The Learning Journey…
No matter if you are having a Free Introductory lesson, paying as you go or utilising one of fantastic discounted block bookings (5 or 10 hours), all students embark on the same client centred learning journey with their dedicated instructor.
Some start at the beginning, others just pick up where they left off previously (possibly from another driving school). The important thing is as a team you and Formula Jon Driving School will get you ready for that practical driving test ASAP!
Your Instructor will tailor this journey for your skill level and needs. Everything we teach at Formula Jon Driving School is centred around you, the student.
The Important thing to remember is the journey lasts for different lengths for each student. This can sometimes be dependent on several different factors, some topics it will take you a lot longer to master than others, simply put this is ‘just life’. Everybody has strengths and weaknesses, but everyone’s journey will end with that Full Driving License.
So, what is the Journey?
The Learning Journey has three main areas and has been tailored around the Practical Driving Test. You will need to be Independent at all aspects of each of these three areas, in order to be successful on your Practical Test Day.
Firstly, the Novice skills……
Cockpit Drill and Controls: Here you will learn those boring but important basics of driving. How to set up your car in order to have safe control, utilising the mnemonic ‘DSSSM’ (yawn).
Before moving on to hand and foot controls, mirrors and blind spots and the clutch biting point (for the manual car students). Whilst we appreciate this might not be your most exciting lesson (or ours) it’s a must for you to be prepared for life on the road.
Moving off and Stopping: Learn how to get those wheels finally moving (using the two or three pedals you have) for the first time. Also, how to stop them in a safe, legal and convenient place.
Gears: More important for the manual student than the automatic one, but you will need to know the right gear for the speed your training vehicle of you want to keep those wheels moving and not stalling.
Hill Starts (Up and Down): Become a Hill Start Master and avoid those roll backs or roll forwards.
Junctions, Turning and Emerging Left and Right: Learn those tricky left and right turn routines. Utilising MSM-PSL, rolling gear changes, road signs and know what all that ‘white paint’ means.
Crossing the Path: Hatch markings, Solid and Broken White Lines, Protective zones and learn how to utilise crossing traffic lanes when turning right or entering gateways.
Angled starts: Become competent when your moving off is hindered by a proximity car or other obstruction.
Controlled Stop: Learn how to avoid emergencies and how to bring the car to a controlled stop should the need arise. This manoeuvre can also be requested by the examiner as part of your practical driving test, so let’s get the skill sharp!
Crossroads: Learn how to independently deal with ‘Give Way’ and Traffic Light Controlled Crossroads, Observation routines and Nearside and Offside Passing when turning right.
Effective Mirror Use: Know when and where to check your mirrors, what blind spots are, paired mirror checks, and learn the six-point mirror check when moving off.
Signals: Learn the art of timing signals, the potential repercussions of early, late and misleading signals.
Next the Intermediate Skill Set…
Pull up on the right, reverse back and pull away: This is one of the four reverse manoeuvres that could be part of your Practical Driving test. Learn how to master it in case you need it on test day.
Bay Parking: This makes up reverse manoeuvre numbers two and three that you will need to be independent at for test day. Essentially learn the art of bay parking, being able to Drive or Reverse in before being asked to Drive or Reverse out. Good control and Observations will be key.
Parallel Parking: Test reverse number four! Learn how to reverse park alongside a parked vehicle, finishing the manoeuvre within two car lengths from the target vehicle and reasonably close to the kerb. Often dubbed the worst of the foursome!
Roundabouts: Learn the Roundabout procedure, applying the 12 o’clock rule where practical. Be familiar with the associated signs and road markings. Along with how the procedure changes at Mini Roundabouts.
Bus Lanes and Box Junctions: Be aware and be able to apply of the big Do’s and Don’ts to your driving. This will stop you picking up unwanted Driver Faults on your test day!
Progress and Planning, Adequate Clearance, Meeting Traffic and Anticipation:
Learn how to read the road in order to be able deal with any road situation that occurs.
Being competent at leaving enough space between your car and the kerb or obstruction. A Relaxed Test Examiner = A Happy Test Examiner.
The art of Meeting Traffic is being able to keep the vehicle moving as much as possible. Knowing when to Stop or Go and what to do if you don’t know.
One Way Systems and Dual Carriageways: Be able to apply the specific road rules and drive on both types of road in a safe and controlled manner.
Lastly… Pre-Test Work
During the weeks leading up to your now booked Practical Driving Test. Your instructor will introduce Independent (following road signs) and Sat Nav Driving, giving you helpful tips and pointers so your prepared for either scenario on the big day.
You will then embark on Mock Tests with you instructor, laid out in the same format as the real test. This will give you invaluable insight to what your test will feel like and give you and your instructor a final chance to iron out any issues that arise. “Formula Jon Driving School, the fast lane to driving Success”