CONGRATULATIONS! I am delighted to hear that you passed. And you have passed in one of the most difficult testing centers in, I believe, the country, so that’s something you should be proud of. My only feedback now is please please please do not allow yourself to become an overly confident driver. Take your time, you will now come up against challenges in the next 3-6 months, and I would love to see you on a street talk defensive driving course in the near future. Well done, Mathew, pleasure to work with you.
General feedback: It is fantastic to see you now test ready. Also a fantastic level of safe driving at your learner stage. So good luck with your test on Thursday 11th May, and as we’ve discussed this week and the last 2 lessons it is all about the anticipation of the forward driving environment, and always being at a situation where you can comfortably stop, or go, depending on what gear you’re in, and anticipating everything well ahead, staying left, the practicing of same, and those head checks. Good luck Matthew, and let me know.
3rd Lesson 08.12.22
Mathew fantastic lesson! What we achieved today was you actually, for the very first time, drove the manual car on the roads, and drove yourself back home! Well done. Feedback is as follows: what I really need you to start to think about is that smooth gear change, and how to control the car’s speed, either going downhill on a gear change using your brake or indeed that low-speed manoeuvering and how to increase speed smoothly. Always noting that you must continue steering with your dominant right hand, using your left hand to change gears – not your eyes. You’ve got to remain with your eyes on the road. A couple of times there were just those hairy moments of the car veering off to the left, so I really want you to practice that. Even if you’re doing automatic, think about keeping your eyes on the road at all times.
2nd Lesson 02.12.2022
1st Lesson 24.11.2022
Nice to meet you Mathew and a great start to getting you prepared to drive a manual, pass your restricted test, and also be a safe, defensive driver. Today we simply began with a manual low-speed maneuvering technique in which you learned how to listen to the vehicle’s engine tone, change gears smoothly from 1st to second as well as steer the vehicle whilst you multi-task changing gear, indicating and changing other up to 2nd or down to first. So well done! If you do go out to practice with your parents, what I want you to focus on in an automatic is your steering at a lower speed around corners or into junctions turning left or right. Practice 5 seconds of indication and also practice looking into your rearview mirror at least every 8 seconds or when you brake. Take a look at the following videos and I will separately send you another appointment time.
Developing a training plan with you is where we begin once you have your theory learner test behind you.
Your training plan will be a structured and logical sequence of progressive lesson plans with the provision for the review of your progress as we go.
Each lesson plan will have its own TRAINING OBJECTIVE which will outline what you will achieve as a result of the session along with the STANDARD to which you need to perform the task and the conditions under which the performance will be assessed along with the RESOURCES that will need to be supplied.
How we deliver our knowledge to you is through three main methods
Controlled Practice – This is where your tutor will carry out the manoeuvre with a full verbal description as we go a couple of times so you have a chance to observe and feel comfortable trying it yourself.
Prompted Practice – Once you are comfortable, you can then try the manoeuvre whilst your tutor prompts you with a word here and there as a reminder as you concentrate on carrying out your manoeuvre
Transferred Responsibility – Yay – this is the bit you get to do it yourself and practice.
To prepare yourself to be on time for your session and ready to go when your tutor arrives for you
Follow all instructions given by the trainer
Be thoughtful, co-operate and be tolerant
Respect others right to learn without interruption
Be well mannered, considerate, and friendly to each other, staff, and other students
Self-discipline, common sense, and respect for others
Let your tutor know if you are taking ANY prescribed or unprescribed medication – even if it is over the counter for a headache so that we can make a decision as to whether it could affect your driving performance
The following behaviors will not be tolerated by either the tutor or the student or any staff member of ALL TERRAIN DRIVING ACADEMY
Rude or abusive language
Bullying, whether verbal or physical
Damaging or stealing property
Possessing or using alcohol or harmful drugs before, during, or after your planned session. If it is believed you are under the influence o drugs or alcohol we reserve the right to breath test you with our commercial breathalyser and or remove you immediately from the vehicle and call the appropriate authority
Violent or threatening behavior including road rage
Sharon is very experienced when it comes to driver education. An NZTA approved driving instructor, a defensive driving instructor in STREETALK and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Driving Educators and a fully qualified assessor carrying out driver assessments for various NZ government organisations. Sharon is an off road driver trainer too, so you are in experience and patient hands.
You can contact Sharon on 021 029 28023 ( a text is always better) if you have any questions.