Tuesday, 8 December 2009
For checking the mirrors remember to look out for BOB and TOM
Left mirror BOB - boy on bike
Right mirror TOM - twit (or worse) on motorbike
a daft we thing - but remember it and you may just save a life
Thursday, 5 November 2009
Thursday, 29 October 2009
Sunday, 20 September 2009
She told me 'you could use the sorry button'
'The sorry button?' says I
'Oh yes, I was out with my friend on the motorway the other day, I was watching her drive and I noticed she pressed that button lots, I asked her what it was and she told me it was for when you had done something dum and wanted to say sorry to the other drivers.
She was pressing it a LOT!'
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
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Tips on choosing your instructor
• Use a local instructor, this should save you money. They don’t have high advertising costs which reflect on lesson prices. (Guess who’s paying for the adverts with the national driving schools “YOU”)
• Your instructor should be on time, patient and friendly.
• You should be encouraged to pass your theory A.S.A.P.
• You should if you can have 2 x 1 hour lessons per week which will help reduce the time in learning to drive.
• Always ask the length of time of the lesson (not all instructors offer 1 hour)
• Most of all you should enjoy your lesson.
Monday, 18 May 2009
Here is the team in their motoskooL sponsered kit.
motoskooL has also agreed to write a monthly driver eduacation feature for the Paisely daily Express and the Renfrewshire World so please keep an eye out for us there and if there is any advice you would like covered in a feature then please let us know
Friday, 15 May 2009
We have already covered MSM - Mirror, Signal, Maneuver
another important one is the POM routine.
You need to do this every time the car pulls away.
You usually prepare the car by selecting first gear, setting the gas and finding the bite point. On hills there are different ways you can do this - but we will cover that later.
Then the tricky bit - hold your feet still
Good all round observations are needed here starting from the left looking out all windows and mirrors and finishing up looking out the blind spot just before you move.
At this point you can consider if a signal is needed, in most situations it isnt.
The easy bit (although it can sound scary) Just release the hand break and the car may already start moving slowly (depends on how high on the bite point the clutch is) Then slowly raise the clutch all the way off, giving more gas if the car needs it (you will hear the change in the engine noise if the car needs gas)
Thats you driving.
As you become more experienced P and O merge together as you are preparing the car as you are observing - just remember not to Move until you have Observed that it is safe to go.
Monday, 11 May 2009
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Friday, 8 May 2009
If the car is pointing downhill this is very easy.
You still have to select the gear you want - 1st or reverse (very important reverse if you are reversing so you are giving the signal of your reverse lights to other road users) but keep the clutch all the way down. (if you are moving off remember your POM routine)
Controling the speed of the car now is just a case of gentle pressuer on the footbreak, more pressure to slow the car down, less to let it go faster.
At slow speeds it is NOT considered coasting to have the clutch down.
For clutch control - if you are uphil or on the flat.
As the clutch at bite point controls how much the engine is conected to the wheels, tiny movments of the clutch will effect the speed of the car.
So you keep the clutch at the bite point and just move it very tiny amounts as you need to.
If you bring the clutch up a tiny bit then the engine is more connected to the wheels and the car goes slightly faster. If you dip the clutch slightly then the engine is less connected to the wheels and the car slows slightly.
Remember the momentum of the car will mean it will take longer to slow down the faster you go.
You are looking for a slow walking pace
It is good to practise this uphil as gravity will help slow the car more and you get a better feel for the clutch. You can also get to the point where the power of the engine pulling the car forwards is balanced by gravity pulling the car back and the car stops moving. It is useful to practise this as many junctions are on a hill so you could use the clutch to creep out past obstructions, pause with the clutch to make sure it is safe and then move out - or even creep further forwards.
Remember with clutch control
Wednesday, 6 May 2009
Firstly, you need to practise things, this builds up muscle memory.
But worse still if you are going to fast for your pupil then they will be making mistakes, and the more you let them make the mistakes then the better the pupil will be at making the mistake.
Practasing the wrong thing also makes you perfect at doing the wrong thing, and as we all know from our part 2 test, well practised bad habbits can take a while to relearn.
So remember when teaching your pupil to drive take it one step at a time and give them lots of chances to practise the right things, rather than pushing them faster than they can cope with and letting them practise bad habits.
Wednesday, 29 April 2009
Monday, 27 April 2009
Saturday, 25 April 2009
I was having a think about how the two things are linked and I have seen a really good link
Dogs who find working with you rewarding want to work with you and learn things. If mistakes are made it is because YOU have not trained it as well as you should.
Either the dog does not understand what you want, or you have rushed them too fast into a situation they cannot cope with.
Same with pupils
In general the people in your car are there because they really want to learn to drive and they are paying you good money for the lessons
- of course there are a few who want to mess about, but even some of them might be doing it cos of nerves or bravado.
So if they are making a mistake you should be IAR'ing yourself as well as the pupil
Sure, sometimes people have bad days and things just go wrong - or they can forget something once - no big deal
But, have you pushed them too quickly into busy traffic?
Have you progressed to quickly from prompting to independent??
Far too often I hear of instructors who yell at pupils or worse still hit them
But in reality it is more likely the instructors fault.
For example I was speaking to a trainee who was telling me his pupil was often forgetting her mirrors before changing gear on busy roads.
They were both getting frustrated with the situation and feeling they were not making progress.
He was constantly pulling her up AFTER the event and saying something along the lines of
'Again you forgot to check your mirrors, why?, what could happen? what are we going to do next time?' So she had a whole lesson where she felt she was constantly doing things wrong
Now I know it sounds like and easy solution, prompt, prompt, prompt, before she is going to change gear 'what you checking?' then she wouldnt get it wrong and would start practasing the correct thing.
Digging deeper there was even more too it. She had only had 3 lessons and was not confident at all. All that scary traffic around she just didnt want to take her eyes off the road.
So the solution is 2 fold, get back to the quiet roads so she has a chance to build her confidence and practise the right things in comfort and prompt.
Remember practise makes perfect, so practise the wrong things - like forgetting a mirror and then you have a bad habit to reteach.
Mistakes are more often the instructors fault and not the pupils, try and figure out why.
Thursday, 23 April 2009
On a hands free phone - you are paying for their time, you should be getting their 100% attention!
Wednesday, 22 April 2009
I am planning adding some comprehensive advice on driving including some step by step examples of how to do the manovers so please keep on dropping in.
The first step for learner drivers
Before you can learn to drive
- Be 17 years old or over (check differnet regulations if you have a disability)
- Have a provisional driving licence (you can apply for this up to 3 months before you turn 17)
- Have good eyesight (If you need glasses WEAR them and if in doubt get your eyes checked)
Your instructor should check these things when you first get in the car, but remember
YOU are legaly responsible the second you sit behind the wheel of the car so make sure you are LEGALY entitled to drive.