Let’s Face it when it comes to teaching someone how to drive it isn't the easiest thing to do, especially when driving has become an automatic and natural activity that follows after decades of driving. Helping a learner get anywhere close to the abilities of an experienced driver can be a little challenging, to say the least. The below content are helpful tips in supporting supervising drivers through this journey. For optimal leaning and providing learners with most value out of their driving lessons, they must go through three different experiences during their driving lesson. The following have derived from the keys2drive program and are essential for quality supervision.
1. Long Experience. Remember, 120 hours is a lengthy period of time and it was designed to give a learner time to practice their driving skills to the point where it has become automatic and natural to them. Each time a learner goes for a drive whether it is a short trip or long trip the first focus should be on practicing and repeating tasks that require improvement. Do lots of correct repetitions so that the new skill can become an automatic and natural ability. The learner should eventually be able to perform task in a correct and safe manner even if their mind is elsewhere, such as listening to the radio or having a conversation with their supervisor.
2. Wide Experience. Experience is the key to skillful drivers, supervisors and their learners need to schedule driving lesson in different conditions and different areas. For example, day time, night time, peak our traffic, days where it is raining, long distance, country driving and let’s not forget the CITY!! Yes, learners should have experienced a hook turn at least once before going for their driving test. The more different roads and conditions a learner experiences the more skillful and smarter driver they become.
3. Deep Experience. Reflecting after each driving lesson is an important aspect of developing safe driving skills that will last a life time. The learner should be reflecting on how they think they will perform during the driving lesson, how they performed, and also what they can work on for the next driving lesson. These are important and valuable questions to ask each time a driving lesson occurs. Remember, learning a new skill requires more than just the physical aspect of driving and accumulating hours, it also requires mental involvement, paying attention and reflection.
Finally I would like to invite both the supervisor and learner to register to the FREE DRIVING LESSON through www.keys2drive.com where you can see this and other tips in action with a credited driving instructor. Keys 2 Drive is a government funded program that aims to educate both supervisors and leaners on how to maximize the learning experience for safer P plate drivers. In the mean time get your learner on the road and give them lots the experience that is required!