Speed Limits and Safe Driving Tips

Safe driving tips if expanded to cover all aspects of four wheel motoring would fill more than half a dozen books which is a little beyond the scope of an article. It’s also unlikely that the drivers in most need of safe driving tips would bother to buy such a book. After all they know the basics and what more is there to be concerned with? Sorry guys but it’s true!

 

Lets examine then just one crucial aspect of driving skills, that of the importance of Speed Limits and how  you go about adhering to them even when you might not be aware of their existence or the relevant speed pertaining.

 

This article is written from an Irish perspective or more accurately from that of an Irish Driver attempting to alert the visiting Tourist and Learner Driver as to the dangers of life on the road in Australia.

 

IRISH ROADS

 

In Ireland and Britain driving takes place on the left which means that most drivers visiting from Europe or North America could need a little time to acclimatize.

Road construction and layout is not as advanced in Australia as elsewhere although the main road network has improved substantially in the recent past.

 

The same cannot be said for the rural road network in Australia and this is where the greatest difficulties with speed limits will be encountered by all inexperienced and Tourist Drivers alike.

Rural roads are frequently overgrown with hedges and trees that have not been cut back thus hiding the rather infrequent Speed Limit signs. Landowners or householders in the country areas are rather lax in their appreciation of passing traffic and speed limit signs where they exist are frequently completely invisible.

 

 

SPEED LIMITS GO METRIC

 

Ireland recently underwent a change to Metric Speed Limits and during this transition, which brings them in line with Europe but not the U.K, certain previously long established speed parameters were altered.

 

The maximum speed now on an Irish rural or secondary road is 80 KPH which translates to 50 MPH; down by 10MPH which is a substantial and long overdue reduction. Even at 80 KPH one would be exceeding the safety threshold on most stretches of Irish rural road.

 

In contrast, on Motorways in Ireland the new metric speed limit of 120K KPH is clearly visible as you would expect, although most drivers would exhibit a devil may care attitude. Speed limits are there for a reason but do not indicate whether it is safe to drive at that speed. You as the Driver have to use your skill to assess what speed you personally can drive at in any given situation.

 

THE OVERTAKING GAME.

When giving Tuition to new
Learner Drivers we always point out that if you are substantially below the speed limit at any time whether this speed is safe or not, you will be overtaken by reckless and poor drivers. It’s essential to be aware of vehicles approaching from behind when you are at or below the speed limit and try to assess by the body language of the driver whether they are preparing to overtake you.

You can expect to be overtaken by approximately 70 per cent of traffic following you if you are driving within the law or are exactly at the speed limit. This observation also applies to Dual Carriageways particularly, which carry a speed limit of 100 KPH which is about 2MPH more than the previous Imperial speed limit of 60MPH.

On an Irish rural road you can almost guarantee to be overtaken if you are adhering to the 60KPH speed limit (40MPH) which you will encounter as you approach civilisation, particularly if the road ahead is straight! Little or no consideration will be given to the approaching built up area speed limit of 50KPH (30MPH) and the inherent dangers of finding something in your path that requires emergency action.

Safe Driving Tips should be on the driving school in sydney curriculum for all Irish schools from primary level upwards. If this was implemented the statistics of Pedestrian and Young Driver fatalities would see a significant improvement in time. It is the responsibility of all drivers to set an easily recognisable standard and example to all other road users particularly the young.

Driving Instructor Training AU

The following information is for those seeking a complete training course for all three parts of the Register Qualifying Examination. The number of hours training required can vary between trainees but experience has shown that on average up to 10 hours for part 1, 20 hours for part 2, and 50 hours for part 3 training is usually sufficient. Your trainer will of course advise you if extra tuition is necessary for any part of the examination.

Additional training is charged at our standard hourly rate. We also offer shorter courses for those who wish to study for individual parts of the examination, improve their ADI skills or retrain after Check Test failure.

Part 1Theory Test:

We will provide you* with a series of home study workbooks covering the Part 1 syllabus and all the necessary reference books. Commencing with an assessment test, the part 1 study course is self-contained and can be easily managed in your own time with minimal reference to your trainer. The course is structured in such a way that you can assess your own progress but still have the facility to contact your trainer if you have difficulty with any particular area. Assignments are structured to build your knowledge progressively and will help you study at home to good effect. You should aim to study at home for at least 10 hours per week to prepare for the Part 1 Test of Theory.

Your progress will be monitored by your trainer and mock tests given at appropriate intervals. Where necessary, extra assignments may be given to reinforce what you have learned. Up to 10 hours of your trainers time is available on a one-to-one basis for Part 1 training.

In addition to the theoretical element of the part 1 test, we will provide you with Video/DVD and CD ROM training materials to assist you with the Hazard Perception Test. If you do not have access to video or computer equipment at home, suitable equipment will be made available for your use. It will also be necessary for you to take some driving training, with emphasis on forward planning and observation skills. Time spent on this initial training forms part of your overall allowance for part 2 training.

