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Combo Driving Course

The combo driving course is essentially designed with the prime objective of empowering and enabling a parent relative or friend (Mentor) of the learner driver to assist and supervise him/her while s/he is learning to drive.

By making available course and study material specifically designed to facilitate this process, under the supervision and guidance of specifically trained ADI’s.

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The process of doing a combo course would involve a set routine of primary instruction by the ADI, where it would be preferable for the Mentor to attend the initial stages of tuition in each module. In the first module there would be no test, unless the learner driver has already mastered the primary skills of clutch control, moving off and stopping.

To make the course more effective it would be of great advantage if the Mentor could attend the final hour of each lesson. This would give the ADI an opportunity to give the Mentor feedback on problem areas the student may be having. It would also benefit the Mentor to ensure that the proper teaching methods and procedures as required by the driving standards agency (DSA) are implemented. There is a further advantage in as much as it refreshes the knowledge of the Mentor and brings his skills set in line with current practice and progress.

The supervision elements by the ADI should be assessed along the following lines;

Primary assessment; control – all aspects of control fall within this category, and may be defined within the auspices of vehicle control in all its aspects (clutch, appropriate gear, speed, steering etc)

Secondary assessment; accuracy- the ability to place the vehicle within the confines and restrictions as imposed by the available space for manoeuvring and moving, the vehicle to achieve a specific objective (correct assessment of available space, adequate clearance, driving between the lines etc)

Tertiary assessment; safety and observation – the correct interpretation and proper adherence to the rules of the road, road signs, road markings, traffic lights and roundabouts etc.

The Combo Course.

Mentor and student (p) (3-5hrs);
Preparation for module 1; Mentor will explain the various controls inside the car to the student.
Read up and explain how the clutch works, why it is needed and what it is used for.

Lesson plan, module 1; (ADI) (3hrs)
Access knowledge and discuss all the controls.
Controls, cockpit drill, mirrors, moving off and stopping.

Mentor and student (1) (3-5hrs);
Revise module 1; moving off and stopping should be done in a quiet area, where there is a lot of space, the Mentor needs to be extremely attentive and take total responsibility for safety (If the facilities are not available this practice may have to be done under the supervision of the ADI.)

Lesson plan, module 2; (ADI) (4hrs)
Asses progress on module 1. Sign off or recommend further practice.
Junctions, turning left and right, light controlled junctions and roundabouts.
Teach reversing, reverse bay park and turn in the road.

Mentor and student (2) (6hrs or more);
Practice reversing in a quiet area, and then the Bay park and the turn in the road. Start with basic junction practice, emerging turning left and right, then crossroads and turning into a minor road from a major road.

Lesson plan, module 3; (ADI) (4hrs)
Evaluate and assess practice sessions, reversing, bay park and turn in the road. Extended revision of moving off, stopping, junctions and cross roads.
Discuss and teach all aspects of roundabouts and pedestrian crossings.
Terminate the lesson with a quick introduction and practice of the emergency stop.

Mentor and student (3) (6hrs or more);
Continued practice on reversing, Bay park and the turn in the road. Practice using junctions of all kinds and start to do extended roadwork with the learner. Gradual introduction to more difficult road and traffic conditions. Be particularly aware of the proper approach to roundabouts, junctions of all kinds and pedestrian crossings.

Lesson plan, module 4; (ADI) (4hrs)
Evaluate and assess practice sessions, general drive for about 40 minutes exposing the learner to a wide variety of junctions, roundabouts and pedestrian crossings.
Teach and assess meeting traffic, planning and anticipation.
Teach the left reverse on the corner. Reassess the emergency stop.

Mentor and student (4) (5hrs or more);
Continued practice of the manoeuvres already covered.
The learner should now start to get proficient with their road craft, and most important of all they should start doing more and more independent driving. The Mentor now needs to change his role from that of being a teacher and intensive supervisor to that of coaching. This is sometimes a very difficult mental approach change for a Mentor.

Lesson plan, module 5; (ADI) (4hrs)
Evaluate and assess by doing a mock test with the student lasting approximately 40 minutes. Do not interrupt the student while they driving only interfere in cases which could be dangerous or hazardous. The student should now be approaching an independent driving stage and the most important skill set to focus on now should be anticipation and planning.
Teach the parallel park and introduce the student to dual carriageway driving. Before going on to the dual carriageway be sure that the student has a firm grasp on the use of mirrors and the interpretation of how to evaluate where and how cars in adjoining lanes or located by the effective use of the mirrors.

Mentor and student (5) (4hrs or more);
The student should be at a independent driving phase and the Mentor should be quietly but effectively attentive of the actions of the student but keep their interference to an absolute minimum. Continual practice on all the manoeuvres leaving the driving process in the hands of the student as much as is possible.

Lesson plan, module 6; (ADI) (2hrs)
One hour mock test covering all of the manoeuvres. Detailed analysis of faults and corrective action teaching where necessary.

Mentor and student (6) (4hrs or more);
The same as 5 above.

Lesson plan, module 7; (ADI) (2hrs)
One hour mock test, covering all the manoeuvres. Detailed analysis of faults and corrective action teaching where necessary.

The proficiency of the student will determine whether any further lessons are required by the ADI?

A good way to evaluate the readiness of the student for their final driving test is the following, they should be able to drive up to a situation where they need to do a manoeuvre, complete the manoeuvre without any faults on their first try and drive off. They should also be able to drive without any major or serious faults for periods of 60 minutes or more. It is imperative that the student is able to do this on an independent basis.

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Definitions used in this document.

ADI – approved driving instructor (as defined by the DSA {Driving Standards Agency})

Combo course – intensive driving course intended to be completed over a period of 2 to 3 months with teaching and supervision under the auspices of an ADI. Further practice and introductions being supervised by a Mentor.

Mentor – a parent, guardian, relative or friend who has the necessary United Kingdom driving licence which he has held for more than three years and is over the age of 21. Ideally, the Mentor must be someone who has been driving for a substantially longer period of time. It would also be extremely useful if he has the qualities of patience.

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