Step by step – or – rev by rev – passing your test:

Step by Step – or – Rev by Rev – Passing your test:

To begin at the beginning, (nearly always the preferred starting position for most people!) the Learner Driver, when he first undertakes the course of learning to drive, is beginning a series of actions that eventually take him to the point of being able to pass his driving test, and then doing so. This may seem just stating the obvious, but there is an applicable and salient point here, and that is that you are following a series of steps that progress from simple basics, right up to more complex understandings and procedures – such as doing a three-point turn, blindfold in a snowstorm! No, sorry – that isn’t a requirement of the Driving Test these days, just an attempt at a joke.

The fact is, that while learning to drive is a serious matter and should be worked at with due respect and diligence, it is still an activity that you should be able to enjoy. This can often get forgotten in all the detail and duress, seemingly involved in learning how to drive and passing one’s test.
This is an important enough point to bring up and to stress. There is a “purpose” to all of this toil and brain-ache, and that is to be able to drive safely and efficiently, and so go on to enjoy a lifetime of motoring as something rewarding and fun!

With that in mind, the prospective motorist should set out on the necessary steps of learning how to drive, with a bit of joy in his heart and a lift to his step. And talking of steps, that is what he will be going through, a step by step process, and one that goes through the needed gradients of increased skill and knowledge, until finally he is a tested and fully licensed driver! The steps that he progresses through are as follows:

Orientation of the names and functions of all the different parts of the car, the key parts of the engine, chassis as well as the controls and mechanisms to do with the driving of the vehicle. Then learning about the starting of the car, the use ignition key and the positioning of parts like the handbrake, mirrors, clutch and accelerator.

Then further understanding of all other parts of the car, including the steering wheel and correct positioning of hands, correct use of the car’s brakes, proper positioning of the seating, seat belts, etc. Then with the engine still off, the student is asked to simulate the starting procedure, the clutching process, and to go through the different gears from first, through second, third, and so on, through to fourth and fifth, and also proper use of the reverse gear.

Then, once the learner is sufficiently familiar and comfortable with all of these basic procedures, the Driving Instructor will have him start the engine, and slowly move the car forward. And so through a step by step process, the learner is gradiently brought through the whole action of being able to safely and confidently, start, control and stop a car.

The keynote to this whole procedure is summed up in one word: GRADIENT.

Always keep to the step of the procedure you need to get fully competent with, and then when you’ve achieved that, then, and only then, move on.

Never try and skip a gradient – always do it step by step – rev by rev!

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