Many people find the art of learning to drive is more difficult than it looks. For at least 17 years they have been sitting next to, or behind, experienced drivers who make it look so easy. There is however a great deal to learn when having driving lessons. it is necessary to train the brain to think in a whole new way. Obviously some people will find it much easier than others but as a professional instructor I will help in any way I can utilising several teaching methods to find the best way for my students to learn and achieve their goals.
Initially there are several modules to learn. Starting with control of the car. Coordination and multitasking with each limb doing something different. With practice I will be able get you to control the car blindfolded. Not actually going to ask you to drive like that though!!!
Secondly are the basics of driving. Moving off, stopping, hill starts, left turns and right turns. This is where observations play a very VERY important part.
Next is being able to deal with the fixed hazards. Pedestrian crossings, traffic lights roundabouts (This is when the phrase 'I hate roundabouts' is learnt), dual carriageways and country lanes. Also to learn are manoeuvres such as parallel parking, also known as reverse parking, turn in the road, reversing round corners, bay parking and emergency stop.
Finally is getting to grips with 'other road users'! And understanding precisely what they are capable of doing and the effect that could have on your driving.
Through out the course we will concentrate on Situation Awareness. Understanding that it is not so much what can be seen but realising what cannot be seen. I also want you to learn my favourite phrase, eyes on full beam. In other words looking as far ahead as possible, assessing the situation so that nothing comes as a surprise.
Example of Situation Awareness