It’s summer, and if you are in school, it means that you have a couple of weeks in the new year to spend at home before school resumes. The summer break, if you are over the age of 17, gives you the perfect chance to finally become a licenced driver.
Getting a driving licence is one of the most significant steps towards freedom and adulthood. It means becoming independent of your parents and older siblings as you will no longer have to depend on them when you need transportation to your different commitments. After you have acquired your licence, all you need is a car to drive yourself to the destination of your choice. If owning your own car has been a dream of yours, then a driving licence gives you leverage when you are presenting the request to your parents – you can’t get a car if you can’t drive!
A driving licence gives you the freedom to make and follow your own timetable. You will have the ability to decide when you want to do things without having to adhere to someone else’s schedule. This will be more convenient for you. This possibility is very exciting, but before you get your licence, you’ll have to prove to the authorities that you have the capability to handle both yourself and your vehicle on the road. In order to do this, you need training: which can come from a professional or from a friend or family member.
So, do you go to a professional or acquire the skill informally (from a friend or family)? The correct answer is both.
To get the best results, you will need a blend of the two; informal and formal training. Hiring the skills of a professional is a must if you want to ace the exam the first time round. However, training informally should also be used to complement the professional skills being imparted by an approved instructor.
No one else other than a professionally accredited driving instructor, would have the necessary training, knowledge and experience to train you properly. Learning how to drive a car safely improves your safety, that of your passengers and other road users.
Reasons Why You Should Learn How To Drive From A Professional
- A professional will be able to identify with you as an individual – The instructor will deal with you as an independent person and not as part of a group. The instructor will thus be able to adapt his/her methods to fit you due to the personal contact established.
- Patience – A parent or friend may not have the necessary patience to train you, and especially so if you are not a fast learner. They might get annoyed by small mistakes or the manner in which you carry out certain operations. A professional on the other hand will be able to handle the situation better due to his/her training and experience from dealing with other students.
- Development of a suitable teaching plan tailored to your needs – After the initial meeting, an instructor will be able to asses you and develop a suitable teaching plan that suits your needs best. The instructor will be able to assess the rate at which you absorb information and determine the pace at which he/she will teach you and areas that need special attention.
- Knowledge, skills and experience – A professional instructor undergoes continuous training and thus has the newest information in relation to driving. It’s a long time since your parents got their licences and important information on safety and road use may be long forgotten by now. A professional will have all the knowledge you require and even be able to provide learning materials for you. The skill and experience of a licenced instructor is immense due to the amount of training he/she has undergone.
- Convenient learning schedules — Parents are constantly juggling between a number of things at anytime of the week. It may therefore be hard for a parent to find the time to teach you how to drive. Lessons will therefore be inconsistent and their timing will also be dependent on other peoples schedules; not yours. With a professional instructor, you get the freedom to come up with your own schedule so that you can attend lessons when you are not busy. The training period will also be reduced due to consistency in terms of weekly learning times.
- Up to standard vehicles – Vehicles used by professional driving schools are inspected by the government to ensure that they meet all requirements set by the Queensland Transport Department. This ensures that the vehicle you are driving is safe and has the necessary modifications for driver training. In addition, the vehicles are also insured to make sure that accidental damages are not catered for by the student.
- Dual controlled vehicles – Cars meant for training students are modified to have dual controls—on the driver’s side and also on the passenger’s side. This is necessary to ensure that mistakes are not catastrophic and to give the student the chance to correct their own mistakes before the instructor takes over from his/her side.
- Preparation for the exam – professional driving instructors have trained many students in the course of their career. They therefore know the kind of questions to expect in the theory part of the exam and what the examiner will expect you to be able to do during the practical exam. An ADI will be able to train you extensively on these areas to improve your confidence.
How To Identify A Qualified Trainer
Not all trainers claiming to be professionals have the required skills, knowledge and/or experience to train you (or any other student for that matter). It is therefore important that you look at the following factors to ensure that your course is successful.
- The trainers experience and accreditation by the Queensland Transport Department
- The duration of each of your lessons
- Whether the trainer is following a properly structured approach that includes well-defined objectives.
To pass your licence exam, you need to have both the skills needed and the confidence. The best way to get these is to combine professional lessons and informal lessons from parents and licensed friends.
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