Monthly Archives: June 2017

Lesson 6. Duration 2 hours

Well Annie did really well with her ‘voluntary research’ into Pedestrian Crossings. She came out with a lot of important info about them, and each ones uniqueness. Any gaps in her knowledge were filled in with some Q&A.

She reflected back to her rbts lessons and decided it would be good to start Ped X’s by working on the speed she should approach (I love it when customers begin to use previous experience to help them in the ‘now’) I feel Annie is really starting to get that skills and ideas can be transferred.

We discussed things that might impact her speed. We used her knowledge of skiing to think about what happens to her speed when she can’t see so well, or when she is not sure what the skier in front of her might do. What would happen if she assumed it was clear and assumed she knew what the skier in front might do. In her words ‘it’s good to be on the know’…love it

Discussed what help she might need, and off we went. Her doing her part of the ‘deal’ and me mine. Annie got the concept of speed and vision straight away. She understood the dangers and really wanted to be ‘in the know’.

I think it really helps sometimes setting some homework, home study, voluntary research or whatever you want to call it. They come with some knowledge and then it seems a bit easier to understand and ‘get’ once they experience it.

Annie was showing she was really comfortable and happy with Ped X’s. After a quick chat she confirmed she ‘got them’.

‘So what’s next then?’

‘Can we practise shields some more so I can get comfortable with them too?’

So off we went. I talked about her shields as we approached the first few, and then I did something a little naughty……..!

……..I felt she was doing well with the shields. She had asked me to talk her through some, but I felt it was only so she couldn’t be blamed for if it went wrong. So without letting her know I began to stop talking about shields at rbts…I know, naughty right!

She didn’t notice! She carried on all by her little self. Didn’t get anything wrong. Really proud of Annie, and I felt I was getting better at understanding her.

We discussed the shields and how she did. I asked if she had realised I’d stopped talking?

‘No? Did you?’ with a look of shock/surprise

‘Yeah I did…….so what does that tell us?’

‘You’re sneaky!’

We had a good laugh at that comment.

‘What else does it show you?’

‘That I can do it by myself I guess’

The ‘I guess’ comment at the end suggests to me that she was still having a little struggle with confidence in herself.

Next was meeting traffic (my suggestion, Annie didn’t know what she wanted to work on next). I did a demo drive of not so great hold back positions. Again pros & cons were discussed, and it was Annie’s turn. We had to imagine a few cars coming towards us (as the law of sod suggests no bugger came towards us when we wanted them to!) and we just practised pulling in to let an imaginary car through and moving off again. Always thinking about was that the easiest way and best place to stop.

We also had time for a little reversing practise. Just getting Annie to think about the best speed & where to look. I also gave her a couple of ‘tests’. Could she move the car closer to the kerb? Could she keep it the same distance?…she could! She picked up reversing really easily. Some people just do.

Annie had some news at the end of the lesson. Her parents had bought her a car to practise in and they were just waiting for the insurance to start. Annie was very excited. The reaction was great news, it showed me Annie enjoyed driving and was looking forward to driving between lessons.

We discussed what she had done well today. She was really happy she felt comfortable with rbts and Ped X’s. And she had enjoyed reversing. Next lesson we would work on some more meeting.

After Annie had done so well with reversing I decided I would do something a little naughty again next lesson….!

10/5/17 – Duration 2 hours

Our goals for today – To get more comfortable with Roundabouts

We discussed Annie’s goals for today, where she was with rbts, what she was good at and what did she feel was getting in the way of her being comfortable at rbts?

Annie didn’t know.

‘Ok how about we just go for a drive, take in a few rbts and you can get a feel for what’s getting in your way?’

‘Sounds good’

We decided who would be responsible for doing what, and for how long & off we went. About 15 mins later we pulled over.

‘So any thoughts about what’s getting in the way of being comfortable?’

‘Looking in my mirrors’

‘Great, can you tell me a little bit more?’

‘I look in my mirrors to see what’s happening behind me, then when I look to the front I forget to indicate. All the things I need to do are there, I just need to do it all the time’

‘What would help you to do it all the time?’

‘I don’t know, cause if I did I’d do it (fair point!) Maybe I need to relax a bit & stop panicking. I need to think, this is what I need to do and just do it. I’m getting better. The last run was better than last week.’

(These last comments from Annie really pleased me. It’s the most descriptive she’s been, and I thought her self reflection was excellent. Really pleased for Annie)

‘That’s great Annie. Can you describe what the overriding emotion is that’s stopping you relaxing?’


‘Brilliant, Anxious about what in particular?’

‘That I wont be able to do what I’m meant to do’

She was anxious about getting ‘things wrong’ again! I sensed Annie needed some positivity at this point.

‘Well lets look at what you CAN do’

‘Well, I know it’

‘How come?’

‘Cause you taught me to do it & understand it’

Hmm, I didn’t entirely agree. I think Annie has taught herself a hell of a lot of things that has helped her understanding…but I didn’t think it was the best time for that chat. I felt we were getting somewhere and wanted to keep her on track.

‘So do you want to go back to me talking you through rbts?’


I was starting to feel guilty. Maybe I had inadvertently pushed her too fast.

‘All of it? Have we moved too fast for you?

‘No I don’t think so. Having the responsibility makes me scared that’s all’

That last statement was really important for Annie & really helped my understanding of her.

‘Scared of what?’

‘In case I get it wrong. It’s annoying. You want to be able to do things.’

Annie clicked her fingers! Her eyes widened! Something had happened inside her head. I waited with baited breath.

‘It’s other cars!!’

‘What is?’

‘I don’t know what they’re doing!’

‘How come?’

‘I’m just not used to them I guess’

‘So how can I help you with that?’

‘Not sure’

‘I have an idea then. How about as we get up to the rbt I tell you where I think the cars are going?’

‘Yeah that’ll be so helpful. I know I can do this if there were no other cars around’

‘So driving at 3 in the morning how would you feel about rbts?’

‘They’ll be easy’

We quickly decided that I would use car colours to help her identify which one I was talking about and point if necessary. Annie also decided she wanted to do the route we had just done but the opposite way round.

Off we went. I kept to my part of the deal and tried to be as precise as possible, it wasn’t easy! At the same time I was trying to keep an eye on Annie & she seemed to be sitting a bit more comfortably as we approached, and this showed in her facial muscles as well. Had we found what was making Annie anxious at rbts? We pulled over.

How do you feel?’



‘Cause I know where the cars are going’

‘That’s fantastic Annie, and how does that make you feel better?’

‘Because I’m more confident I’m getting it right’

Annie seemed more chirpy.

I felt this was a good time to revisit what we finished with last week.

‘Yeah getting things right makes me feel good too. Just to go back to last lesson, did you get a chance to think about what getting things right means to you?’

Annie told me what it means to her, but she asked me not to write it in the blog in case any of her friends read it. Sorry people! It wasn’t anything that unusual, but it was just personal to Annie.

We got out the car and walked up to a rbt. Annie wanted to get a better understanding of where cars were going. We discussed where we needed to look for our ‘shields’ and what clues to pick up about the cars that would tell us where they were going. We went for another drive for Annie to work on this on the move, so Annie took responsibility for working out where cars were going.

Annie seemed to be happier. She needed help a couple of times but she looked more confident with the added responsibility.

At the end we discussed what she had done well. She felt rbts had got better because she had more responsibility (wow what a change!) She felt she was nearly there with them. Next lesson she would hope to feel good about them. She also wanted to start thinking about ped xing’s. So I set Annie a little ‘voluntary research!’….to tell me about 6 different crossings and what is unique about each one.

Lets see how she gets on………