two girls happy driving a convertable car on a sunny day

This example is a client whom arrive with a previous 10 or 20 hours of driving experience.

Most every session allows the client driver time to get the car setup and get their brain back into the task of driving which could take up to 15 minutes driving around in a quiet area. While this is happeneing my brain does an assessment of the skills and I carefully remember moves that can be used later in the session to alert the driver to a possible change or improvement. I do this for every client every time. I like to have an empty brain for each session with no preassumed judgement from previous drives.

what happens on a driving lesson
  1. Listen to the client’s words: Example: When the driver says, “I get nervous at intersections,” this tell me about your ability to judge your skills. How aware is the driver?
  2. Lead (or follow) clients’ suggestions: Example: If the driver says, “I prefer to drive on quieter roads,” this tell me something about their own skill level and concerns of safety or the complex.
  3. Observe clients driving (15+ minute drive): Example: During the drive, I notice that the driver hesitates at a four way ointersectoin as another car approches.
  4. Present biggest difficulty/solution (the single biggest chunk): The driver doesnt pay attention to the signs but noticed every single car and pedestrians esspecially the moving ones.
  5. Proof (& repeat) using the clients’ own words & actions: We talk about what I see is the biggest issue to attack giving theory and some exmaples as we practise a few moves to reinforce the teaching. We then return to the first 15 minute incident to allow the driver to see that preevious sitaution with new eyes.
  6. Listen to the client’s words/changes: I really got the importance of signs today and yes before today I woudl only really watch the toher cars without a clear undersatnding of the signage.
  7. Executive engaged to overview plan: Togther we come up with suggested future practise items and plans and compare each assessment of what is top of mind and what’s next to get closer to success.

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