Driving Lessons Brighton
In Brighton, learner drivers face the challenge of not only learning in a busy city, but also in dealing with a number of difficult road features.
Our driving lessons are taught by instructors that have the training and experience to guide students successfully through these: the 7 Dials and 5 Ways traffic systems, the congested road along the seafront and the mini roundabout opposite Brighton Pier are but a few of the driving challenges Brighton motorists face on a daily basis.
But how then do our driving lessons teach and support our clients to deal with these difficulties?
At Steering Clear, all our driving lessons are structured to not only teach driving skills. For example, hand in hand with the ability to reverse around a corner or to emerge at a busy junction, we coach our students to be mindful of the actions and behaviour of other road users as well as their own; to take responsibility for the outcomes of their own driving decisions and to develop into mature and rounded users of the road.
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Foundations of successfully teaching students to drive
Underpinning this approach is our commitment to coaching as a teaching technique. The foundation of a successful coaching approach is the development by the driving instructor of five essential skills:
Establishing and developing rapport with the student
This is achieved by finding out how best the student learns e.g. by using diagrams or merely providing a verbal explanation. Our driving lessons are run by teachers who are sensitive to the pupil’s body language, are conscious of the tone of voice used and the speed of speech. All these factors help to establish good student driver rapport.
Deep listening combines a number of techniques: paraphrasing, summarising, repeating back, nodding and questioning. They are all designed to assure the learner driver that their needs have been recognised and understood, which helps to establish and strengthen an equal relationship between instructor and student driver in their lessons.
Creative & open questioning
Open and creative questions aid the teacher in identifying fears and beliefs which could be a barrier to learning and helps the student to express views which could impact on the way they handle the vehicle. For example the student driver fails to slow down on the approach to junctions because he is worried about tailgaters.
Open & honest feedback
The process of feedback between instructor and learner develops the student so that they can evaluate and reflect upon their driving when they are unsupervised. If a newly qualified driver is involved in a ‘near miss’ incident and has been coached to develop self-evaluation skills, they will be able to reflect on this incident and determine how to prevent a similar one occurring in the future.
Use of intuition
As driving instructors, it is important that we use our intuition to develop coping strategies in our student drivers; they need to understand how their behaviour and reactions can be a reflection of their thoughts and feelings. An overly tight grip of the steering wheel can be a sign that a beginner is perhaps fearful of changing direction.