Learning to drive really isnt that difficult

Thursday 17th May, 2012 at 10:05 COMMENTS (5)

Learning to drive really isn't that difficult so why do so mean people struggle for so long?

Every day I have conversations with people looking for help, desperate to find a solution to their anxieties about driving.  anxious learner_ driver

Typically these cause individuals to either stop driving for long periods of time or resort to changing the type of car they drive. 

Three main areas of concern crop up time and time again which are typically caused by, I'm afraid to say, driving instructors. 

Manoeuvres and the ability to either change gear correctly or control the car when moving off is the Achilles heel of driving. 

I would suggest that these common faults are easily overcome for the majority through clearer instruction and very simply more defined practice. 

Reverse Parking as an example

This is a manoeuvre that mimics the moving off at an angle (forward) procedure just backward. 

In all my years, I have not known a driving instructor to teach a pupil no more than, move slowly, turn the wheel in the direction you want to go and straighten up when you can see that you are clear of the obstruction. 

Yet, when in reverse gear, all sorts of weird and not so wonderful methods are employed by the instructor. 

Two obvious examples of this horror spring to mind, both caused error and distress and have many variations. 

In this example, you'll need to clear your mind and focus on the task.  The instruction went as follows, "...reverse back until the nearside mirror is level with the bumper then turn 90 degrees, when the front of the car is level with the bumper turn another 90 degrees". 

Are you following so far? The instruction then continued, "...when you can see the kerb in the mirror, turn half a turn to the right then continue back until you straighten the steering wheel". 

Whilst conducting a teaching observation, the instructor set reverse park as the aim and then continued with, "we will try to do a reverse park but don't worry no one ever does it correctly first time". 

The pupil was doomed to fail and didn't get it right in any of the seven attempts.  The glass half full or half empty springs to mind. 

In neither example was the pupil taught to look behind nor act upon what was seen. 

Clutch control and gear changing.

All too frequently pupils are either persuaded or opt for turning to an automatic car because of the embarrassment of stalling too often or alarm at the resulting consequences of changing to the wrong gear. 

Very simply, the ability to move a car from stationary and knowing why and how to change gear will need thorough practice after the instruction. 

I remember an instructor telling me how a pupil infuriated him because they stalled or didn't stop where suggested after four lessons.  When I enquired why, I was told the pupil had only been allowed four attempts to practice moving off before encountering traffic and situations. 

Pupils and instructors must be prepared to take enough time to master this skill and boost the confidence necessary to enjoy driving. 

Whilst, both areas are part of the syllabus and relevant to driving they do distract from the priority that is observation and planning and shouldn't cause concerns for pupils. 

Learning to drive can be really simple and can be achieved through clear simple aims and practice. 

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Friday 22nd September, 2017 @ 5:36 am
We all want to learn how to drive and I think if we have motivation and goal in life we will not see that it is really difficult. Thanks for the article it made us realized that driving is not that hard but just an easy thing to do.
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Friday 22nd September, 2017 @ 5:36 am
Have to agree, I get so many new pupils that have been baffled by all the sightline stickers and overcomplicated techniques used by other instructors. Keep it simple, make it enjoyable and create a safer more confident driver.
Friday 22nd September, 2017 @ 5:36 am
Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciate you writing this write-up
plus the rest of the site is really good.
I Mustafa
I Mustafa
Friday 22nd September, 2017 @ 5:36 am
It is annoying when instructors don't give students enough time to develop their skills, and become frustrated at this. I think the mark of a great instructor is patience and positivity.
Friday 22nd September, 2017 @ 5:36 am
I am very surprised that you have met all the driving instructors in this country......oh, you haven't ? Then how can you tar us all with the same brush? Rediculous!

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