Lesson 8 – Monday 16th January 2.00 – 3.30pm
The second to last lesson prior to your test. Good focus today Jack knowing you need to concentrate specifically on the road ahead with at least ten seconds sight so you can identify the moving and non moving hazards and then have time to plan what you need to do to safely navigate them.
Practice your three point turn and parallel parking to ensure you have a good confidence level.
Lesson 7 – 15th December 1.15pm – 2.45pm
Lesson 5 – Tuesday 22.11.22 10am
Jack, you did really well in your parent’s Mitsubishi car, which is rather large, and a diesel, so is not as responsive as some and you have a lot of weight to get around corners. Today was all about steering, and it was really great to see you go from the car controlling your hands to you taking control of the car. your steering technique is now much better. I really need you to keep practicing that. so it’s the push-pull method. less is more when it comes to more smaller movements .therefore if you need to push and pull that big vehicle around a tight left hand turn into a road or again a roundabout, it’s about reducing your speed to a crawl so you can figure everything out with your steering, and that you’re not applying speed again until you’ve got the steering wheel correctly positioned. then you can slowly accelerate and increase your speed.
We went to Onehunga. It was a great run down, some good solid motorway driving. You mentioned the issue was about your steering moving out of the way when you did your head checks which can make you come out of a lane. This new steering technique I’ve shown you today, what we focused on was that push and pull method, and it’s about 3-5 seconds indication, giving you time to check the bigger picture with your mirrors – the checking of your mirrors is essential. Then you do your head check, to ensure nobody is on the flank of your vehicle, and then you push and move gently in on your steering, cancel your indication, check your rearview and keep going.
So today was all about steering, I look forward to progressing to the next stage in our next lesson. Take care
Lesson 4 – Wednesday 28.09.22 1:30pm
Considering, Jack, this is the first time you’ve navigated a motorway, well done. It was not easy, however you did really well – a lot of young drivers find their first motorway experience quite harrowing. My feedback is as follows: the things you did really well today are your speed management is good, your rear view checking and your side mirror checking is good, and you’re managing to navigate some quite challenging driving. Well done. My feedback about things you need to work on further would be as follows: please make sure you’re indicating in the correct places, including if you see a merge, whether it’s an onramp, offramp, or whether or not you’re turning left or right. Plenty of indication and also your required head checks. Also I’d like you to watch out for your lane position, and I want you to be watching ahead 10-12secs so you can make sure that you’ve got your car more towards the left than the right, so I really want you to practice on that.
With parallel parking, think about practicing before we meet. If you want to sit your test in mid December I’d really encourage you to find a date so that we have a goal in mind. They’re looking at roughly 120-140hrs practice as well as driving instruction lessons, so you’ve really got to get out there with mum and dad. Let me know if you have any questions but keep practicing. See you next lesson.
Lesson 3 13.09 4pm-5:30
Hi Jack, you did so well especially considering we were in a new car to make it a bit more comfortable being so tall. Being in a new vehicle takes some time to adjust to, so by driving round some quiet back streets it gave you the ability to understand the power and velocity of the vehicle, and how braking needs to work.
We did some work on parallel parking, and you did very well using the strategy of 1, pulling in alongside vehicle giving 1m space, with indication and head check. 2, front wheel to back wheel, nice and straight. 3, all the way left on the steering to create an almost 90-degree angle, and then straightening and back towards the curb in a straight line. 4, all the way right as you bring the nose of the vehicle in, clearing the one in front, and almost when the front left of bonnet in, flick left a couple of times so you can move forward gently. This also has to be done while you’re going at crawling speed so you can maintain the maximum steering power needed to get into a tight carpark.
I’ll see you on Wednesday 28th when I pick you up from school at 1:30pm
So in the meantime make sure you keep practicing parallel parking following that strategy, and 3-point turns as well, as these are the most technical parts of the test. I also want you to also focus on road positioning. You do have a tendency to sometimes move over to the centre line, especially when there’s oncoming traffic. So I want you to think about hazard ID, and when there’s oncoming traffic you make the effort to stay left while also not going onto the left line.
Apart from that you did very well, you did some smooth driving.
Great first lesson as we began to get comfortable with holding a vehicle steady on the road. Remember to hold the steering of the vehicle in a steady and calm way and looking at least 12 seconds ahead ( about 4 lamppost lengths) helps to keep the car in the middle of the lane as your peripheral vision will help you to know what is happening in the distance between looking 12 seconds ahead and what is between that point and the bonnet of the car as you travel on open roads.
It would be good if you could work on the following before we meet again :
Turning left and checking over your left shoulder prior to changing your position on the road so you can see if a bicycle is in your blind spot.
Practice carrying out an over the shoulder head check to the left and steering straight at the same time.
Try a route where you can turn left, left, left at all times in a loop giving you the opportunity to mirror check, indicate, head check, then carry out the manoeuvre.