Community Driver Mentor Programme - Tips #1
Here are some of the common things that are tripping up students going for their restricted driving test. This is designed for those coaching students either at home or through the CDMP Programme. We have to be aware of what faults the testing officers ‘deem’, when failing our students, & we have to respond to their requirements.
- failing to ( completely) stop at stop signs. Best to stop & count 2-3 seconds before moving off.
- speed too fast or too slow)….essential to remain under the posted speed limit by a couple of km’s. (FOR A PRACTICAL TEST….PLEASE UNPLUG THE LEAD TO OUR GPS UNITS AND PLACE THE LEAD IN THE GLOVEBOX…. PLUG IN AGAIN AFTER THE PRACTICAL TEST
- failing to make ‘blindspot’ shoulder checks. These MUST be done otherwise a ‘critical error’ will be assigned for each omission. Remember that three critical errors in a test is a fail ( and a fail if two errors are noted in the first section of the test route).
- slighlty over the centre-line just before making a right turn. ( vehicle should be positioned NEXT to the centre-line but not over it).
- cutting a corner. Testing officers are now spending quite a bit of time in the first section of the test, taking the student on many turns on unmarked streets ( around quiet streets on the Westside ). This affords them many opportunities to assign critical errors to the student. The vehicle positioning is critical, so please ensure the student keeps to the left of an ‘imaginary’ centre-line, on each & every street & intersection. (They use different streets so below is just an example I have witnessed)
- failing to look both ways at railway level crossings. Slow down to a crawl if necessary & students must physically turn their heads left & right before moving over the tracks slowly.
- not selecting an appropriate gap in traffic to move into at intersections. Students should be continually scanning both directions at a cross-intersection when turning right ( e.g. Stop sign at Queen St/Russell St at the back of The Warehouse), preparing to take foot off the brake, the moment the last car passes through, then immediately make their turn. This will stop taking too long to clear the intersection.
- mounting curb on reverse parallel park. There is a video on firstname.lastname@example.org explaining how to coach this manoeuvre. (We have also made a quick video below).
- following too closely ( always on the highway). Mentors will know appropriate following distances…but then be careful about getting too far behind & being marked down for travelling too slowly.
- failing to check rear vision mirror regularly. Important to check after exiting intersections & regularly on S.H.2.
Wednesday 20th of January 2021: Schools within the Masterton district have been given activated variable speed signs to reduce speeds outside schools during school peak in and out times.
Monday 30th of November 2020: To try and combat the issues around the increasing amount of expired car seats still being used to transport young children, Wairarapa Road Safety Council appealed to Wairarapa families to bring in their expired car seats and where possible assist in replacing seats if still required
Tuesday 24th of November 2020: Our annual great community outreach event took place on Saturday 21st November from 9-12pm. Held at the Warehouse car park (UCOL end), whanau were able to drive by and have a FREE Car seat check, if needed, and anchor bolt install and where needed, gifted a brand new car seat.
Wednesday 22nd of July 2020: Since July 2017 we have had 9 pedestrians serious injured on our roads and 1 person died. We all have a role to play to reduce these numbers
Thursday 9th of July 2020: We are looking for more mentors to join our volunteer team providing support to our future drivers...
Wednesday 6th of May 2020: Each year we thank those young people serving their school communities and making sure they get to school safely.
Friday 24th of April 2020: Regardless to the alert levels for Covid19, due to the reduction of travel, we need to proceed with vigilance and help together keep our roads safe.
Wednesday 8th of April 2020: With the COVID19 lockdown, please continue to double check for others as you would in busy times.
Monday 27th of January 2020: When children arrive or leave school each day, your driving behaviour can protect them or endanger them.