Lesson #6 – Monday 22nd May
That was a much more improved effort today Jensen, really pleased to see that the majority of time you’ve got head checks in. You know we talked about that strategy of anytime your bonnet needs to move significantly left or right from the straight point, is potentially when there could be a collision on the left or right. So I’ve really got you to practice bedding in those head checks.
Also, with the issue with the roundabout, the feedback is that not just looking to your right but also looking across the roundabout to see what is going to be coming towards you from the right is more essential, and so that planning as you’re coming in gently, to establish are you going to need to stop, and knowing your safe gap selection. So focus on those two things, but everything else pretty good – speed management is just being really aware of the different speed zones you’re working in. Ok, look forward to seeing you again Jensen, take care
Lesson #5 – Tuesday 14th March 11 am – 12.30 pm
Fantastic driving! I really feel now, Jensen, you’re moving towards being confident for your restricted driving test in June. What I want to do now is on our next lesson, is look at a pre-drive test scenario with putting together everything you’ve learnt so far, which is: head checks, correct indication at roundabout, appropriate observation of all the road rules – and so that’s now what we’re going to be practicing when we meet for the sixth time. Thank you
Lesson #4 – Wednesday 1st March 9.15 am – 10.30 am
Today we looked at motorway driving, which you managed very well Jensen. I would like you to practice your road positioning without losing any steering technique. Check your side mirrors with a quick glance and get used to knowing where you are in your lane as sometimes you have a tendency to be more right than the left which is normal considering you have seen the road from a passenger perspective for a while. Taking time to change lanes and looking ahead 12 seconds is required to react smoothly to other road users’ behavior.
Lesson #3 – Tuesday 28th February 9:00am to 10:30am
So Jensen, fantastic! Your progress is going really really well. Much more confident, a good approach at intersections, and your road positioning are all looking fantastic. Do not lose focus now on what you’ve achieved to date.
What we covered today is the parallel park. I really now need you to start working on that strategy of pulling in nicely with a meter gap, just nicely in front, nice straight wheel, indicator on, head check. Front to back wheel in reverse, lovely and straight as you’re moving, and not speeding away, because you won’t be able to fit anything in. Left left left as you get a lovely big, almost 10 past the hour angle, then straighten once, straighten twice so that your car gently comes back, and then you can ease it in, taking your wheel all the way to the left so that you tuck in and are ready to just move forward. We’ll do some more practice with that.
In the meantime, great driving! I want you to think about your hazard perception, how you’re dealing with looking 12 sec in front of you, so you can deal with what’s coming up and you can deal with it appropriately. But I think we’re definitely making fantastic progress! See you again soon
Lesson #2 – Friday 17th February 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
A very solid effort today with low-speed manoeuvering to enable you to control your steering when turning or merging or handling roundabouts. If you can practice what we covered I am keen to next time begin to look into parallel parking as well as light motorway driving to further extend your skills.
Lesson #1 – Tuesday 7th February 10.30am
Hi Jensen you did really amazing today considering you haven’t been on the road for quite some time. Your skill-building as well as your anxiousness has probably held you back a little. Working towards your restricted test in a couple of months is definitely achievable. What we worked on today was needing more speed control as you approach give way intersections, so use your triangle as where you should be crawling as a give way, you do not need to stop if you have a safe gap to select. Think about your mirrors and your blind spots, and I’d also like you to look at not surging the car with the accelerator – so think about smooth braking, smooth acceleration, and definitely the practice of the push and pull steering. So if you can for me, go and practice with mum on that small estate – coming out, going to the petrol station roundabout, doing a little bit of a left-hand, left-hand section, and then coming back into the estate, and I’ll send you another appointment time for around 10 days. Thanks very much, Jensen