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Learner Driver

If you are looking for the quickest possible way of obtaining your full UK driving licence, with an experienced and fully qualified DVSA driving instructor, then we can help get you booked on to an intensive or semi-intensive driving course.

We specialise in Intensive Courses / Weekly Lessons because we believe they are both a better way for pupils to learn to drive.

If you are looking to book a course then contact us, and we arrange a 1 and 1/2 hour’s assessment lesson for you, during which we get to meet you, and understanding your needs.

We can evaluate you’re driving skills and recommend a course for you. After the assessment we’ll arrange dates and times to booking your practical test for you.  So all you need to do is turn up with an open mind and willing to learn.

The main reason we work in this way is so we can provide you with the best chances for you to pass your driving test. It doesn’t matter if you are a novice or someone who has had some training in the past, and need to pass either the theory & practical tests, or just the practical test.

I am a grade A driving instructor passing the DVSA standards check, 51/51 proving the teaching methods with over 30 years of experience.

Easy Learning Stages

Learn to drive in easy stages

We know you are alert and keen at the start of your training with a readiness to follow instructions and practice in your eager anticipation of the next bit. Too often your initial desire does not have the impetus or strength to keep your full interest and attention throughout your training and, the whole course of your learning.

Whilst on my training interest will be stimulated and maintained through encouragement and approval for effort.

The setting of intermediate and easily attainable targets (short-term goals) will help to reinforce your progress and give me ‘feed-back’. To maintain your high level of performance and learning you will be rewarded and encouraged to greater and, even further achievement.

These Stages will help to organise a sometimes haphazard learning situation and help to prevent you being thrown-in at the ‘deep-end’ before you can not swim, nor will the intermediate Stages be as formidable to you as your far-away Driving Test.

Stages will help you to make a more accurate estimate of your own progress and to make more useful comparisons with other learners.

Allowing for human error, these Stages are as technically correct as possible and soundly based on good teaching and learning principles.

It is difficult to suit all of the people all of the time but, within certain defined limits, these Stages are flexible enough to suit your needs most of the time.

As I’ve already suggested, a module of learning is a self contained unit which is, in itself, complete. For example the manoeuvring exercises are in themselves, complete, and could be taught in total isolation and independently from the other driving skills.

Control skills could be taught separately from theoretical knowledge of the Highway Code. However, in driving terms it is questionable whether this is practical, desirable or acceptable. Hence the Stages are progressive and overlapping modules.

Some Stage 3 objectives may have been achieved by you whilst still in Stage 2. If you are in Stage 3 you may still be trying to achieve some Stage 2 objectives. Therefore, overlapping these modules builds in the flexibility which would otherwise make these Stages too ridged.

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Each is a separate Stage of Learning and can be dealt with as a separate entity depending on the standard which you have achieved.

Subject to location available, a careful choice of ‘off-the-road’ training area or roads should be made to ensure that where possible there will be as few external distractions to you as possible. I will try to keep you calm and relaxed and I will not over-stretch you. If you become distressed I will stop you – and then we will start again.

Stage One

Introduction to the vehicle and its controls,

Gear Shift Systems. Why Gears? When? And how to change?

Explanation of steering – Correct and incorrect position of hands and the ‘push-pull’ method of moving the wheel. Position and keeping well to the left in normal driving.

Co-ordination of the three previous practical/skill periods. Making normal progress to suit the varying road and traffic conditions. Practice.

Again, subject to the locality, we choose quiet roads avoiding where possible busy road junctions, where you may feel rushed or become anxious because you feel you are holding up other traffic.

Stage Two

Is an extension of Stage 1; each objective must be achieved but not necessarily on the same lesson.

  •  ACCPETABLE CONTROL = basically correct manner.
  • Suburban driving, road junctions, crossroads. The ‘System’.
  • REASONABLE CONTROL = correct and sound in manner, smooth

You should now begin to apply the control learned in the previous Stages. Busier junctions may be used but the situation will be ‘basic-rule-type’ junctions, avoiding the complicated and the exceptions where this is possible.

  • Town driving. – Taking the prompt and appropriate action on all traffic signs, road markings,
  • The control. – Development of road observation and planning.

In order to achieve a reasonable degree of flexibility for both of us, you, the manoeuvres are separated from the main Stages. I will use my own judgement in relation to each of you, pupils, when deciding what is best for you as individuals. I may cover this Stage parallel with the others when I consider your skills adequate to ensure reasonable success, or I may use certain exercises to develop your control skills if this is felt desirable.

  • Parking close to the kerb using reverse gear (as if into a meter-bay) under control and with due regard for other road users.
  • Bay parking exercise if car parks.
  • You will be asked to do a angle start.
  • You will be asked to do normal stops
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Stage Three

  • Town driving. – Taking the prompt and appropriate action on all traffic signs, road markings,
  • The control. – Development of road observation and planning.

In order to achieve a reasonable degree of flexibility for both of us, you, the manoeuvres are separated from the main Stages. I will use my own judgement in relation to each of you, pupils, when deciding what is best for you as individuals. I may cover this Stage parallel with the others when I consider your skills adequate to ensure reasonable success, or I may use certain exercises to develop your control skills if this is felt desirable.

Manoeuvres

  • Turn round by means of forward and reverse gears under control and with due regard for other road users. (Commonly known as the 3 point turn).
  • Reversing into a limited opening to the left under control and with due regard for other road users.
  • Parking close to the kerb using reverse gear (as if into a meter-bay) under control and with due regard for other road users.
  • Bay parking exercise if car parks. – You will be asked to do a angle start.
  • You will be asked to do normal stops

It should now be possible to progressively introduce more complex and busier situations, covering all possible variations to the basic rules.

I will ensure that the learning is based on ‘understanding’. Further to the development of you as a ‘thinking driver’ and improve your forward planning. This will be a time for consolidation of all previous Stages by more practical applications.

ADEQUATE CONTROL = to driving test standard with only slight errors.

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Stage Four

City driving. – Lane discipline, -one-way systems, -information and direction signs, -roundabouts and gyratory systems,- moving with traffic, -pedestrians, -pedestrian crossings and ‘Pelicans’.

Primary Route driving, – dual-carriageways. -Entering from the slip-road and the proper use of the acceleration lane. -Correction of speed to cope with the different traffic speeds. – Lane discipline, – road markings,

Different conditions after leaving a ‘high-speed’ dual-carriageway.

Stage Five

Final preparation for the ‘Driving Test’ will include ‘mock tests’. As I was a Driving Examiner myself, conducting test on behalf of the DSA, I do not allow the pupil to form the wrong ideas of the DVSA’s Examiners or the Driving Test. I also guard against the ‘halo-effect’ and its opposite pole when I conduct mock tests. Confidence and self reliance is your main aim.