MOST ACCIDENTS HAPPEN IN FAMILIAR  SURROUNDINGS, WE BECOME TO COMFORTABLE WITH OUR OWN BACK YARDS, IT IS JUST AS IMPORTANT TO OBSERVE WHAT IS AROUND US IN OUR OWN STREET  AS IT IS ON THE FREEWAY OR COUNTRY ROADS. DIFFERENT TOWNS, CITIES, AND STREETS HAVE THERE OWN HAZARDS AND OBSTACLES. LEARNING TO DRIVE IS TO RECOGNIZE DIFFERENT SITUATIONS AND LEARN TO REACT WHEN FACED WITH THEM. DRIVING SKILLS ARE EASY TO LEARN IF TUITION IS CORRECTLY APPLIED AND MADE EASY TO  UNDERSTAND, OBSERVATION AND REACTION TO A HAZARD OR DANGEROUS SITUATION IS A LOT HARDER, AS THIS COMES WITH YEARS OF DRIVING, COMMON SENSE AND ROAD EDUCATION. HAVING TRAVELED MANY ROADS IN MANY COUNTRIES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD AND HAVE FACED OBSTACLES. HAZARDS, AND DANGEROUS SITUATIONS. WITH  MY EXPERIENCE, DEDICATION, DETIRMINATION TO SAVE LIVES ON THE ROADS I WILL DO MY BEST TO PASS ON MY KNOWLEDGE TO THE YOUTH OF TODAY. 


AUTOMATIC VERSES MANUAL


MANY PEOPLE ARE INDECISIVE AS TO LEARN TO DRIVE AN AUTOMATIC OR MANUAL CAR, MOST TEND TO THINK IF THEY LEARN MANUAL THEY CAN DRIVE BOTH, WHICH IS TRUE. WITH TODAYS TECHNOLOGY MANUAL CARS HAVE A VERY SHORT LIFE SPAN, ALREADY MANY CARS PARK THEMSELFS AND SOME EVEN DRIVE THEMSELFS ( sorry not on the market yet ) LEARNING TO DRIVING A MANUAL IS NOT AS EASY AS LEARNING TO DRIVE AN AUTOMATIC, ON TODAY'S BUSSY ROADS THE MOST IMPORTANT DRIVING ASSET WHEN LEARNING IS OBSERVATION. LEARNING TO DRIVE AN AUTOMATIC WILL GIVE YOU MORE TIME TO THINK ABOUT OBSERVING AND NOT HAVING TO WORRY ABOUT CLUTCH AND GEAR CHANGING, IT TAKES MOST PEOPLE LONGER TO CO-ORDINATE THE CONTROLS AND LEARN TO DRIVE A MANUAL. LEARNING TO DRIVE AN AUTOMATIC FIRST TAKES THE STRESS OUT OF LEARNING, ONCE YOU HAVE CONVIDENCE IN YOUR ABILITY TO DRIVE AND OBSERVE WHAT IS AROUND YOU AND TO REACT THEN PROCEED TO MANUAL. MY PERSONAL RECOMMENDATION IS TO START WITH  7 AUTOMATIC LESSONS AND 3 MANUAL TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOAL, ALL HOURS IN AUTOMATIC OR MANUAL ARE COUNTED TOWARDS YOUR FIRST 30 HOURS OVER TEN LESSONS.     

AS YOU LEARN USE THE INFORMATION BELOW TO REVISE  


1 DRIVER PREPERATION

DEMONSTRATE ALL THE AJUSTMENTS REQUIRED TO ENSURE SAFE, EFFECTIVE AND COMFORTABLE DRIVING.

  • current learners licence avalible
  • l plates correctly displayed
  • seating position ajusted for comfort and correct posture
  • safetly enters and exits the vehicle 
  • good accessibility to the controls
  • seat belt correctly fastened and ajusted
  • rear view mirrors correctly ajusted 
  • blind spots and blockouts' identified

 2 OPERATION OF CONTROLS.

LOCATE, IDENTIFY AND DESCRIBE THE FUNCTION AND OPERATION OF ALL CONTROLS GAUGES AND WARNING LIGHTS. 

