LESSON #3 – Wednesday 07.12.22
Leah, fantastic to do a little bit of driving with you today. Beginning off really slowly around some of your back streets so that you could get to grips with not allowing the car to surge as you’re pulling out of a maneuver such as taking a left hand turn, to allow you to steer the vehicle, and then correct the steering, and then accelerate gently. Talked about “ballerina braking” today, that lovely slow braking to maintain a good gap between you and the car in front of you, waiting at an intersection. Great push and pull method, you just need to practice that with the steering a little more, and we also looked at road position. You really need to focus on not being too far to the left, so you really need to practice watching 12 seconds ahead of you, which is around about four lamppost distances. All I want you to do is make sure you have 2hrs of practice before our next appointment, and just keep everything down to as low as you can go, whilst you’re carrying out a maneuver, to be able to execute it really well, maintaining full control of the car. A bit like Rocky, when you get the leash out, get that car to do what you need it to do. And I look forward to seeing you again.
LESSON #2 – Saturday 24.09.22
Leah, after our initial introduction, I know that I can work with you and get you to become a confident, safe driver. So thank you for meeting with me for our initial hour get-together. Now that we’ve met (Sat 24th) that is officially lesson #1, and I could see straight away that you had really taken onboard my comments in our introduction about your steering. Your steering on Saturday was a lot calmer, a lot more solid, and a lot more confident. I can see that the way your brain is working is now coming through into your hands , the way you’re controlling a vehicle. So steering was much much better, so well done. One of the things that we talked about was how to reduce speed in the tighter maneuvering situations, to allow you to take the car where you need to. For example, when navigating around a roundabout – you’re just taking it nice and gentle on the accelerator, and even touching the brake when required just so you can do what you need to do. The feedback on roundabouts is to remember to use the triangle that you see on the road when you approach, as the assessment tool. From there, if you don’t need to stop you don’t stop. Gently take the car right down, so you’re almost crawling, and then commit and go when it’s safe, then immediately reducing speed so that you can navigate a roundabout. Remember to indicate at the exit that you are not leaving, ready to indicate left at the next one that you are leaving at. That’s the correct indication technique. Also it’s very important to practice your head checks as you leave a roundabout.
So excellent lesson all in all, I really love that we got to drive through the Te Atatu main centre, and that you were able to navigate roundabouts using that slowing down technique, that assessment technique, and that you are then able to see that it is clear once you’ve left a roundabout and accelerate.
So well done, get some practice in and I will make another time with you for lesson #2. Look forward to meeting you again, Leah, thank you.
Pre lesson – Monday 18-09-2022
Leah, it was a pleasure to meet you and to understand how anxious you can feel around being on the road with other road users. However, you did incredibly well and held it all together. I have no doubt you will not only pass your test, but you will also become a confident and safe driver. My feedback after this introduction is for you to now practice with your parents around the small and quiet back roads where you live. The foundation of your driving is steering. Remember to use the push and pull method and that “less is more” when it comes to turning the car gently and positioning yourself on the road. If you can spend practice time getting comfortable with your steering, I would like to visit the Waitakere cemetery next time so we can use a very quiet environment for you to gain some confidence.