My client learner driver that wanted to kill me the other day had another driving lesson yesterday, and as she walked up to the car, was proudly holding her copy of The Official DVSA Driving Manual, which I promptly checked she had read by asking a few questions about junctions and MSPSL.
After completing her cockpit drill, she asked me about approaching a T-junction on a hill, to which I gave her some advise and mentioned we would practise that during the driving lesson.
Right from the way she pulled off, through the way she approached the first junction, I could see that she had listened to the peep talk I had given her after her last lesson and indeed had been reading and thinking about the information contained in the Driving Manual.
The first exercise of the day was the 'parallel park', which though she did not nail on the first attempt, she showed good control of the car, so we then did the 'turn in the road' this was carried out to test standard, that I decided to introduce the 'reverse round the corner' while things were going well.
After the usual briefing, I talked her through the exercise without any problems, the second attempt wasn't as good in the accuracy department, but control was still kept. As time was running out, we made our way home, leaving her to deal with a mini roundabout on her own without any prompting from me, and she dealt with the situation very well approaching at a safe speed, taking effective observations and using the gap in the traffic to proceed safely.
At the end of the driving lesson, I was happy with what she had done, and so was she, I shall see how things go tomorrow, hoping to continue with the 'reverse round the corner'.
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