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Driving Instructions For The Beginner

Apr 15, 2008
When a beginner undergoes driving instruction, the first phase normally followed by the driving instructor is the orientation of the student on the names and functions of the different parts of the vehicle that has to do with the driving of the vehicle.

The student driver at this time learns about the ignition key and its purpose, the steering wheel and its function, the gas pedal or accelerator and its function, the car's brakes and functions, the clutch and transmission lever and its function.

The instructor will teach the very basic points to the student seated in the driver's seat. This procedure will give him a feel of the real thing even when the vehicle is stationary yet.

With the engine still off, the student is asked to simulate the starting procedure, the clutching process to go through the different gears from first, thru the second gear, through third, and so on to fourth and fifth, and the reverse gear.

Once the tutor develops some confidence that the student has got the feel of these steps while the engine was at rest, the next step is to bring out the student driver to an open field, and is made to go through the second phase of the course.

He starts the engine, and then slowly moves the car forward under the watchful eye of the instructor seated on the right of the student driver. The student will need some time to learn how to get the right mix of gas pedal action with the clutch pedal. He will go through with some jumpy starts at first, but with more practice, the student should be able to get the right coordination of his right and left legs in a while. While doing this coordination of his right and left foot, he is simultaneously learning the careful handling the steering wheel to control the vehicle's direction in its initial movements.

If the open field is wide enough, the student goes through the different speeds corresponding to the different gears, including moving in the reverse gear. Several rounds around the field should give the student the chance to develop some confidence that he is learning to drive. The instructor at this stage will also give practical tests to the student on what he should do under varying driving conditions, simulating such conditions that the student driver could run into in actual road driving.

The next step after the student passes this second phase of the instruction is to bring out the student on the road, preferably in the less-traveled streets, to start giving him the feel of real driving. Before getting started on the actual road driving, he gets instructions on the various road regulations and procedures, to make him aware of the rules to follow in street driving.

The instructor gradually exposes the student driver to different road situations until he is ready to move to the busier streets.

After about a week of this driving on the road, the student normally should be relatively ready to strike out on his own. Before the tutor releases the student driver all by himself on the road, several days of driving around in the company of his tutor will enable the student to acquire more experience and confidence in his driving. That should not be very difficult for the average person.

For vehicles with automatic clutching mechanisms, learning to drive them could be much easier for the average driver-to-be.
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