Uckfield Driving Lessons
Student drivers in Uckfield face unique challenges when learning which are peculiar to the area: narrow and winding country lanes bordered by high hedges which make visibility difficult; a steep, busy and congested high street made more difficult to negotiate by a series of pedestrian crossings, concealed junctions and on road parking, the busy Tesco roundabout and the by-pass, punctuated by a myriad of roundabouts.
Our instructors have the training and experience to guide learner drivers through these specific local driving challenges.
So how do our instructors teach and support our clients to deal with these difficulties?
Steering Clear driving instructors are not only trained to teach driving skills. As well as teaching our students to reverse around a corner or to emerge from a busy junction, we also coach our students to be aware of the actions and behaviour of other road users.
We teach our learner drivers to take responsibility for the outcomes of their own driving decisions, and to develop into mature, rounded users of the road.
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Our commitment to Client Centred Learning
Underpinning this approach is our commitment to client centred learning. Successful driver tuition is characterised by flexibility and sensitivity. This means that the instructor is able to understand and respond to the learning needs of his student. Each student is different and they bring with them their own beliefs and values, some students lack confidence and don’t like answering questions while other students are overconfident in terms of their own skills and abilities. Some students want to receive constant instruction, while others prefer support through prompting.
Coaching as a teaching technique provides the focus for client centred learning. Steering Clear Uckfield students are encouraged to analyse how best they learn, determine what support they would like from their instructor and to review objectively how they have performed and what improvements they would wish to make.
With over 15 years experience, our instructors achieve the highest test pass rates.
Approved and licensed
Our instructors are all approved by the Driving Vehicle Standards Agency.
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Fundamental Coaching Techniques
For our students to achieve their goals, our instructors have developed five fundamental coaching skills:
Establishing and developing rapport with the student
We do this by finding out how best the student learns, e.g. by using diagrams or merely providing a verbal explanation. Our instructors are also sensitive to the pupil’s body language, the tone of voice used and the speed of speech. It’s through this sensitivity that we establish a strong relationship with our learners.
Deep listening combines a number of techniques: summarising, paraphrasing, repeating back, questioning and nodding. It’s a technique designed to assure the student that their needs are being recognised and understood. Deep listening also helps to establish and strengthen an equal relationship between instructor and student driver.
Creative & open questioning
Open and creative questions allow the instructor to identify any fears and preconceptions which could become a barrier to learning. It also helps the student to examine the way they handle the vehicle, for example, if the student driver fails to slow down when approaching junctions because they are worried about tailgaters.
Open & honest feedback
Feedback between instructor and student driver means the pupil is able to evaluate and reflect upon their driving when they are unsupervised. If a newly qualified driver is involved in a safety critical incident and they have been coached to develop self-evaluation skills, they will be able to reflect on this incident to determine what they will do to prevent a similar one occurring in the future.
Use of intuition
As driving instructors, it is important that we use our intuition to help students develop coping strategies. Instructors need to understand how their students’ behaviour and reactions can be a reflection of their own thoughts or fears. An overly tight grip of the steering wheel could be a sign that a beginner is afraid of changing direction.