USEFUL PARENT INFORMATION
As a concerned parent, I was immensely worried about hearing/seeing Road Rage, Accidents and Fatalities on a daily basis in the media. I didn't want my kids to be a statistic.. So, using my previous facilitation and coaching skills (major international organisation) I became an accredited Driving Instructor. I committed to keeping my skills up to date whilst coaching novice drivers about attitude, skills and behaviors .I didn't want my kids to become another statistic.
I wanted to close the gap in the current Driving curriculum. I severely wanted to make the learner a SAFER &.CONFIDENT in a timely manner. I undertook additional training such as Safer Driver course, Defensive driving techniques and Advanced Driving techniques which I incorporate into the driving lesson.
My passion and enthusiasm for coaching is infectious in a fun and safe environment, whilst making a difference for the driver and community.
Supervising drivers must hold a current full Australian driver licence. As a supervising driver you will need to have a good understanding of the road rules, be a competent driver and be able to effectively communicate information and ideas clearly.
When working with your learner driver: Master easiest tasks first, then the more difficult skills. Discuss then demonstrate new tasks before the learner attempts them. Use 'commentary driving' where you both describe what's happening inside and outside the car. Start on quiet streets in daylight, before busier road conditions. Let your learner learn at their pace. Don't criticise mistakes. Discuss the task and try again. If things get tense, take a break. Praise the learner when praise is due.
As a supervising driver, you will be required to mark off the learner driver’s progress against a range of key task points contained in the log book. The book contains instructions on how you should do this. The log book requires learner drivers who are under 25 years old to have at least 120 hours of supervised driving, which includes 20 hours of night driving, before attempting the Driving Test. Night driving starts from sunset of one day and ends at sunrise on the following day. Learner drivers who complete a one hour structured driving lesson with a fully licensed driving instructor (Lou’s Driving School) can record three hours driving experience in their learner driver log book. A maximum of 10 hours of lessons will be accepted and recorded as 30 hours in the Learner driver log book..
New drivers have a much higher risk of crashing than more experienced ones. After 12 months of driving, new drivers almost halve their initial crash rate and their safety continues to improve for several years after licensing. Common crashes involving probationary licence drivers include:
- Running into the back of another vehicle.
- Turning right at intersections.
- Being hit by a right turning vehicle.
- Single vehicle crashes.
Crashes are rarely just bad luck. Many of these crashes can be avoided if learners get lots of experience and practice some key safe driving behaviours:
- Leaving a safe space and following distance from other vehicles.
- Good speed control, adjusted to match trafﬁc conditions and the road environment.
- Choosing a safe gap in trafﬁc when turning and merging.
Encouraging safe behaviours is an important part of your work with your learner driver. It’s also important to help your learner understand that other road users don’t always give way, behave as expected or act legally. Driving safely at all times can’t be emphasised enough.
You need to keep the following in mind:
- Learning to drive is hard. It seems easy once you’ve done it for a few years, but it can be a challenge for learners, even those with good coordination skills.
- Have realistic expectations because your learner will make mistakes. Sometimes they’ll have trouble applying their new skills to challenging situations.
- Let your learner know (often) that you expect it will take lots of practice to become a safer driver.
- Keep reinforcing the message that developing skills takes lots of time and practice. It helps to keep over-conﬁdence under control.
- Work with your learner. When you’re planning practice sessions and driving routes early on, get them involved. Check that they’re happy with each session and ask their suggestions about what to include.
- Don’t be afraid to take over driving if the conditions change. If your learner doesn’t have much experience in the rain and you drive into a storm, take over so you both stay safe. Your learner shouldn’t drive beyond their ability.
- You will have to give critical feedback sometimes. If it’s important, do this while driving, but sometimes it’s better to suggest parking somewhere safe to talk. This way you can provide feedback without interfering with your learner’s concentration.
- Learning a new skill is difﬁcult and criticism can lead to a defensive reaction. Minimise this with the following:
- Keep positive and include praise when your learner does well.
- Ask your learner what they think of their own driving, rather than make a direct criticism.
- Focus on the importance of safety rather than criticising their driving skill.
As an accredited instructor, you must be aware of the new rules. My Facebook page called “Lou’s Driving School” has Road rules reminders/testing on a weekly basis and interesting facts/figures.
Other support, coaching and assessments:
- Support anxiety learners
- Conduct Mock (simulations)
- Facilitate and Coach Safety Driver Coach to learners
- Support/Mentor new drivers
- One on one coaching
- Conduct Older Driver Assessments (Driving Test)
- Soon to conduct Learner / Driver workshops
- Include Defensive and Advanced Driving skills
Learners can have problems with some driving activities. If you’re aware of them, you can include extra practice opportunities for them in your sessions, but only include this when your learner is ready. Surveys of learners and their parents suggest the most common difficulties are:
- Scanning intersections for turning vehicles, pedestrians and other hazards.
- Judging gaps in trafﬁc.
- Judging the position of their own vehicle on the road.
- Judging speed.
- Driving on high speed roads.
- Driving in rain and fog.
- Changing lanes.
- Heavy trafﬁc.
- Reverse Parking
Louis, your accredited and professional driving instructor, can also help with hints and advice on any areas of uncertainty. Many learners have difﬁculty grasping some important safety concepts. It might help to talk with them about the following dangers:
- Anticipating hazards.
- Driving when tired.
- Driving when emotional, stressed or upset.
- Distractions such as passengers, radio noise, looking at maps or using a mobile phone while driving.
- Following other cars too closely.
The first few months of a P plater’s driving are stressful for parents and friends. There are things you can do to reduce their risk. Driving seems pretty easy most of the time. As long as nothing unexpected happens and your new driver drives carefully and legally, they should be safe. However, unexpected things do happen. Sometimes drivers make mistakes or make poor judgements. P platers are especially crash prone, particularly in their ﬁrst year of driving. Here are some facts to keep in mind:
- P platers have three times the risk of being in a crash where at least one person is injured or killed.
- They have three times the risk of having a single vehicle crash, such as running off the road.
- Their crash risk in the ﬁrst few months is very high compared to later in the probationary period.
- Even with 120 hours of experience as a learner, P platers are still developing safe driving skills and still have a high risk of crashing.
- A quarter of ﬁrst year P platers involved in fatal crashes are carrying multiple passengers.
- First year P platers have one third of their fatal crashes between 10 pm and 6 am.
Young drivers are safer when they drive for a speciﬁc purpose. They’re less safe when they drive just for fun. One message you can communicate is that there’s a link between your learner’s safety and their general lifestyle. Driving is part of everyone’s lives. Most people integrate driving into their general lifestyle; to get them from one place to another. The car is a tool they use to meet their other needs. For others, cars and driving are central to their lives and they don’t need a reason to drive. This type of driving is associated with a higher crash risk. Encourage your learner to see the car as a tool they can use when there’s a reason to get somewhere.
This well executed course is conducted by www.performancedrivingaustralia.com.au at Eastern Creek Race Track.This essential practical course is best conducted after driving solo by themselves for a couple of months. .I strongly believe this one day value for money course will heighten the novice drivers current driving performance as well as prepare to the driver for driving emergencies, that will happen. Lets prepare them to deal with these emergencies and prevent them from happening. Click on the link above.
- Coaching 30 mins in your car. This puts you at ease
- Conduct the Driving Test in your comfort zone. Its approx. 20 minutes
- On passing your free for another 2 years with out
Now we’ve given you the tools to help your learner get at least 120 hours of driving experience. Good luck in helping your learner become a safe and licensed driver!