What & How We Teach
We believe that learning to drive, if not easy, can be made straight forward by smart instruction; that the better we are as instructors, the quicker you can obtain your full licence. Since 2008 our instructors have achieved an overall pass rate of about 68%, which is exceptionally high within the industry. What makes us different? Simple. We teach better. Our instructors are selected because of their communication skills. Our commitment – our mission – is to nurture your desire to drive, and deliver to you the skills that match your desire. And we back it all up with our First Time Pass Promise which guarantees a pass first time or pays for the subsequent test.
What We Teach
All Approved Driving Instructors (ADI) are trained to deliver driving instruction in accordance with the requirements of the Driving Standards Agency’s (DSA) practical car test. The skills required to pass the test are outlined in The Official DSA Guide to Driving: The Essential Skills which is published by the DSA and is commonly referred to as the “driving manual”.
How We Teach
Learning to drive can be broken down into four parts: Car Control, Road Scenarios, Driver Attitude and Specific Skills.
Below is a typical meDriving training schedule based on two hours of tuition per week. It covers 40 hours of tuition**.
CAR CONTROL: Mastering The Car
Touch (reflex) training – developing psycho-motor skill
Aim: To form muscle memory.
When: Primary focus initially; worked on continuously.
Controlling position and speed is the foundation of learning to drive. Being able to manoeuvre your vehicle instinctively and effectively is the cornerstone of a safe and high functioning driving style.
ROAD SCENARIOS: Understanding The Road
Sight (recognition) training – developing cognitive skill
Aim: To develop prompt situation recognition.
When: After the initiation; through to mock testing.
Recognising road scenarios and correctly interpreting your obligations within them is being a good driver. Comprehensively understanding the road environment is at the core of being roadworthy.
DRIVER ATTITUDE: Marrying Progress With Safety
Thought (response) training – developing judgmental skill
Aim: To instill safe and effective driving principals
When: All the way through; subtly at first, increasing in intensity thereafter
Forming a healthy balance between being safe on the road and making good progress is the seal to good driver training.
Using your obligations on the road to form your objective is the secret to a safe and enjoyable driving life.
MANOEUVRES and Other Specific Skills
We aim to teach specific skills at just the right time. In pursuit of this we seek to balance the benefits of starting to learn a particular skill early (more time to practise, the transfer of skills to other areas) on the one hand, with those of starting later (saving time by starting when a candidate’s skill level is higher) on the other. We seek to optimise this for every one of the specific skills within the course.
PHASE 1: NURSERYWeek 1
Cockpit Drill and Control 1: Introduction
Control 2: Moving-Off and Stopping
Control 3: Steering and Normal Road Positioning
Scenarios 1: Turning and Emerging
Control 4: Clutch Control
Control 5: Uphill and Downhill Starting
Manoeuvres 1: Turn-In-The-Road
Scenarios 2: Meeting Traffic
Scenarios 3: Roundabouts
Control 6: Moving-Off Quickly
Phase 2: AROUND TOWN
Scenarios 4: Hazard Awareness, Mirrors & Signaling
Scenarios 5: Dual Carriageways & Lane Discipline
Manoeuvres 2: Reverse Parallel Parking
Scenarios 6: Overtaking
Scenarios 7: Emerging Right “half-and-half”
Manoeuvres 3: Reverse Bay Parking
PHASE 3: TEST ROUTESWeek 13
Scenarios 8: Crossroads
Manoeuvres 4(i): Left Reverse (sharp) & Straight Line Reversing
Scenarios 9: Independent Driving
Scenarios 10: Country Roads
Manoeuvres 4(ii): Reversing-Round-The-Corner (sweeping)
Book Practical Test
Take and Pass Practical Test
A significant key to our success is the amount of mock testing we do. We recognise mock testing as the fourth level of instruction. The first three levels of instruction – guided (telling), prompted (reminding) and independent (supporting) are well known and practised in the industry. We recognise mock test practise as specific and unique, and that familiarity with this format, as well as the test routes, is vitally important. Candidates on mock tests get used to looking, assessing, deciding and acting in road scenarios, whilst being silently assessed for 30 or so minutes. We have found that multiple mock testing builds real test familiarity in our pupils (we normally perform anywhere between 5 and 10 mock tests for each pupil in the latter half of their course, using actual test routes). We debrief and re-run mock tests as is necessary. By the time you take your test with us you won’t be hoping to be able to handle the pressure of the test format, you will have learned to.
Where We Teach
We currently teach in Watford and nearby areas. We take to test at:
- Watford Test Centre
- Borehamwood Test Centre
- St Albans Test Centre
- Pinner Test Centre
- Mill Hill Test Centre
- Aylesbury Test Centre
- Barnet Test Centre
…But we are growing all the time. If you live in an area near any of those listed please call and we’ll do our best to make it work for you.*T&C Apply. Ask your instructor for details **Learner drivers on average require 45 hours of tuition and 22 hours of private practise to pass the practical test.
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