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Practice driving lessons avoid teaching bad habits when accompanying a learner driver

В рубриках: Automobile | Автор: admin 05.06.2011

Practice Driving Lessons: Avoid Teaching Bad Habits When Accompanying a Learner Driver

The current U.K. driving test has evolved extensively over the last 30 years and many of the skills taught years ago are obsolete now. Not because these skills are now deemed as unsafe or impractical but more often than not it’s because they are unnecessary.

Generally speaking, cars are mechanically the same as they were 30 years ago (engine, gearbox, steering, brakes and bodyshell) it’s the technology that has changed.

For Example…

30 years ago you would probably have been taught to use the gears to support the brakes whilst slowing down. Over use of the brakes could very often lead to a condition called brakefade. This is where the brakes got too hot and lost their effectiveness. Nowadays braking systems have advanced in design and in materials. Advances in automotive electronics have also helped brakefade become a thing of the past. Therefore with modern cars there is no need to use the gears to support the brakes whilst slowing down. We can now do 99% of the slowing down with the brakes and only change gear when we have slowed down completely.

It’s for this reason that anyone who is planning to accompany a learner driver on practice sessions should be aware of what is required of today’s learner drivers when the go for test. Failure to do so could make any professional instruction a waste of money as most of the lesson time will be spent fixing faults rather than introducing new skills. If practice sessions are used to do just that, “practice the professional lessons”, then it is possible to reduce the amount of driving lessons to only a handful.

There are a number of ways of getting the correct information. Firstly talk to the instructor and find out what needs practicing. If the pupil tells you something about driving skills that you don’t understand or are finding hard to believe, talk to their instructor. A good instructor will be happy to share this information and explain what’s required. If they won’t then you have two options. Firstly you could find another instructor. However there’s no guarantee that the new instructor will be more helpful, plus he will have to evaluate the driving first before giving any advice. The other way is to buy a book that will give you the advice and information you need. This is probably the best way since you can then plan the practice sessions and adjust your knowledge to suit the syllabus.

There are a number of books on the market, but as with instructors there are good and bad among them. Just because a book is written by a national driving school name doesn’t make it the best, neither does downloading the various free articles on private practice that can be found on the internet. What you need is a book that will give you information that is relevant to what you want. And what you want is to know what to teach and how to go about it. No frills, no rubbish, just the bare facts. These books are generally written by instructors and are targeted at those people who accompany learner drivers. Because the author’s are on the “front line” so to speak, the information is updated regularly to accommodate changes in the driving test.

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