  • accelerator
  • foot break
  • clutch/friction point-manual vehicles
  • gear lever and gear positions
  • hand brake
  • steering wheel / horn
  • ignition switch / steering lock
  • light switch, indicators and hazard lights
  • windscreen whipers and washers 
  • gauges and warning lights and signals
  • door locks                                                                                  

 3 START UP AND SHUT DOWN PROCEDURES. 

DEMONSTRATE ENGINE START UP AND SHUT DOWN.   

  

  • start  up procedures
  • hand brake appied
  • clutch in if manual
  • gear lever in neutral/park
  • foot brake on
  • turn ignition on, checks gauges, lights,alarms.
  • correctly starts motor
  • re-check

4  MOVE FROM AND RETURN TO THE KERB. 

 DEMONSTRATE MOVING OFF FROM THE KERB SAFTLY WHILE MAINTAINING FULL CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE.

  • select first gear or drive if automatic 
  • check mirrors and indicators
  • co-ordinates clutch/accelerator/foot brake if auotomatic 
  • release hand brake
  • checks blind spots
  • selects safe gap and drives away from kerb
  • check mirrors and indicators
  •  checks blind spots
  • selecta a safe gap and returns to kerb
  • correctly shuts down motor 

5 STEERING TECHNIQUES.

DEMONSTRATE AN EFFECTIVE METHOD OF STEERING.

  • use hand over hand method of steering
  • keep both hands on the outside of the wheel
  • hands in correct position, ten to two, quater to three and not on bottom of the wheel

6 OBSERVATION                                                      DEMONSTRATE FORWARD SCANNING AND REGULAR OBSERVATION TO THE SIDE AND REAR OF THE VEHICLE.

  • looks as far forward as possible, aims high
  • correct lymoves eyes to see the whole scene
  • turns head and scans eyes in the direction of turns corners and curves
  • perceives hazards and exercises appropriate caution
  • uses eye contact with other drivers
  • checks mirrors, blind spots.

7 GEAR CHANGING  

DEMONSTRATE SMOOTH, EFFICIENT GEAR SELECTION AND CHANGING TO SUIT ROAD AND TRAFFIC CONDITIONS, SPEED AND VEHICLE REQUIRMENTS.

  • correctly co-ordinates clutch, accelerator and gears
  • selects correct gear for speed and conditions     

8 HILL STARTS.

DEMONSTRATE CONTROLLED SMOOTH MOVING OFF UP A HILL, WITHOUT ROLLING BACKWARDS.

  • select first gear or drive if automatic
  • correct accelerator, hand brake and clutch co-ordination if manual
  • check mirrors, blind spots, and indicates
  • avoids rolling back
  • se   lect safe gap in traffic if applicable

9  LEFT AND RIGHT TURNS.

DEMONSTRATE SAFE AND LEGAL POSITIONING DURING LEFT AND RIGHT TURNS.

  • observation, check mirrors and blind spots
  • indicates in direction of turn.  
  • selects correct position on approach to turn
  • appropriate gear and speed for turn selected
  • select safe gap in traffic
  • correctly steers and exits turn
  • obeys road rules

10 LANE CHANGES AND MERGING.

DEMONSTRATE SAFE LANE CHANGING TO THE LEFT AND TO THE RIGHT OR WHEN MERGING

  • correctly positions vehicle befor and after changing lanes or merging
  • observation, check mirrior, blind spots
  • correctly ajusts speed
  • uses controls,gears and steering correctly
  • indicates intentions
  • selects a safe gap
  • saftly and legally merges or changed lanes 

11 INTERSECTIONS AND ROUNDABOUTS.

DEMEONSTRATE ABILITY TO SAFETLY NEGOTIATE  INTERSECTIONS AND ROUNDABOUTS

  • correctly positions, speed and gear on approach 
  • indicates correctly
  • observation, checks mirrors and blind spots
  • complies with traffic controls, lights, signs,and road markings
  • steers correctly
  • allows sufficient space and time to complete   manoeuvre safetly
  • correctly positions vehicle on departure and indicates if on a roundabout

12 SIGNS, ROAD MARKINGS AND TRAFFIC LIGHTS. 

DEMONSTRATE COMLIANCE WITH ROAD RULES BY DRIVING SAFETLY.

