Hi Guys/Girls welcome to my site which I hope you will find very useful in your road to becoming a Driving Instructor. I am a DSA Ordit registered Trainer covering parts of Leicestershire and Derbyshire. If you are from Derby, Burton upon Trent, Loughborough and all surrounding areas I can help you realise your goals.
Cockpit and Controls
For someone who has not driven before, the first driving lesson will be an introduction to the driver’s seat. The pupil will need to be taught how to enter and exit the vehicle safely. He or she needs to know how to set the car up so they can reach the various controls. This lesson would usually be carried out away from their
home address so that they feel comfortable and not worried about being watched. In the case of a part 3 test you would usually be asked to sit in the driver’s seat and drive to a suitable location. Remember to explain the dual controls to your pupil and ensure they keep their feet clear of the pedals. There is no reason why you could not use this opportunity to explain/demonstrate the cockpit drill. It is also a perfect opportunity to talk about the mirrors and blind spot when moving off or maybe steering or gears on route to a more suitable location.
Judgement of speed
Watching your pupil develop as they progress through their course of driving lessons is a great feeling. This particular set of skills is one that when your pupil begins to master them you know they are ready to pass their test and gain their freedom. To be good in these areas requires a lot of judgement by the driver. They need good anticipation skills, scanning techniques and great hazard perception so they choose an appropriate speed. Driving defensively and economically doing their bit for the environment not to mention their pockets. They will learn not only to be at the right speed and in the correct gear but also the best position. Confidence will be high and decision making at junctions for safe gaps will help build on this.
As an instructor you will be teaching many different types of junctions. Start with approaching junctions turning left and right from a major to minor road. With real pupils you will probably keep it simple at first and just get your pupil to use the basic MSM routine already learnt when they did moving off and stopping. Keeping things simple, breaking skills down into small chunks will help breed confidence in your pupil because they will find things easier to achieve. As with every lesson you should always plan to go from the known to the unknown. Once your pupil is able to negotiate basic junctions it is time to begin expanding the routine. The reasoning for this is that they will have less to concentrate on because you have kept things simple.
Moving Off and Stopping
This will often be quite an exciting lesson for a pupil as it will be the first time they will probably have made the car move. Not true with every pupil but you need to ask some recap questions once you have introduced yourself to discover this. Every lesson you give should be well structured and should always aim to help your pupil move from the known to the unknown. Your recap questions should be used to find out what your pupil has already learnt. Remember just because they may not have driven a car before does not mean they are an empty box. They may have ridden mopeds or motorbikes, driven go-carts or perhaps they have been closely watching mum and dad in anticipation of learning to drive. Just as in the cockpit and controls lesson you would normally pick your pupil up and drive them to a quieter more suitable location. Very important that you don't put them under unnecessary pressure, find a nice quiet nursery route so they don't feel threatened by busy traffic. Remember learning should always be fun.