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Some Advice when searching for your Driving Instructor – Please remember that often paying less you will get less

I have detailed here what I feel are the top ten qualities your Driving Instructor in Old Portsmouth should demonstrate so as to ensure that your Driving Lessons are a success.

1. Patience: – I think that it is imperative that your instructor is patient with you, you will need somebody that can put up with the mistakes that you will inevitably make whilst learning to drive.

2. Reliability: – Please note that your driving instructor in Old Portsmouth is not your friend. You should expect your instructor to arrive on time, in a suitable vehicle and in a reasonable frame of mind for your lesson.

3. Punctuality: – is a very important quality for your instructor to have, of course you want a full Driving Lesson. It is very frustrating if your instructor constantly arrives late for your lessons. (I experienced this first hand many years ago)

4. Honesty: – Naturally you will want to save some money so you will in some cases pay for lessons in advance. You must be able to trust your instructor to deliver those lessons once you have paid for them.

5. Opinionated: – Dictionary definition is being, ‘obstinate, fixed in your opinions’. This is clearly a positive type of character for an approved Driving Instructor. There is no value to having an instructor who changes their mind all the time and at the end of each lesson when you are being given the low-down on your mistakes in that lesson by your instructor, you need to have open and honest feedback as to what your stronger areas skills are and where you make your worst errors. These lessons are not a democracy. You are here to learn to drive.

6. Diplomacy: – It is important that your Instructor offers you a good balance during your lessons; if they continually upset you during the course of your tuition you will feel unhappy and frustrated. You should have positive reinforcement and encouragement throughout you course of your lessons with them.

7. Studiousness: – A good teacher is always on the lookout for ways to improve their own performance. Including; better or just different ways to explain things to you by way of totally new approaches to age old problems. This is an evolving subject area where you and your Driving Instructor will learn some things together.

8. Restraint: – Your Driving Instructor has to demonstrate this. You are young and clever and your Driving Instructor knows nothing, you know more than he or she. Your Driving Instructors opinions on things other than your Driving Lessons and you learning to Drive, do not matter

9. Self control: – Your instructor has dual controls, they should not keep their feet twitching above them all the time as this will unsettle you and make you feel that you are having wasted Driving Lesson. Caution is good but they should not overdo it.

10. Discipline: – Your Driving Instructor should demonstrate a level of personal discipline in making certain that they and the car are always ready for your Driving Lessons. They should show professional discipline by making sure that they always give you the best quality Driving Instruction they can give you even when they don’t feel like it no matter how good the reason. You have after all paid a lot of money for these lessons.

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Driving Lessons Old Portsmouth – Top 10 Tips For a Great Driving Instructor

Make proper use of gears

Knowing which gear to use and how to change the gears is a fundamental part of learning to drive a manual car. Each and every pupil is taught from a very early stage, not only what the gears are for, but how to change them and make proper use of them. So how could anyone possibly get something so basic wrong on the test?

Answer: Gears are not basic. They can be very complicated, especially when there are other distractions or unexpected happenings. It is in fact very easy to make errors involving gears. 68338 candidates got something wrong with their gears and failed the UK driving test last year!

What follows are just a few examples of the sort of things to go wrong, but the driving test report suggests: "Select the correct gear to match the road and traffic conditions. Change gear in good time but not too soon before a hazard. Do not allow the vehicle to coast by running on in neutral or with the clutch down. There should be no need to look down at the gear lever when changing gear."

Let's start with something simple, that almost all of us were guilty of at some point: Looking at the gear stick before a gear change. On its own and as a one-off fault, it probably would not result in a fail. However, repeated looks at dangerous and inconvenient moments certainly would.

In my experience, a pupil looks down at the gear stick just before changing down the gears, not up. This suggests they were on the approach to a junction or hazard and really should have been looking somewhere more useful - like at the junction. If your attention is diverted just at the point a decision was to be made, then the outcome could be disastrous.

If you have this problem, my advice is to force yourself out of the habit. Deliberately stare at something in front of you when you reach for the gear stick. To begin with, your observation may not be very constructive, but you will get out of the habit of looking down. Once you kick the habit, you will be able to look anywhere - to the junction, the lights, the cyclist, etc. You will also appear to have much more time to assess the situation and make your decision.

Having dealt with a repeated minor error, what could cause a serious fault in its own right?

Others gear faults might include: Picking the wrong gear for the situation, too high or too low. Changing gears too early or too late. Not making use of the gear once you have picked it, by not accelerating onto a roundabout for example. Failing to change gear at all, when a new gear was needed.

Whether any of these faults would be upgraded to a serious fault or not, depends on the road and traffic situation and the outcome of the error. Much of the test result will depend on how the test examiner saw it. It is his (or her) experience and judgement that will decide the severity of the fault.

I mentioned accelerating onto a roundabout a moment ago. This is an example from personal experience.

In my local area there are many multiple lane roundabouts with fairly quick moving traffic. My pupil had waited for a sufficient gap to pull out into, but then eased away and didn't get up much speed. As a result, other vehicles soon caught up and started overtaking. This caused some confusion and a little panic. What he should have done was to make proper use of his gears, and use the higher powered lower gears to create a little more acceleration. With extra 'pick-up' he would no longer have been causing a hazard on that roundabout.

This fault could also be seen as "failing to make progress" I suppose, but its full title would have to be failing to make progress through the incorrect use of the gears and accelerator. Whatever you call it, it is still a common fault. Some other basic gear faults are a little more obvious. Not even the pupil committing the fault can argue if the car stalls because the wrong gear was used. If you are trying to pull away in third gear instead of first gear, you may experience problems. Similarly, if forth gear is picked instead of second gear before a sharp turn. Simple errors like these can make the whole drive look really messy, and at the end of the day... presentation counts.

So here is my advice, and it is very simple advice.

Firstly. Use the full MSM (Mirror-Signal-Manoeuvre) PSL (Position-Speed-Look) routine before every junction. This will set you up for an easy gear choice at the vast majority of junctions.

Secondly. Whenever you need to change gear, take your time. A good gear change should take about three seconds. If you try any quicker, you may get the wrong one and have to start again. Get it right first time and there is no mistake.

And thirdly. Always match the gear to the speed of the car, not to the junction that you see ahead. The junction may be clear, but if your speed is less that 5 mph then second gear will probably cause you to stall. Use the gear that matches the actual speed (5mph = first gear).

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