Congrats to our 1st Principal Award Winner–97.3% (107 out of 110) in Driving Test!

Today is one of my happiest day in life! May I share  why.

Michael from Sydney passed the driving test at 97.3% (107 out of 110) earlier today at Silverwater RTA. If you know so many people out there trying so hard but failed to get the 90% passmark, you know what a great achievement this is! Put it this way, his instructor only got 95% in the same standard test, and I don’t think the RTA test officer can get this score for himself…Michael has to be the best driver in his suburb!

How he got this? No secret, its hours of dedicated training with a great driving school. His loving family also played an important role in the 120 hour training.

I may be biased but I am certainly over the moon!

The tricky yellow light

Some people failed the driving test because of “running the yellow”, and I almost failed my own test stopping for the yellow light, so what on earth is the rule?

Well the text book says: Stop if safe to do so. This is how I see it:

1) Stop, if you can stop BEFORE the line, WITHOUT any vehicle tracing your tail closely

2) Go, if you are already over the line, or even you stop you are over or outside the line, or a vehicle tracing your tail closely

Let me explain why stopping over the line may fail your test. In my case, I saw the yellow light when approaching the line, so I stopped, but over the pedestrian line. The test guy told me, if there was any pedestrian crossing, I could fail my test for “creating a dangerous situation” for the pedestrians. But fortunately there was no one around, so he gave me a pass.

I hope this tip can help you make the decision easier.

Tips to get the lisence faster

Most people wanted their lisence yesterday, so here are some tips to help:

1) take notes after every lesson so you can go back to it anytime

2) practice WHAT YOU LEARNT between lessons, most of driving things you can’t get it until you drive a lot

3) do a little mind game (close  your eyes) and “drive” in your mind”

Stop Sign is too easy, or is it?

Well Stop sign is obviously no rocket science, if you completely stop within 1 metre before the line, you are safe in test or in real life.

Still many people failed at stop signs, the main things are:

1) did not see a Stop Sign–even no sign there, the solid line in front of you is a “stop sign”!

2) did not stop COMPLETELY, using rolling very slowly a a ‘stop’, it is not.

Its amazing how much efforts we put into out training to correct this. so lets make it simple:

completely stop within 1 metre  before the line.

How difficult is this? All the best from Auto1 Driving School.

Why beat yr baby up for not walking properly? Stop abusing learners!

If you wouldn’t beat your baby up for not walking properly, why then abuse the learners?? How come some drivers on the road, hit the horn hard and yell to our learners?

I don’t get it.

Are you good? vs. How much?

We often get calls starting with “how much per lesson”?, which is very understandable. We know spending is important for families.

However, if you ask me, I’d suggest you start with “Are you good”? If not sure if this instructor is good, don’t even bother asking his/her price.

Make sense? more tips here: http://www.auto1driving.com.au/blog/?p=77

and here:  http://www.auto1driving.com.au/blog/?p=40

Angle Reverse Parking 90 degree — Method 2

1

Position:

Signal your left indicator at least 30m and check centre mirror, left mirror and left blind spot, then Stop the vehicle parallel to and about ½ to 1 metre from the parking vehicle selected.

Note: the road marking line and the left rear wheel must be aligned or collinear to each other.

Turn wheel full left lock
 

2

Turn the wheel to the full right lock

3.

Check center mirror, right mirror and right blind spot.

When it is safe move forward until the rear wheel is aligned with the second line Or road marking. Stop

3

Select reverse gear, check left mirror, left blind spot, centre mirror right mirror and right blind spot, Look back over your left shoulder through the rear window, and move back slowly when it is safe and no car coming from behind.

4

Stop. The car is now parallel to the parking car or to the road marking stop

5

Directions

To straighten the wheel, Turn 1 1/2 turn to the right.

1 ½ turn to

the right
 

6

Check mirrors and blind spots

Look back over your left shoulder and move back slowly when it is safe, until the rear of the car is about 10 to 50 cm from the kerb

Stop

7

Apply the hand brake

Select park gear

Cancel any indicators

Shut down the engine and remove the ignition key.

Remove seat belt open the door and leave the car.

 

Angle Reverse Parking 90 degree — Method 1

1

Position:

Signal your left indicator at least 30m and check centre mirror, left mirror and left blind spot, then Stop the vehicle parallel to and about ½ to 1 metre from the parking vehicle selected.

Note: Stop the car about ¾ of the 3rd bay

Turn wheel full left lock
 

2

Turn the wheel to the full left lock or one and half to the left

3.

Check center mirror, right mirror and right blind spot.

When it is safe move forward until the car is parallel to the 1st bay that you want to park the vehicle in. Stop

¾ of 3rd bay
 

3

0.5 – 1 m

1 ½ turn to the left
 

4

5

straighten the wheel, Turn 1 1/2 turn to the right. Then

1 ½ turn to the right
 

6

Check mirrors and blind spots

Look back over your left shoulder and move back slowly when it is safe, until the rear of the car is about 10 to 50 cm from the kerb

Stop

 

7

Apply the hand brake

Select park gear

Cancel any indicators

Shut down the engine and remove the ignition key.

Remove seat belt open the door and leave the car.

 

DIY driving learning resources

There are some people would like to learn driving DIY. At auto1 driving school, we support DIY learning whole-heartedly, while its certainly not for everyone.

The number 1 resource is the blog here, you will find life time updates for free, and the posts are quite informative according to the comments I hear. You can also ask questions at every post, and we WILL answer them.

The number two resource is the RTA web site (soon become RMS). I particularly recommend ” A guide to driving test ” (‘http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/licensing/downloads/guide_driving_test.pdf) The learner log book has also 20 step by step lessons.

There is also a good book written by Kerry O’Sullivan, the name sucks as its too long, but the content is great. Its name is “The complete learn-to-drive handbook for Australia & New Zealand”…

 

Choose your instructor by price, or Quality?

The answer is, BOTH! We get calls sometimes just asking about the price, nothing else. This is certainly not wise, coz a poor quality instructor, maybe cheap, can cost you much more. Think about you pay $40 for a lesson that confuses you more…

Some students switched to us from other instructors told us that painful experience. Here are the signs of a poor instructor: not friendly, does not talk, not sure about simple things (often pretending to know everything), smelly but not smiley, leaving bits and pieces for every lesson so its a big mess after a few lessons for someone else to fix, old and messy car.

The signs of a good instructor are: clean and professional presentations, new and clean car, easy to understand instructions, encouraging, positive, passionate about driving, very talented with and knowledgeable about driving, easy to deal with, conduct every lesson to a high quality standard.

The good idea is, to choose the instructor not only by price, but also by quality. To choose the cheapest in town with great quality  is the way to go, and they are only a phone call or an email away from you…:=)