A lot of progress today!!! Well done. If you can retain the mindset of steering with the push and pull method and less is more to avoid swerving of the vehicle. If you can also think through your eye looking as far into the distance as you can so that your car stays in the center of the lane. Think along the lines of you are now the driver and not the passenger so avoid pulling too far to the right and when you see oncoming traffic, try not to pull too far to the left because of nerves. You also today started to pick up on changing gears with your left hand from 3rd to 4th and then to 5th and then back to 4th and 3rd. I look forward to having you use your feet to change gears next time as we take a similar route for you to put all the skills you have begun to learn into practice together.
Lesson #2 – 9th February 10.00 am until 11.30am
I think we achieved a lot today by working as a team with my handling the clutch and gears through the dual controls giving you a chance to get into the town environment and focus on steering, looking into the road as far as 12 seconds, indicating smoothly, and assessing hazards. This all takes practice and does get easier, therefore improving your confidence. Please focus on the following videos as the nest step/lesson will be for you to take over now and again the gears and clutch function so you can slowly get used to multi-tasking in a manual vehicle. However, we will only go at your pace so that you build resilience at the same time.
Lesson #1 – 9th December 1.30 pm until 3.00 pm
It was a pleasure to meet you Rika. A great investment in yourself is to learn how to drive a manual car. You did very well, to begin with, with some low-speed manoeuvring in 1st gear and we will continue to focus on the smooth changing into second and third as well as using the gears to slow down and how to change from 3rd to 2nd to 1st using the footbrake at the same time to control the speed of the vehicle. We will try some very quiet back streets next time.
Licence check is complete and today we are going to be covering the following. Please read the lesson templates as they will help you to understand the bigger picture of what we are trying to achieve in our driving standard.
Please read the following lesson plans. They are a guide for your driving instructor to ensure you learn correctly all the skills required to carry out each of these tasks.
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.