Part 2 – Test of driving ability:

Part 2 training may be in one of our cars or, if you prefer, your own vehicle (providing it is suitable). Part 2 training comprises an initial assessment and the required tuition. After your initial assessment the trainer will advise you of driving faults which need to be corrected and plan your training with you accordingly. You will be provided* with a guide to the Part 2 test which outlines the training which you will undertake and the objectives for each part of the course.
Trainees can expect to receive up to 20 hours of advanced driving tuition and will be advised on when they will be ready for the test of driving ability. Your trainer will expect to see you regularly for at least 3 hours per week over 6 weeks (and pro rata for longer periods) to ensure that you are learning effectively. Each training session will be followed by a debrief that counts toward the hours of training you receive. After each lesson you should practice what you have learned in your own vehicle. Your trainer will ensure that validation has taken place by asking you to perform driving tasks to the required standard. You will be given one or more mock tests, sometimes with a different trainer, to ensure that you are ready for the examination.

Trainee Licence

Once you have passed the part 2 test it is possible to take out a licence to instruct, to help you prepare for the part 3 test of instructional ability. There are conditions that must be adhered to by trainee licence holders, and licences will only be issued to suitably sponsored applicants, working from a driving school. As a general rule we do not promote use of the Trainee Licence scheme. We find it is no substitute for thorough training and can in some instances have a negative effect on the PDI. However, we recognise that in some instances the Trainee Licence may help some individuals gain their qualification. We will be happy to discuss whether a Trainee Licence is suitable for you at the appropriate time.
Part 3 – The test of instructional ability:

Part 3 training comprises both in-car and home study work. You will normally use one of our cars but may use your own vehicle if you prefer (it must be suitable, have dual controls fitted and be insured for driving tuition). It is difficult to assess teaching ability and there is no formal initial assessment of trainees. However, you should attend an introductory session with your trainer who will advise on how to prepare a subject for a driving lessons sunshine coast. Your trainer will assess your ability to teach and communicate as the course proceeds and your training will be planned accordingly.

Your trainer will advise you on the lesson content and presentation that you need to learn, and will ask you to prepare lessons in advance. You will be provided* with a guides to the part 3 examination and suitable training aids for use in the car. For much of the time your trainer will role play a “pupil” for you to practise your driving tuition and guide you with question and answer technique. Other training sessions may avoid role-play where this is unsuitable for the syllabus e.g. to help with your observation and planning skills or to instruct you in using the dual controls.

You can expect to receive up to 50 hours of training in preparation for your part 3 examination. Your trainer will expect to see you regularly for 4-6 hours per week over 8-12 weeks (and pro rata for longer periods) to ensure that you are learning effectively. You will be given a full debriefing after each in-car session. This is essential to your training and will allow the trainer to build on what has been learned during the in-car session. You should note that the debrief session counts towards the hours of training you receive.

Most of your in-car part 3 training will be on a one-to-one basis with the trainer if this is the most suitable learning method for you. However, if the trainer feels that you will benefit from observing, or sharing a session with another trainee, this facility is available. Experience has shown considerable benefit can be obtained from a shared in-car session.**

As well as personal tuition, we offer two other methods of learning which you should find useful in your preparation for the part 3 examination:

  1. a) Group sessions: Where practicable, several trainees and one or more trainers or ADI’s will hold a group session to cover particular subjects or teaching techniques. The aim of these sessions is to promote self-confidence in the trainee in a relaxed and informal environment, with the guidance of a trainer. In our experience, group discussions raise some very interesting observations from both trainees and existing instructors. Additionally, we find that the self-conscious trainee benefits tremendously from being able to contribute to a worthwhile discussion with their peers. There is no fixed timetable for these discussion groups but you will be advised in good time if a session is being planned – and you can always request a session if you have a particular problem or query to resolve!
  2. b) Lesson observation: By arrangement, trainees studying for the part 3 examination may observe actual driving lessons with their trainer or another ADI in one of our associated schools of motoring. This can be helpful in several ways. You will see how real pupils compare with the pupil “role-played” by your trainer. You will also see that every driving instructor melbourne has his own individual style and that there is no fixed way of teaching the same subject to different pupils.

* Training manuals for parts 1, 2 and 3 are only provided free of charge to those who undertake a complete training course.

** Where two trainees share an in-car session, each trainee will be considered to have taken 75% of the trainers time. So if two trainees are in the car for a two hour session, you will be deemed to have taken 1½ hours of training. For each classroom discussion you attend you will be considered to have taken up to 1 hour of a trainer’s time.

