Lesson #1 – Tuesday 1st November 3.30pm – 5pm
It was a pleasure to meet you Jaydon. Excellent driving and thank you for having such a positive attitude to learning. So, to pick out what potentially you should work on is as follows:
How low can you go? Think about on the day of your test how anything can happen in front of you, so by practicing how low you can stay in any gear without changing means you can use a low-speed technique that means you can crawl from the give way triangle in second gear so you can make the judgement to proceed or change down to first gear without too much trouble. Likewise, once you manoeuvre through the intersection keep to a walk pace until you steer back to where you want the vehicle, then begin to move away increasing speed. The other reason why this is important is to avoid the coasting to an intersection when you depress the clutch and keeping to depressed means you have essentially lost control of the vehicle so moving down the gears and remaining in gear until the last moment if stopping required is something to practise.
We also discussed the necessity for head checks, so if you can practice looking over your shoulder quickly to gather information but to hold your steering as well as bring that information forward immediately to what is happening in front of you. Think of anytime your bonnet needs to change direction is when you need to carry out a head check either for cyclists or cars trying to pop in front of you in a merge flush median scenario.
If you can practice your three-point turn, parallel parking manoeuvres and U turns as these are the main reason people panic in a test due to the technical aspect.
I hope the above helps, and I would suggest another session or two in which we look at carrying out pre-test assessment drives covering motorway, rural and town driving. You are in a good space to go ahead and book your restricted driving test in early to mid-December and I will help you fine tune in preparation for same.