Lesson before test – Wednesday 23.11.22 11:15 amuntil 12.15 pm followed by attendance as support person throughout the restricted driving test.
A good effort and understanding of what is required for you to successfully pass your test Mathew once you settled into your drive. You displayed calm and courteousness as you navigated the test route. Knowing that you very nearly passed your test means you have some little areas to work on. However, those areas are now very important to work on as well as making sure other areas of your driving skill and attitude remain high.
Looking at the test feedback from the testing officer, which I felt was very fair as your support person, please now really practice the following :
Gap selection can improve and you need to practice when it is safe without holding up traffic or causing another car to take evasive action. Judgment is key here and practice is needed.
Signal – critical that you ALWAYS signal as you missed a couple of these on your driving test. Remember to signal also to leave a roundabout correctly.
Looking both ways at intersection. Vital to understand that although your right is clear, you also need to ensure the left is also clear and keep checking as you pull out of the intersection.
Your parallel park could be closer to the kerb ( although not too close.) practice is needed.
Read carefully the feedback from the testing officer and really work on these points in your practice now and prior to the next test. I look forward to helping you again.
Lesson before test – Monday 21.11.22 11:30am
Mathew, the lesson that we carried out today, prior to your upcoming test, was a good solid effort. We covered everything today in the Massey-Westgate area, mainly thinking about slowing down to accomplish everything you need to do in front of you, to be able to give yourself time to think. This is now so vital when you go to do your test. Taking everything in your stride, without holding drivers up. You did very well, and you navigated everything. Think of the right turn into the median strips, that’s something I would still like to do a little bit with you, just before you sit your test tomorrow. Well done Mathew.
Lesson #1 – Tuesday 8th November 1pm until 2.30pm
Mathew – it was good to meet you today. Now that you have tried twice to pass your restricted driving test, I am pleased you are allowing me to help you to make it through on your third attempt. My feedback from yesterday’s session is as follows :
You have some great driving skills and now require fine-tuning of those skills to make sure you manage to fit everything in. Remember that speed and steering can’t go together and that normally results in mistakes. Instead, use the give-way triangle on any give-way intersection s your signal to crawl from that point to provide you with much-needed assessment time. Head checks are vital to avoid hitting a cyclist on the left or another vehicle on the right so think about every time your bonnet of the vehicle needs to change direction, even if merging! A head check at all times must be performed and it must be over the shoulder towards the rear of the vehicle as that is your blind spot.
Think about when you need to touch your brake, always carry out a rear view mirror check.
Think about practicing turning right into a flush median
I also need you to practice your parallel parking and three-point turn technique.
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.