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…:=)

Congrats to Seema who passed the test today!

The team from Auto1 Driving School send our congratulations to Seema, who passed the RTA driving test in 1st go today.

Well done Seema!

Where the Speed Limit starts to apply?

AFTER the sign, not before, some guys failed for getting to the speed before the sign…be aware!

Tips:

  • If you are driving from a slow speed limit e.g. 50 kmh into a higher speed limit e.g. 70 kmh, keep it 50, only accelerate AFTER the “70″ sign.
  • If you are driving from 70 to 50, slow down the car BEFORE the sign to 50, otherwise you will be speeding after the “50″ sign…

 

45 or 60 Degree Angle Parking

45 or 60 degree angle parking is not usually tested in the RTA driving test centres we specialise in, however, its always good to know. At the end of the day, we as drivers may encounter these kind of parking in our real world driving. Simple, easy and useful…

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.

Directions

Select reverse gear, then turn the wheel to the full left lock

Observation:

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.

Stop. The car is now parallel to the parking car

Directions

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

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

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.

RTA will become RMS

NSW Roads and Maritime Service(RMS), will soon be introduced replacing the existing RTA.

Stay tuned for more updates.

How my family help me with my RTA driving test?

Driving is a doing thing, so if your family can supervise your driving, and let you have access to a car, by all means do it, and save loads of money. You should be very thankful coz some people don’t have such advantages. But the other side of the coin is, if  your supervising driver got the full licence over 10 years ago, chances are, while you will learn some good things from him/her, you may also learn some bad habits from him/her too, coz some current RTA requirements weren’t in their text book back then.

We’ve got a couple of these students, and its quite time consuming to ‘correct’ those driving habits. That is to say, they are paying more to correct, than the students learning from new.

To save money is always good, as long as you don’t have to pay more back at the end.

Tips for getting the perfect balance between saving  money and paying professional lessons:

  • Let the new learner to learn the first few lessons from a professional instructor, to lay a great foundation of driving; this also reduce the risk of the new learner to slam on the accelerator and turn the steering wheel to full, which could be very dangerous and costly
  • Do 1-2 lessons after about 6 months to refresh
  • Do a couple of pre-test lessons before the test
  • Rest of time, feel free to do heaps of driving with family based on what  you learn from the instructor

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For  your info, some common bad habits from family trained learners:

  • Frequently not signalling, and if signaled, less than required length
  • Frequently not checking mirrors and blindsopts
  • Letting go of steering wheel while driving
  • Too close to the front vehicle while driving or stopping
  • Not checking red light runners at traffic lights
  • Merging into traffic or changing lane without legal and safe gaps
  • Road positioning error while driving or turning
  • Lack of responses to hazards