Quite often a new pupil will try and change gears very quickly. This makes the gearbox clunky and it often feels difficult to get the car in gear. It’s quite difficult to explain to someone about synchromesh while they are learning to drive so I usually resort to just saying they need to change gear smoother and slower. Some of my pupils are more ‘geeky’ minded (like me) so here’s what I think is a good little video explaining what synchromesh is and how it works. It also shows how the movement of the gear lever translates into the different gears, and, why you need them.
The following two videos were produced by the DVSA. They are certainly worth watching. Ensure you know the controls for the car you are taking the test in. They might be different. My Kia Rio has slightly different controls to the car in these videos.
There’s a wealth of resources on line for both the theory and practical tests. When I come across one that’s new to me I try and help by posting a link to it. So here’s a one that offers free theory mock tests. Have a go!
Just how much does texting or answering your mobile distract you while you’re driving.
This interesting little game produced by motors.co.uk aims to show you why it’s seriously a bad idea.
On my lessons I often highlight how a pupil’s driving has suffered simply because we’ve been talking about something and ask them to consider what would happen if I were replaced by one of their friends, their kids etc.