Adelaide Driving Schools-An Instructor’s Perspective

Driving Schools in Adelaide are much the same as those elsewhere; a mix of full time Professionals; some part time Instructors; some occasional Instructors and the usual crop of drivers who masquerade as Instructors. The lack of any formal Driving Instructor Examinations and ongoing monitoring has meant that anyone with a Driving license can stick a sign on the roof of his car and call himself an Instructor. There is plenty of this type of example throughout the country and Adelaide is no exception. Sadly the level of skill being displayed by most Learner Drivers in Adelaide is a reflection on the lack of commitment by successive governments to tackle head-on, the various issues surrounding driving and learning to drive. If there is no culture of Professional driving lessons adelaide only a lemming-like fascination with passing the Driving Test and nothing more; then it is hardly surprising we have one of the worst equipped Driving Populations in Europe!

Currently the newly established Road Safety Authority is processing the proposed setting up of an official Register of Driving Instructors. The new Register will come into being in the summer of 2007 and will finally bring some semblance of order to the Profession, and with it the long awaited improvement in Driver Standards which one day will reduce the horrific accident statistics that are common in Ireland at present. A three part Examination process, together with further checks of Teaching Ability and vehicle Inspections will no doubt remove all those who are not committed to achieving the highest of Standards and continuing with further Professional Development.

The format of the Examinations and ongoing monitoring of Instructors is due to be modelled on the European Standard; in line with the continual striving of Brussels to bring all 25 E.U.States into a common standard of Tuition principles and Driving Test parameters.

Ireland is one of only a couple of countries within the E.U. community that has no long established regulation and monitoring of driving lessons campbelltown standards. There is also no current mandatory tuition of Learner Drivers which has lead to a virtual free- for- all on the roads throughout the country for many years. This has lead to pitiful Driving Standards throughout the whole driving population; a waiting list for the Driving Test that is probably the worst in Europe at approximately 11 months as we speak and a cost to the State of around 1.5 Billion Euro per Annum in coping with the horrendous accident fall-out.

The Driving Test results in the Adelaide and Mid-west area generally have been at the higher end of the scale for several years in contrast with other parts of the country that haven’t fared so well in pass rates. Probably the huge increase in the population locally has contributed to an awareness of Driving Schools and their visibility.  Perhaps more Learner Drivers have been persuaded to take professional lessons than many of those residents of more rural areas where practise with Parents or in the confines of the nearest field seems to be recognised as the rite of passage!

Many fatal accidents have taken place on rural roads which will always remain the most dangerous of driving environments particularly in the autumn and winter months which is why all Learner Drivers should be given tuition and tutoring on these roads as a matter of course. Far too many Driving Instructors focus entirely on the Driving Test and entirely on City Roads when a broader scope of lessons which includes high speed carriageway driving and rural roads should be an essential part of the curriculum. This type of training would undoubtedly save lives and reduce the accident statistics.

For Adelaide Learner Drivers the choice is clear …take sufficient professional lessons and gain advanced skills from a suitably qualified Instructor before venturing into your own car and into the blue yonder. Just buying a car and hoping to pick up a few skills along the way will not keep you alive and will not enable you to pass the Driving Test in Adelaide. The volume of traffic in and around the city and county now is very substantial as the University and other Colleges continue to expand and companies are attracted to the region. Dealing with this growth in traffic as a learner driver needs a good deal of practise if you are going to stay safe and out of trouble!

Choosing A Female Driving Instructor

Like  any  other  job  in  the  society,  females  are  also  taking  active  part  in  becoming  driving instructors  for  people.  In  the male dominated industry they too are becoming conscious and taking part in what was earlier not a job for the girls.

Most girls start learning driving when they are  teenagers; this helps them to apply for provisional license. By the  time they get the license they are in their early twenties and an expert driver. Most female driving instructors that you will see these days is generally either women of 30 to 35 or girls between the ages 20 to 25. Like all other training, learning to  drive  is  very  important,  especially  in  today  when  nearly  most  houses  have  a car.  Hence  choosing  the  right  driving school and driving instructor is very much necessary. This will ensure that you have a better training and a safe lesson. Coventry driving lessons can  also  be  availed  if  you  want  but  it  is  better  to  have  instructor  in  the  first  go.  Different instructors have different teaching style. Males have a different style and this style is generally a stereotyped style while  female  driving  instructor  are  more  soft  in  nature  at  the  same  time  strict,  learning  from  them  is  very  easy  as  well  as entertaining. Most drivers’ schools these days prefer keeping both male and female driving instructor; this helps them to give their pupils their desired teacher for learning.

Female instructors  are  generally  calmer  and  they  are  mostly  relaxed  while  teaching.  In  case  a  person  is  driving  wrongthey are  there to guide them in the right way so  that they can take  the right kind of help. It is very essential that you learn driving from a very good driving school in roxburgh park and get your license done, this way you will have a smooth ride when you have your own car with you.