The Vehicle in Motion
Techniques of Maneuvering
Understand and be able to transmit the knowledge of the techniques (skills) needed to maneuver the vehicle
The Fish of the Lesson
(Facts that you took away from the lesson and can apply to teaching)
- Skills that are needed to put the car in motion
- Positioning the car on the road to help the student driver make good informed choices
- Transferring information to the student driver through their own experiences
- Allow the student to make mistakes and self correct to gain experience (independent practice )
- Turn head and body and drive the back of the car. Steering should be done as to control the direction of where the back of the car goes, as well giving consideration to where the front may swing. Try not to make moves in reverse to quick as the car may swing unpredictably.
- Braking and stopping are equally challenging so more pedal pressure may be necessary and greater distance should be allowed for stopping.
- Never use mirrors or cameras alone to judge distances, students should be aware of their surrounding at all times to spot potential hazards.
- Both hands should be on the wheel at or about 10 & 2 or 9 & 3.
- Beginning drivers tend to Wander “off-track” out of their lane position.
- Students should be made aware of slight changes to the position of the car. Small movements at specific points are needed and will come with experience.
- Teach them to “Aim High” looking ahead to anticipate steering changes.
- Constant eye movement helps keep the driver aware of his vehicle’s relationship to his or her lane and the entire road.
- Lane Changes
- SMOG. Signal, Mirror (check), Observation, Go (if all is clear)
- Steer from your lane smoothly and progressively, not sharply and directly.
- When driving you can never truly know, whats out there or next to you. Could be a bike with Timmy on it.
- Steering in turns “The Turn” “The Recovery”
- We want to teach our student to turn from their lane into their lane.
- Teach them with out lines on the road first, then with lines if you can.
- Teaching them without lines first helps them appropriate when they do.
- Many residential areas don’t have lines, so they will have to drive on many streets without them.
- Should begin about half-way through the turn
- Two methods of recovery
- Reverse direction of hand-over hand steering
- “Controlled Slipping”
- While maintaining constant contact with the steering wheel, allow it to slip through the driver’s hand
- Tighten hold and stop slippage when wheels have straightened
- Avoid over- and under-steering
Speed Control –
- Speed is a contributing factor in approximately one-third of fatal accidents.
- Speed should be adjusted to the flow of traffic.
- Accidents likelihood is directly related to a vehicle’s deviation from the average speed of traffic.
- The Speedometer should be checked frequently
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