Three Students passed P test this Week, right before the Corona Virus shutdown of P test

Congratulations to Rishi, Parita, and Lindy!!!


How to supervise new drivers?

The “supervising drivers” here may refer to parents, spouses, ex, uncles/aunts, neighbours, siblings and friends etc that are supervising new drivers.

I get asked this question quite a bit from loving parents so I think I’d better write them down to help future supervising drivers. And you are most welcome to contact us if you have something not sure in the process of bringing up a new driver.

First thing to supervise, is to learn.”Parents” usually get their license a quite a while ago, in average 20 years ago, the requirements are quite different now although the driving basics are the same. There are a couple of way to learn: 1) RTA used to host a free seminars for parents so if its still on book your seat; 2) read this little booklet : Guide to driving test  3) talk to a qualified instructor.

Second thing is to choose the location carefully. To supervise new drivers can be challenging, and sometimes even dangerous. So please try to plan the driving ahead, think about if the new driver can really handle the situation you throw on them. If you never teach them how to handle roundabout, and the instructor did not teach roundabout yet, please try not to assume the new driver can handle it.

The third thing is, do NOT compare a new driver with you — a driver with 20+ years experience. Many of us tend to forget how slow we were when learning. Please accept that the new drivers can make mistakes (we still make some anyway), and if it happens, stay calm,  try not to shout, unless its really dangerous. If you plan your “lesson” before hand, the highly dangerous situation should be eliminated. What you focus on is to avoid big mistakes, and don’t worry about they push a bit too deep, brake a bit too hard, steer a bit too much etc as long as you are safe, coz the driving will become smoother with more hours down the track.

The fourth thing is, after the initial stage of learning and the ‘new’ driver can drive quite comfortably, step back a bit so they can grow, eventually they are going to drive alone, they need to get used to it early. Try to create a more real environment for future under  your supervision, e.g. driving in music, let them plan the route etc.

The last but not least, do not over turn what the instructor has taught (what you have paid for). For example we teach not to speed but a couple of parents think not to worry, then the worry might come when attempting test, and after passing the test.

Happy supervising!

Another pass at Silverwater this week

The Oatlands accident was totally avoidable, but sadly it took 4 kids lives!

During the weekend, a four-wheel drive lost control due to driver’s 3 times over legal alcohol limit, took 4 kids lives who were walking on footpath, just outside the golf course on Bettington rd, Oatlands, near North Parramatta.

Sam, one of our clients, lives across the road. He literally heard the scremming on Saturday. He was attempting the driving test today. Think about how he would feel. On the way we drove pass hundreds of flowers, 10s of balloons, people were morning and praying there, all drivers drove very slowly to pay respect. Wasn’t it a bit too heavy right before the P test?

Brave enough, Sam nailed it with 99% high score. We encouraged each other, be a good driver in our neibourhood, to give people hope, it can be done by all of us. Thats what gets me up everyday.

The terrible accident was totally avoidable, simply don’t drive after drinking, or if driving, don’t drink. It’s so simple, wasn’t it?

Here is a link about the accident on channel 7: https://7news.com.au/news/nsw/oatlands-crash-abdallah-children-to-be-farewelled–c-681775

 

Two passed in Silverwater this week, congrats to Samuela nd Omid!

My daughter passed driving test in Castle Hill 99%

Well, she is special in my life, but the truth is, what I taught her is the same as what I taught in classes, while customised to individual situations.

 

New Year Pass in HIlls

Silverwater P test horrible? Not really, how about a 96% 1st go pass?

Bhavana passed 98% at the first attempt for P test last Friday

Lesson Zero: What is driving really?

In my daily life of teaching driving, I have found that a good number of learners are “driving” but not really driving. They tend to unnecessarily learn slower than usual, simply because they have an incorrect concept about “driving”. If you have at least two of the following points which are incorrectly conceived in your mind, you need to “wash your brain” early to avoid these known traps, helping you to learn driving without repeating previous students mistakes.

  • Driving is safer than walking. If you’d rather walk than to drive because you think driving is dangerous, please read on. The fact is, over 2,000 pedestrians are hit by a vehicle  every year in Australia. When this unfortunately happens, do the poor pedestrians have the steel frame and airbags to protect them like drivers? Think again, the protections you have as a driver, is far greater than what you have as a pedestrian.
  • Driving is logical not emotional. Some learners’ driving depend on their confidence level. If they feel calm and collected as they drive, they drive better, otherwise they could drive terribly. This type of “driving” is certainly no good. Look, as a human being, I don’t feel 100% physically or emotionally everyday, but I will make sure I drive the at the same level and quality despite my emotions. If I face a red light, no matter how I feel, I simply stop. Driving based on emotional feelings is very very dangerous. Our driving should only be based on the driving data around us.
  • Driving is about doing your job. Look at this scene: in the 3rd driving lesson, our car is approaching a queue of cars stopping at red light. From about 30 metres away I reminded the learner “you need to brake”, about 20 metres away I said “brake”, about 10 metres away I had to use my brake. What is missing? The learner is not doing his/her job. Do I need to remind him/her to brake? This shouldn’t be my job. If the learners are not doing the capable job they should be doing, it’s very hard for the coach to teach. This is only referring to the techniques they have learnt and practised (can do), not about doing the things they can’t do yet.
  • Driving is achievable. Some learners think driving is highly difficult and dangerous, they are afraid of it and think that they might never make it. May I tell you that driving is achievable, I have taught people from 16 to 65 years old. Driving is only difficult and dangerous when you don’t do the jobs you should be doing like discussed above.
  • Driving is driving friendly. This is in contrast to being “driving proof”. I have found a number of learners in our school who are unaware of the basic knowledge when it comes to driving. For example, some of our students don’t know their family or our school car’s brand, not sure of reversing light colour etc.  If you happen to belong to such group, I do encourage you to change your mindset and behaviour, start learning one thing a day about your car/driving. Become a friend of driving, and driving will be a friend to you!
  • Driving is factual and current. The learners should have a wide scope of what’s happening around real time, they detect the dangers before it even happens; they can logically think about what they see, and after good calculations they choose the safest approach to handle all situations. Your mind should be full of driving data. But many new drivers their mind were full of worries, the past mistakes, little information about the driving environment NOW, of course this is dangerous and should not be called “driving”. True driving is sensitive and responding accurately to the fast-changing driving environment properly at all times.
  • Driving is independent. Please form a habit of doing the things you can do, make the decisions you can make. Forming a habit of waiting to be told what to do and what decision to make is dangerous, because that person will not always be sitting next to you and directing your every move. Yes, legally speaking, you still needed to be supervised, but technically you should do more and more driving along the way, and rely on the supervising driver less and less.
  • Driving is instinctive, never lose your instinct. Please look at this scene: in lesson 2, we were turning left on a T intersection, from the right hand side there was a car reaching us in 2 seconds. The learner pushed the car and tried to go ahead, of course I braked the car. What was missing? The instinct. I would not have expected the learner to know T intersection give way well in lesson 2, but looking at the car approaching in 2 seconds, if his/her instinct was working, he/she would not want to go ahead. So please never lose your instinct in driving no matter if you are new or experienced drivers.
  • Driving is simple, don’t over-think.   While some students minds are frozen when driving, another group of students tend to over-think while driving. They worry about what if I make that mistake again, or they stress over the car behind trying to bully him/her, or a tree may fall onto the car. Over-thinking takes away the limited room for concentration a driver already has and makes the driver under-think the things he/she should think about as a good driver.
I hope by discussing these known traps about “driving”, we can help more learners start right and save the time and effort getting stuck in the dark tunnel of “driving” when not driving at all.