  • complies with traffic lights 
  • complies with regulatory signs 
  • complies with road markings

13 OVERTAKING. 

DEMONSTRATE SAFE OVER TAKING OF ANOTHER VEHICLE.


  • select a safe and legal place to overtake
  • perceives and resonds correctly to hazardes
  • indicates correctly 
  • observation, check mirrors and blind spots
  • selects appropriate speed
  • uses controls controls correctly
  • selects safe gap and completes  manoeuvre saftly
  • obeys raod rules

 14 REVERSE PARKING.

DEMONSTRATE SAFE AND ACCURATE PARKING BEHIND ANOTHER VEHICLE.

  • observation, check mirrors and blind spots
  • indicate to the left
  • correctly stop beside a parked vehicle
  • looks over shoulder to the rear of the vehicle while reversing
  • uses controls to reverse and steer behind the other parked vehicle
  • correct stoped position behind vehicle
  • leave parked position selecting a safe gap  

 15 U-TURNS AND THREE POINT TURNS.

DEMONSTRATE A SAFE  U-TURN AND THREE POINT TURN.

  • select safe and legal area for the turn
  • correctly positions the vehicle on the roadway for commencement of the turn
  • indicates in the direction of the turn
  • observation, checks mirrors and blind spots
  • selects a safe gap in traffic befor commencing the turn
  • correctly uses steering and controls
  • completes the turn saftly 
  • rejoins traffic safetly

 16 REVERSING.

DEMONSTRATE SAFE AND ACCURATE REVERSING               

  • select an appropriate stopping position
  • observation, check mirrors and blind spots
  • looks over shoulder while reversing
  • indicates itentions when necessary
  • uses controls correctly
  • correctly controls speed of vehicle
  • reverse to pre-determined point

 17 HYWAYS, HEAVY TRAFFIC AND MULTI-LANED ROADS.

DEMONSTRATE SAFE,ON DRIVING ON HYWAYS, MAIN ROADS OR MULTI- LANED ROADS IN HEAVIER  TRAFFIC 

  • maintains a safe position within lanes
  • observation, checks mirrors and blind spots
  • selects and keeps  appropriate speed
  • correctly manages fatigue
  • correctly uses controls
  • indicatesaintains a safe space around the vehicle
  • maintains a 3 sec distance from the car in front
  • obays road rules

18 NIGHT DRIVING.

DEMONSTRATE SAFE AND CONTROLLED DRIVING AT NIGHT. aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • uses day night mirror
  • correctly uses controls, headlights, hi low beam 
  • observation, checks mirrors and blind spots
  • selects appropriate speed
  • looks away from oncoming vehicle headlights
  • correctly manages night  fatique
  • maintains safe safe distance from vehicles
  • obey road rules 

19 ADVERSE CONDITIONS.

DEMONSTRATE SAFE  DRIVING IN ADVERSE CONDITION.

  • select appropriate speed for conditions
  • correctly use controls
  • allow for increased stopping distance
  • maintain a safe space from vehicles
  • maintain a safe space from hazards
  • obey road rules

20 HAZARD PERCEPTION.

DEMONSTRATE ABILITY TO PERCEIVE HAZARDS.

  • maintain a safe distance from vehicles in front
  • slows down or moves away from hazards
  • slows down when vision is poor
  • manages correct space from other vehicles
  • anticipates and forcasts driving events
  • identifies and responds to vision block outs
  • obeys road rules