Mastering car control might not be as easy as your dad makes it look!
mastering car control is the starting point for a new driver, it’s a skill that they need to learn in areas we call nursery routes before they can progress out on busier roads.
You could Liken learning to use the car controls to something like a new golfer trying to hit a golf ball.
Watching other golfers swing and hit the golf ball on what they call the sweet spot looks simple doesn’t it?
That’s until the untrained person tries it and “woosh”, they’ve swung the club but the ball has hardly moved, and they end up on their backside, very embarrassing especially if you’ve a crowd watching.
Sure, with perseverance eventually the new golfer will be able to hit the ball, but it might not go in the direction they intended or travel very far.
So, what do you do?
Well the logical solution is to seek the help of an expert. They will not only be able to play the game but will also have a the additional skill of being able to teach others to play the game too.
With repetition and practice the new golfer will have a much better chance of hitting the ball.
And, once they mastered the basic swing, they then have to learn all the different stokes to help them negotiate an 18 hole golf course.
So, learning to drive a car requires the support from an expert, but again it’s not something that can be taught overnight, it takes time and practice.
When people embark on learning they’ve often had years of experience watching family and friends make driving look so easy, and they don’t expect their first lesson to be quite so tricky.
Just getting to grips with using the car controls can be an unexpected challenge because for so many years they’ve heard people say “driving is easy”.
But with practice and repetition, they’ll steadily become confident with the basic’s of moving and stopping the car, changing gears and turning corners.
When the instructor feels they are ready to move on from the nursery route onto intermediate roads, they will start to learn about road skills & procedures.
During these lessons they’ll learn how to apply the Mirror, signal, manoeuvre (MSM) system to driving and, how important timing the sequence becomes in order to help them deal with the various types of junctions that they will come in to contact with on a daily basis.
They’ll also become familiar with using signals correctly to inform other road users of their intentions, and understanding, and acting on signals from others.
Road signs and markings will also be covered during this phase of learning, before moving on to interaction skills, and driving on more advanced routes.
This is where they’ll learn about planning and anticipation, and how to deal with busy roads littered with other drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
They will find themselves on routes where there is limited space in the road, and where there’re likely to be driving in busy traffic flows.
The more actively involved a learner is in each lesson, the more independent their driving will become.
During the learning process, the instructor will encourage the learner to analyse situations and offer solutions. This technique will help them negotiate new situations that they may not have encountered before, and equip them with the skills required to deal with them safely.
The Driving vehicle standards agency (DVSA) who are responsible for rider and driver testing in the UK, aim to improve the standard of new drivers and further reduce road accidents and deaths on UK roads.
Over the years they have made changes to the driving test, to meet the challenges of modern driving situations, with further demand’s on improving the skills and abilities of new drivers.
For this reason today’s learners will require more training hours than their parents did when they learnt to drive.
As more people take to the crowded roads a greater level of skill and knowledge is required at the start of their driving career to keep them safe while they gain their experience.