This overall aim of this unit is that the driver should be able to guide and control their vehicle safely and responsibly, taking into account road, traffic and weather conditions. This unit is based on the understanding that driving is a complex task; it involves taking in a large amount of information and responding to it appropriately. To be able to do this a driver must be able to constantly scan the world around them, understand what is happening and identify possible hazards and risks. A key part of being able to manage this complexity is the ability to master basic driving skills, such as steering and coordinating the use of controls, so that the driver does not have to think about doing them. Acquiring these skills will provide a driver with the basic blocks on which they can then build. It is important, therefore, that they work through any factors or issues that are getting in the way of their learning. It is also important that they get as much supervised practice as they reasonably can. Accompanying drivers can play a vital part in this process. Although a learner may not experience towing a trailer or caravan while they are learning they will be able to do so when they pass their test (within the restrictions of the licence category). It is important, therefore, that they understand the principles.
You can download the syllabus by following this link
Each unit is presented in the following way Unit aim - gives an indication of the areas to be covered and why this is important in the lifelong learning-to-drive process Learning outcomes - provides a brief overview of what the learning outcome will be as a result of studying the unit What you need to be able to do - to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcomes What you need to know and understand - to enable you to demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes
The syllabus is based on the ‘National Standard for driving cars and light vans (category B)’, available at www.gov.uk/dvsa/driving-standards.
Trainers should also refer to the ‘National standard for driver and rider training’, also available at www.gov.uk/dvsa/driving-standards.
Detailed information can also be obtained from the following publications Department for Transport – The Official Highway Code (Revised 2007 edition) (TSO, 2007) ISBN: 9780115528149 (also available as an e-book or mobile phone application) Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency – The Official DVSA Guide to Driving – The Essential Skills (TSO, 2010) ISBN: 9780115531347 Department for Transport – Know Your Traffic Signs (Fifth edition 2007) (TS0, 2007) ISBN: 9780115528552
Unit 1: Preparing a vehicle and its occupants for a journey
The aim of this unit is that you should be able to come to an informed judgement about whether
are fit to undertake a particular journey act appropriately on the basis of that judgement
This unit is based on the understanding that a driver’s physical and emotional state the physical and emotional state of any passengers the roadworthiness of the vehicle traffic, weather and road conditions
can all contribute to the cause of crashes. It aims to make sure that you have the knowledge to assess your own fitness, and your passenger’s fitness, and that you can check that your vehicle is safe to drive.
The unit will help you understand the issues involved in carrying passengers, loads and animals safely and securely and how to reduce the risks that this can generate.
The final learning outcome focuses on the importance of planning a journey before setting off, taking account of road, traffic and weather conditions as well as the driver’s own fitness and that of their passengers.
The underlying challenges of this unit are to address the attitudes and misunderstandings that prevent drivers acting on the knowledge and understanding that they have to help you recognise that the factors affecting your fitness to drive can change from day to day and over your driving lifetime.
About the bookEssential reading for the ADI exams, Practical Teaching Skills for Driving Instructors is an indispensable guide for all new and established driving instructors. Fully revised and updated for this 11th edition, it also provides all the necessary advice for the conscientious instructor keen to communicate effectively with their learners.
Containing essential guidance on teaching, communication and coaching skills, Practical Teaching Skills for Driving Instructors is ideal for both existing and trainee driving instructors. It investigates how and why people learn, and the different teaching and learning processes that are involved. With sections on structuring lessons and problem solving, it covers the whole teaching process, from early stage lessons to the final practical test.
You can pre-order your copy by following this link.
DVSA updated official guide to learning to drive
From today (23 October 2019) updated versions of some of our official publications, including our official guide to learning to drive are available to buy.
The updated guide includes information about:
You may not be aware that Tri-Coaching Partnership have written and designed your TCIT training course. They have now received a National Award recognising their contribution in developing DVSA Approved Driving Instructors and are experts in the field of Coaching for Driver Development. Watch out for hashtag #developingadis
Driving Instructor Training do you discuss speed cameras with your learner drivers or just tell them?
So you are training to be a driving instructor or you are already a DVSA Approved Driving Instructor and your learner driver is trying desperately on their lessons to obey the speed limits or you are constantly them about their speed and appropriate speed but the question I want to ask you, is do you really believe they will try that hard when they have passed their driving tests? How can you influence them and is your training and your trainer helping you to deal with these potential problems or is your training test focused. Coaching and Client Centred Learning helps the learner share their thoughts and opinions in a non-judgemental environmental. We know that somewhere in the region of 85% of drivers will and do break the speed limit.
Drivers will risk fines and new drivers risk losing their license if they get 6 points and yet there seems to be a social tolerance to speeding and also there is quite often a tolerance built into speed cameras but not all. There is an article that you can have a look at here on confused.com that suggests speed cameras cause confusion in many drivers.
Teaching people to drive is just not about training the skills of moving the cars but also helping your learners to deal with their thoughts and feelings and where they come from. Discussing how they really think and feel is essential in producing safe driving for life. There is a website that you can find all about safe driving for life and you can find it here.
Tri-Coaching Partnership are driver coaching specialists and they have designed the Tri-Coaching Instructor Training program TCIT so as you can not only develop those skills of driver instruction but you can learn to coach your drivers to be able to drive in a post test environment.
Discussing topics is a great way to engage with your learner drivers and probably more importantly full license holders so please practice in putting these discussions into your driver training.
I received the email below and thought of course we can help especially as there is pizza involved, so I looked the school up and they look like they do a great job in the community. You can find their website here.
'My name is Kayla and I volunteer with an after school education program for a very special group of kids. I came across your website http://www.drivinginstructortrainingcourse.co.uk/links.html while discussing all kinds of safety issues. I am teaching the kids that safety is important in our lives in order to protect ourselves and others and that safety issues surround us in everything that we do! I asked the class to come up with all the things that they could think of where safety would be important.
They came up with everything from crossing the street to traffic safety. One of my students, Bernard, surprised me when he talked about safety while driving! I asked him to do some searches online and bring an example to class the next time we met. He brought in this example about texting and driving I am so proud of him going above and beyond the lesson in finding it!
I want to try to reinforce his creativity and the whole class as well with something unique and fun, so I suggested that we share this with you! Would you please add a link to the article for them on your page? They would be so proud to see that you did, even if it's only for a little while. I also don't think it hurt that I promised the whole group a pizza day if you did! Please let me know if you’d be willing so I can share the exciting news with them!
Thank you in advance!'
I hope this will make the kids day but also raise road safety issues inn our community's.
We recently wrote a blog about Role Play and how it has been misunderstood. If you are considering becoming an ORDIT registered trainer - or are already one and are due another inspection - then you may want to consider some of the following points when demonstrating your skills to an examiner.
If you want to develop these skills in role play then our Train the Trainer courses are an effective platform to either learn these skills or hone them. If you feel your role play and understanding of how to deliver a great lesson are up to scratch; and you have the skills that make a great trainer but are unsure of some aspects of ORDIT, then our ORDIT course would be the right course for you. You may want to consider both courses.
You can find all the details of the Train the Trainer and ORDIT courses by following this link .
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