Learning to drive a car competently and safely takes a lot longer than you think. As well as being able to control the car, you have to be able to observe, make decisions and predict what others will do. Louis has developed lesson plans that are planned to slowly assist you in progressing and learning at the right level… It's imperative that you achieve that specific goal before moving onto more complex goals.
The learning goals have been divided into sections based on the level of experience needed to achieve them. The important thing is making sure you have achieved each goal before moving on to the more complex goals. This will ensure a progressive learning path and make more difficult tasks easier to achieve when you come to them.
The FOUR levels of Learning Goals
- Building A Foundation
- Traffic Skills
- Low Risk Driving
- Gaining Experience
BUILDING A FOUNDATION
The overall aim of this section is to build a strong foundation upon which to continue the learning process. The primary focus will be on developing basic vehicle control skills.
Building a foundation
- Preparing to Drive - Make all required adjustments to enable safe, comfortable and effective control of the vehicle
- Vehicle Control - Locate and understand the functions of control, gauges and warning lights
- Moving off and stopping - Move the vehicle and return to the kerb
- Steering - Use a smooth effective method of steering
- Changing Gears - Change gears smoothly and efficiently to suit road conditions, speed and vehicle requirements
- Scanning - Use your eyes to scan the driving environment for important information on hazards
- Reversing - Safely reverse the vehicle
The overall aim of the next section is to develop the necessary skills to be able to interact with traffic in a range of common situations. Learning goals are more complex and will require a higher level of mulit-taskings. Focus will be on gaining experience in traffic, parking the car and understanding relevant road rules.TRAFFIC SKILLS
- Simple Traffic Safely and legally drive in low to medium density, simple traffic situations
- Parking Park Park the car safely and legally
- Complex Traffic Safely and legally drive in medium huge density, complex traffic situations
- Lane Changing Safely and legally change lanes, merge, diverge and overtake other vehicles
LOW RISK DRIVING
Low risk driving is consciously choosing to apply driving behaviours that can significantly reduce the risk of crashing..
- Speed management Maintain crash avoidance space to the front of the vehicle by managing speed
- Road Positioning Maintaining crash avoidance space to the sides of the vehicle by selecting appropiate road positions
- Decision making Make safe decisions when joining or crossing traffic, lane changing or proceeding at traffic lights
- Responding to hazards Protect crash avoidance space by making an appropriate response to hazards
The overall aim during this period is to gain as much experience as possible in a wide range of driving environments. The key focus is to become an increasingly independent low risk driver in all driving conditions.
- Driving at night Gain experience driving at night
- Driving in adverse conditions Gain experience driving in adverse conditions such as wet weather, fog, snow.
- Country driving Gain experience driving in rural environments
- City and motorway driving Gain experience driving in complex and busy city traffic and motorway environments
Congratulations on completing the learning modules. Your intensive training has prepared you to drive for competently and confidently. To assess your learning and driving ability contact Louis for a Mock test in preparation for your driving test. GOODLUCK