Fully qualified Approved Driving Instructor with over 18 years experience.
Catering for all levels of ability, from complete beginner to Pass Plus.
MOTORWAY / REFRESHER LESSONS
Motorways can be a very scary type of road indeed, some people who very rarely use motorways in their everyday lives find motorways extremely confusing and stressful. So when it is necessary to use them those drivers are prepared to go to extreme lengths to avoid them as much as humanly possible.
This needent be the case, for just a matter of a few hours driving with a qualified instructor, it will give the client the chance to drive in a situation they would normally never dare deal with, but with the reassurance of having someone to watch,help and assist.
During the motorway course we will have the time to look at the important aspects of safe motorway driving such as:
- Map reading.
- Journey planning.
- Motorway signs.
- Joining/leaving (use of slip lanes).
- Correct lane position and selection.
- Decisions when changing lanes.
- Use of speed and speed limits.
Due to the location of motorways, they may not be near to the clients address and it isn't always possible to get straight onto a motorway. That is why the motorway course is 3 hours long. Assuming that it will take 25-30 minutes to get to a motorway, that is in effect nearly 1 hour of the lesson used up just by travelling to and from where we need to be. Before getting onto the motorway we would stop and go through the clients knowledge of some basic principles of motorway driving and then once Its been established it will be safe to go straight onto the motorway, we will take a short drive, stop at a safe location and recap on the drive, finding out the clients thoughts of how things have gone and suggesting remedial action if necessary. Then take a longer drive to practice the topics that we have been discussing.
By the end of the drive, the aim of the course should hopefully have been achieved. It takes small steps, and this course should not be looked upon as a 100% cure to issues. More of a step in the right direction which the client can practically use from that point onwards.
If the client would prefer to look at any other aspects of motorway driving, then I can suit the course to fit in with the clients needs so it benefits the client as much as possible. Afterall, the main aim of the course is to give the client more confidence and to be less afraid of dealing with these roads and to be safer drivers.
Reverse parking for example is something that quite a few drivers try to avoid after passing their test, especially if they struggled with it on their lessons. So after a while of driving they suddenly realise that they have lost the ability to complete the manoeuvre sucessfully. Then lets say for example, they move house or get a job where there is poor parking facilities and the only option is to park on the road. Then all of a sudden they need to remember how to do it. This can really put the fear of god into them.
The simple answer is to have a refresher lesson to either brush up on the rusty skills they already have or to learn the manoeuvre from scratch. What is really required in either case is to give the client a simple, effective and easy to remember routine that they understand and can follow on their own, that will work for them.
There are many different ways to teach this routine and over the years as an instructor the routine I teach has developed and evolved into a routine that I believe, just about anyone can follow given a little bit of practice. Is the routine itself enough to succceed?
No. What REALLY counts is that it makes sense in the clients mind and they understand what it is they are actually doing and why. Then it will work. Hence, no more panic or stress about doing the manoeuvre on a busy public road.
On the refresher lesson we would go to a suitably local and quiet area to dicover exactly what the clients current understanding of the manoeuvre is. Then simply either build on what they already know adding a few vital missing bits of useful information OR start completely from scratch. Once the client understands the routine we then go and practice. Some people pick it up immediately, however sometimes it can take a bit of trial and error before things click into place.
These are two exapmles of refresher lessons, if there is anything else that the client would prefer to brush up on you can contact me by email then I can design a course to cater for your specific requirements, regardless of what the subject might be.
All of the courses are completed in my training vehicle, and NOT in the clients own vehicle so there is no concern that the client has to also cover the cost of fuel as well as the price of the course. Also the training vehicle is fitted with dual controls so in the event of anything going wrong I am able to take any physical action required by using the spare pedals if necessary. Once the course is over then it is down to the client to go away and practice what they have learnt. There is no point learning something and then allowing yourself to forget it again. Very importantly dont be afraid to practice.