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 email@example.com 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.
Sunday 31st of January 2021