Is Good Driving Habits Just Claptrap?

Is Learning to Drive an Acquired Taste or Just Claptrap
Posted: Should one really be bothered about developing good driving habits? Can one just drive and let nature take control? Can one realy learn to drive better with the right attitude? Read More …
Post by @JonMatthewsDS, Mar 06, 2017.
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Parallel Park in 30 minutes

The 1 - One - 1 - One Technique
Posted: Learn how to reverse parallel park in just 30 minutes. Driving instructors at Jon Matthews Driving School give detailed explanation on how to reverse parallel park between parked cars.
Post by @JonMatthewsDS, Dec 31, 2016.
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Parrallel Park in 30 Minutes

Quite often, many a learner driver looks forward to reverse parallel park with nervoursness hinged on the grip or being petrified.

Your driving test examiner will ask you to pull up on the side of the road, approximately 3 car lengths behind a parked up car. You will be informed you've got two car spaces to complete, including your car.

How to UNDERSTAND this article The steering amount is one full turn (360 degrees) BRISKLY.

Any text written in bold is important. Please pay attention to words in CAPITAL letters as well, and in italics.

Getting Started:

Before moving

  • Put car in 1st gear
  • Get a low biting point
  • Look around EFFECTIVELY, especially over left & right shoulders
  • If safe, lower parking brake
  • Steer briskly right to get your car parallel to vehicle in front
  • Straignten up wheel, possitioning about half a metre, to no more than a metre next to said car, slightly ahead.
  • STOP! Use hand brake. Foot Brake Off! (makes your RED breke lights go off).

WHERE to stop. Ideally, slightly ahead, your shoulder in-line with the bumper.

Choose Reverse Gear.

  • Get the biting point
  • Look around again, especially the blind spots over your left & right shoulders
  • If safe, lower parking brake, to start reversing
  • As you start reversing backwards, look around again, mostly over left shoulder out the back window.
  • When your car reaches bumber to bumper position STOP! (footbrake not necessary here.)

Ideally, when the two cars a leveled up bumper to bumper STOP!

Why stop here? This is your Point-of-Turn Observation

When you start turning the wheel, your car will swing out, rightwards, more onto the opposing tarrific, hence the observation.

Remember to keep looking around pro-actively. If any hazard comes within 2 car spaces of your car, stop to let them move out to somewhere safe before continuing.

  • If safe, steer briskly LEFT 360 degrees (one full turn, not full lock)
  • Your car will swing out towards RIGHT
  • When car reaches 2 'O clock position, steer briskly RIGHT, one full turn, basically undoing the first left turn

You will now be moving away from the middle of the road, towards the kerb. The car may pick up speed because of the downward sloping camber

  • You should see your PASSENGER rear side moving pretty close to kerb on left.
  • When close enough to kerb, sometimes kerb actually disappears, steer briskly RIGHT again
  • your front passenger side will now begin swinging back towards the kerb
  • Keep looking around for potential hazards
  • When your car is parrallel to kerb, steer briskly LEFT, undoing the 2nd right turn

Don't forget you are being marked for OBSERVATION and CONTROL of the car. Keep looking, establihing eye contact with other road users.

  • Your car will now be staight as will be your front tyres
  • Turn round looking mainly out the rear window
  • Reverse another 1 foot or so, ensuring you are not too close to the car behind you (pretend there is one)
  • STOP! Secure car with Parking brake
  • Don't forget to put car out of gear.

  • Shift gear to NUETRAL position
  • Slowly release feet from pedals
  • Relax, JOB DONE!
  • Your examiner will instruct you on what to do next, normally drive on down the road, almost at an angle.


    NOTE... do not memorise this one LEFT- 1 RIGHT - one RIGHT - 1 LEFT technique.

    You are be better off understanding what the task is, and keeping an eye on where the car is turning, based on where you want the car to g next, and by how much. But don't forget the observation throughout the excercise.

    At bumper to bumper, steer left

    At two o clock angle, steer right

    When close to kerb, steer right again

    When car is parrallel to kerb, steer left to straigthen front wheels

    The skills required to reverse parallel park is pretty basic. First things first, understand the task, the hazards, & how to stop safely and proactively. Parallel park is easy.

