stop if required, allows you to crawl from the triangle to assess and go if clear. You really were able to demonstrate that well yesterday, and from the tighter maneuvering streets out into the bigger town drive that we did you were able to keep that going.
My feedback is head checks – as a cyclist yourself, especially an ebike rider you really need to work on keeping those head checks in all the time. Think about yourself as a cyclist riding behind you. Where would you come from if you were turning left? And where would the car or the motorcyclist come from when you are merging into the right flush medians or changing lane position. If you can focus on that. I also showed you the strategy of parallel parking. I really need you to think about that. Stage 1, pull in, 1m apart from the car slightly forward from it with your head check and a left indicator making sure your left indicator remains on. Stage 2, your front wheel to their back wheel, very straight, stage 3 left left left while you crawl so you get almost a 90degree angle, and then straighten up with 2 right turns of the wheel, and go back straight in a crawl – that’s where your speed can blow it. And then spin it in right right right, and then almost as you’re in, spin it once left, twice left, on the steering and then you should be able to just drive forward and straighten up nice and straight. Don’t forget when you’re doing a reverse in a parallel park to always do your head check as well just in case a cyclist is coming up on your right.
Anyway Jack I will make another appointment with you, and well done, thank you.