Kalesh passed at Silverwater 97% first attempt

Congratulations!

 

Common give way rules, and, is 3 sec enough?

When there is a possibility that two or more vehicles from different directions might encounter, give way rules apply. Common sense here, no possibility to encounter,  no give way, e.g. you are going ahead, and a vehicle from right turning left .

There are two layers of give way, one is who goes first; another one is, how far away is safe enough. Let’s talk about who goes first, then safe gap later. Here are the common give way situations and rules:

T sections: The road ending to give way (unless sign posted differently)

+Cross sections: The sides with lines in front to give way

Roundabouts: Slow down and give way to the vehicles already in the roundabout

 

 

Traffic lights: Red lights – stop; Green lights, go if safe;  Blinking yellow lights: go with cautions; Stable Yellow lights: stop if safe. The arrow lights are for turning vehicles to follow only, if you are not turning, don’t follow arrow lights. You don’t need arrows to turn, round green lights allow you to turn as long as safe to do so (turning right on round green lights must give way to oncoming vehicles).

 

 

 

If anything above confuses you, please book a lesson asap for your safety and others. In real life driving, you have only a short moment to make decisions and any confusion could cause great danger and undesirable outcomes.

 

After discussing who goes first, lets talk about that if I need to give way, how far away the other vehicle is enough for me to go safely. Quite often we see other people cut us in dangerously, and this discussion and execution will make sure you avoid doing such a dangerous thing.

The 3 second gap is only safe to use when the other vehicle is NOT going same direction with your car.

 

 

 

 

 

When the other vehicle is going the same direction with you, you must add on the time for you to speed up from 0 kmh to 50~60 kmh, usually taking another 5 seconds, so the safe gap must be 3+5=8 seconds from your car.

Overseas license converted, and more

I had been driving overseas for a long time but failed to clear my driving test last year. So this year while on my maternity leave I decided to take driving classes from William on my husband’s recommendation and needless to say it yielded great results. William is a fantastic trainer, very passionate about teaching the right skills to learn and practice safe driving. He personally structures the courses according to each individuals requirement, helps to monitor the progress and focuses to correct any wrong driving habits from the past. This boosts confidence when in the driver’s seat. Another great help is the mock test to get the real exam feel. But as William says, driving is not for exams, it’s for life and is not just about being technically correct, it is also about knowing how to handle others mistakes. All this while driving was a need, but many thanks to you William, I have learned to enjoy driving too!!

A “new” fail item in driving tests — moving sideway more than 1 car’s width

From our information network, recently some people got fail item(s) from moving sideway more than 1 car’s width. It’s seen similar to changing lanes so 2x signals and checks are required.

It’s not necessary illegal to move sideway as long as safe to do so, however, signal and check both sides are required. When such move without signal and check both sides, all allowed quota for signal and checks are used up in one go. Any one more signal and/or observation check error would cause a fail item. Here is the way to avoid such fail item:

1) try not to move left or right more than a car’s width, for example, wait for the cars doing reverse parallel parking to finish before moving forward;

2) If it is necessary to move sideway more than 1 car’s width, for example, a double parked truck unloading stuff, make sure you signal right and check right mirror and blind spot, just like changing lane to right, AND, signal left and check left to come back to normal driving position.

There are two other conditions I did not cover, assuming  you are good enough:a) your normal signal and observation checks are very good, max missing 1 0r 2 in the whole test; b) it is safe to move sideway.

I know this might be a bit technical, if you don’t understand, make sure you will by contacting us for quality lessons, before attempting P test.

Why 2-hour lesson?

From time to time we are asked the question why our default lesson length is 2-hour, not like “others” only 1 hour?

First, most of our students gave feedback that 1 hour lesson feels quite short, they wanted longer lessons so they can achieve more in one go;

Secondly, from the coaches’s point of view, 2 hour lessons can give learners more value for money by avoiding this typical 1 hour lesson syndrome — learning something half way and it’s time to go home, and next lesson it has to start basically all over again;

Thirdly, it’s a basic sport concept, you train longer than your game. If a 100 metre runner wants to achieve something, only running 100 metres and go home is just like a joke. The nowadays driving test is about 40 minutes by itself, plus warm up time before reaching the driving test centre, it’s over an  hour easily. Anyone who is serious in winning a tough game would train longer than the game itself, that is to say, 2 hour lessons would give learners much more advantages than 1 hour lessons when facing the driving test, and more importantly, beyond driving test.

In short, 2 hour lessons can ensure better quality, better value for money, and more technical advantages when facing tough driving situations. I suspect, the students from those 1 hour lessons may struggle more in the driving test and beyond.

Of course our primary focus is safe driving, when a student appears incompetent physically and/or emotionally, we have no problem to end the lesson early to ensure safety standards. This does not happen a lot on the other hand from our experience.

Congrats to Ruchira for passing P test one go in the rain

Congrats to Haritha, Vicient and Bibi for passing P test

Congrats to Linda!

Please do not test new methods in Driving Test (P test)

Driving test is where we show our proven driving skills to achieve required safety level in daily driving. If we have any new ideas that we want to test out, it should be done before the test, so the instructor may evaluate its feasibility.

Trying a brand new driving method that you never shown to instructor is not a good idea. For this reason, one of our students failed the test. I want to share the case here to alert all students. Please keep the ways of driving you did in previous lessons and mock tests, do not change your way of driving in the driving test due to stress/pressure etc.

Our school will be closed between 17/1 to 26/1 for holiday

During this period our responses would be slower than usual and we would like to thank you for your patience. School will be re-open on Saturday 27th off Jan.