Lesson #11 – Thursday 06.10.22 1:15pm
Ryan, great to see your confidence level improving. We’ve discussed on many occasions why you get nervous around driving, and what your fears are, so well done for overcoming that.
What I want to focus on now is your technicality, on getting everything in that you need. Your head checks are fantastic, I would like you to practice your parallel park, 3-point turn, and u-turn, this is now essential. What I want to do is get you to drive with mum or dad on the motorway. and just get you to do the little onramp, then come off at the next off ramp, drive around, come back on, and then come off. You’ve really got to focus on that traffic light system, you’re merging on the onramps, you’re matching your speed, and you’re getting to where you need to be so you can join the motorway safely. Then I want you to think about what you need to do to exit the motorway safely. I do have to say, you ‘ve got to use your handbrake. There are too many times when we’re sitting at a junction on a slight hill and the Leaf tends to roll back. So you’ve got to get used to using that electronic handbrake, that would come off automatically when you start to move forward. Apart from a couple of missed head checks as you came off a roundabout pretty good today, look forward to seeing you again.
Lesson 10 – Fri 23.09 10am
Ryan, you’ve done well, you’ve pretty much covered everything today that you’re going to need to know in preparation for your restricted driving test. However there are some smaller details we’re now going to need to work on. When we go onto the motorway, what I need you to practice is your confidence levels at staying in a lane, and working on your anxiousness at holding maybe 90km/hr if conditions allow. I want you to also practice lane changing – so I need you to be confident that you will check your mirrors first, then indicate for the direction you want to change into, check mirrors again, then head check and subtly pull out after you’re absolutely sure your head check is clear. I also want you to practice pulling in after you’ve changed lanes, so that you can also follow the same process if you overtake a slower vehicle. I also want you to pay particular attention to when you leave an offramp, checking mirrors and indicating, and only gradually then once you’re on the offramp reducing speed. Then the opposite way, is that when you then join an onramp, you match your speed very quickly to the speed limit, or matching your speed with the traffic on the motorway so that you can merge like a zip, making sure you’ve obeyed any merge instructions, and also any traffic lights that might be controlling traffic that comes onto the motorway.
What I would like to do in our next lesson is carry out a pre-test assessment in Massey. I want to go round the test route, and I want to be looking at your head checks, indication, how you handle moving into a merge flush median, how you join the traffic, the different headsets needed around moving between suburban, urban. and motorway environments, as well as rural. And then we will get ready for moving on down to where your test is at the location you’ve chosen on your test date. So I look forward to seeing you again.
Exceptional driving today in the dual control. You are progressing well. Feedback for consideration would be to learn to slow down as you identify hazards, you are missing a few head checks and I suggest one more lesson in dual control with either motorway or complex roundabouts.
Ryan, fantastic to have such a positive third lesson today. Some solid and careful manoeuvring around the cemetery today and I felt that having an off ramp to pull over to the left if you needed to be a good back up plan on your drive home. However, you drove home well in a safe and careful manner without inconveniencing other road users. I would suggest that you think about speed management moving forward as you have a tendancey to race a little over the 50km per hour. I also think it would be good next time to begin the next stage of mastering emergency stopping techniques and learning how to slow down in various ways to be able to adapt to any given situation. This will also help to know when to react and slow down if the need arises whilst being able to steer in a different direction. Great job Ryan, I am really looking forward to our next lesson. I think this time, I will drive us to somewhere I know to be quiet and easy for you to begin to navigate whilst also giving you the option of driving home if you feel inclined to do so. This is great progress.
It is good to understand your fears and concerns as we drove to the cemetery today. It gave me an opportunity to understand how we can overcome your uncertainty around other road users. However, you did do very well to navigate the various road challenges including the railway crossing. I have understood that when you focus on other subjects whilst driving, you tend to drive more comfortably with less nervousness, so maybe we can find a balance of chatting about books and interesting facts whilst we retain a good level of communication in the vehicle. Your skills are improving in just a short time as you navigated much more easily the cemetery smaller road system. Your reversing and parking skills are very good. My recommendation is the I drive on our next meeting to the cemetery, and we take half of the lesson bedding in around the cemetery before we take a left-hand loop back home. We can take it section by section with you having the ability to pull in safely to the left with indication and mirror check. I believe taking each section by section will allow you to take in the road in more digestible chunks until you feel confident in looping all the sections together.
We have identified that you feel nervous when on the road as a new driver. However, driving in the cemetery grounds has allowed an opportunity to get a feel for turning right and left, indicating, mirrors and head checks which I feel you carried out very well. You began to drive to the speed limit (30km) comfortably. If you do get the opportunity to practice, please try to look well ahead (12 seconds) (4 lampposts) so that your vision is far enough ahead that your car will follow through gaps in a comfortable space. You have a very good grasp of the rules required when driving and this will be a great foundation as you overcome the nerves you feel when on the road. I believe a couple of further lessons are needed in the cemetery grounds to help your confidence.