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    Why People Fail To Succeed

    Posted: Article about why failing to plan properly leads to failure, and how to plan for the future success of your endeavours
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    Developing your life chances is important, but you need to be able to learn new things and be able to learn them quickly in order to survive in life.

    how people learn

    Some people just seem to be able to get things right away, and they always seem to be prepared to handle anything or learn anything new. If they don’t know it, they can pick it up really quickly. Not all of us are so lucky. The rest of mankind need some extra kicking to get off the grond. Basically, we are not all so adept at hitting the ground running. So why do people fail to succeed?

    The only thing, that keeps people from succeeding is, mainly, themselves. Anything is possible if we only believe that we are capable of the endevour. We waste one hundred of the shots that we never take. If you want to learn something new, you should go for it. Otherwise, you end up looking back at your life wondering at the catalogue of utterly wasted opportunities. You need to know how people learn things while you are young enough to do something about it.

    Learning New Skills

    When you want to learn something new, you need to be able to visualise it. See if it is really something that you want to pursue. If you get halfway through learning new skills and then realise that it wasn’t worth it, you will have wasted as much of your time as you would have not doing it at all. If you think that you will be interested in learning it no matter how difficult it will become, then this is truly something that is worth learning.

    Teaching The Learner

    As the dedicated educator, it is the teacher’s task finding obstacle to the pupil gaining new ideas, knowledge, or skills. After identifying these hurdles to personal development, analysis should be made with the learner taking charge of the learning opportunity. Once the pupil has taken the challenge of defeating ignorance, and overcoming these barriers to growth, the final stage is actually putting an achievable goal. A plan is therefore required to practice what needs to be done to improve the target skill set.

    One of the parts of how people learn new things is that they keep the end in mind. Think of it like this: you are in a dark tunnel. If you cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel, you will not be very motivated to continue to your goal because you cannot see it. However, if you can see that light, you will be able to find the motivation to reach the end of that tunnel. Determination is something that people need when they are learning new skills. Without determination, you will not get very far in learning.

    There is one thing that you need to do to succeed. Set long term goals and short term goals. Long term goals are the things that you will eventually get to. Short term goals entice you to keep working towards your long term goal. Give yourself some treats for achieving little parts of the big picture. This will ensure that you can learn successfully.

    The driving instructor who wants to succeed at helping the pupil with learning to drive, needs the right skills and knowledge to change the pupil’s attitude and approach to driving. The driving instructor should, therefore, be able to identify why the pupil is not learning, help the novice understand the reason for failure with thorough analytical thoughts of effects and consequences, then proceed to rectify the knowledge gap. Even when the learner has shown improvement, the teacher should never be complacent.

    Teachers must check their pupil’s knowledge by challenging their reason for suppposed good behaviour, or the newly acquired skills. It is no surprise the student goes through a swathe of tests and examinations to be awarded any certificate of merit.

    Recording Failure

    Imagine having ripped apart all your primary school reports. Imagine, also, having no memory of the first time you were stung by a wasp, be or other insects in your life journey. With nothing to remind you of your previous misadventures, there will hardly be a reason to want to succeed. Now imagine being unable to remember if it hurts to stick your finger into naked fire. It’s a recipe for disaster.

    Failure itself is not a great tragedy. Think again of all the drug trials. How many experiments have been performed before something as simple as penicillin was discovered. We all need hypotheses, but critically, we need to make a note of why things went wrong.

    We’ve all heard how so many people say “This is History repeating itself.” This is a sign that there is evidence of previous failure but the person, or persons concerned, somehow ignored the lessons within. We all know war is bad, but mankind has not learned to live peacfully since the begining of time. And it is tragic.

    Advice is heeded less when most needed. That’s something we all know happens everyday. Here, the pupil is willfully, or unwittingly, refusing to act on supposed good advice, normally strewn from the tutor’s life experiences. Where advice is not taken, or taken in doubt, failure gets the upper hand while success is plunged into the dark side of reality.

    If you’re thinking of becoming a driving instructor remember you need to help people out of the duldrums of repeated failures. But first, you need to improve your approach to learning new skills.


    The obstacles to learning new skills and knowledge may be sheer ignorance and lack of practice, but there are other factors at play.

    People will always want to succeed in life; even if a for the sake of learning something from it. We are wired that way. We can only learn new skills to improve our life chances by recognising why others have failed, or from our own individual failures of the past. This rich conglomerate of life experiences helps the student with how to learn new skills, quicker, easier, and cheaper. Remember: Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.

    Post by @JonMatthewsDS, Dec 31, 2016.
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