1. They became nervous in a test environment – a common outcome: This is where the understanding of human behaviour and traffic psychology becomes very important, no one is perfect – assessors or students. My learners get to recognise that ALL of us make mistakes – assessors and learners – The most important thing to remember in a test environment is that the assessor is only human too – they have families and daily problems just like my learners – their perspective of your driving skills is the best they can offer as an observing licensed driver in a 50 minute time frame – we respect their position and integrity – it’s not an easy job with a huge responsibility – to allow you onto the road.
There should not be feelings of insecurity or incompetency as a learner if you are trained well. You will be capable and it will be a choice to be “nervous” prior to an assessment). 2. Candidates became nervous because they made a mistake in the test and didn’t “put it behind” them and refocus. 3. Candidates didn’t put the hours/time into their driving skills prior to test 4. Candidates were taught an inappropriate method of completing various manoeuvres. (Roundabouts are a classic example – very few experienced driver want to know or obey signalling rules at roundabouts) 5. Candidates were encouraged sit the test before being ready. (Competency based testing methods has a great deal of merit and works so much more effectively in many states of Australia – (where driving instructors progressively assess competencies rather than “test” learners.)
WHY it’s preferable to teach automatic instead of manual – for L2 license Simply because legislation in Tasmania lends itself to driving an auto on L2 tests. The test does not distinguish between either manual or automatic vehicles and: it is simply so much easier to drive an automatic car under a test situation than a manual car. There is no chance of stalling, restarting, rolling back on hills, poor gear changes. The list goes on. By all means, if you are really good at driving a manual car and have completed a minimum of at least 30 hours of driving and you are damned competent at smooth town or city driving then sit assessment for your L2’s in a manual.
WHY it’s Okay or even preferable to use an automatic car in preference over manual for P1 license. Under a test environment things don’t always go as planned. It is so much easier to pass a P1 test in an automatic car than in a manual car. A lot of focus and attention can be given to the road environment when not having to remember gear changing, particularly when performing the required manoeuvres of the P1 test. Secondly the cost of a test is such that if a gamble of passing is based on a learners competency then financially a learner would be better off sitting an automatic license test in the P1 and then after a short time sitting a cheaper transition/addition test whereby a short driving test in a manual car is completed to add the class to the automatic license. Thirdly, the automatic car license becomes an unrestricted car license after 3 years anyway in Tasmania when you ask Service Tasmania for the restriction to be removed from the licence. I teach learner drivers in their own registered vehicle. Learner drivers learn faster in a non dual controlled car. Don’t let driving schools tell you that you need to learn in their dual controlled car!!! It CAN mean more work=money for them as they can INHIBIT your learning via the instructor utilising the dual controls for longer than absolutely necessary (YES I have been teaching for over 30 years – have seen it all) Many instructors are reluctant to teach in client provided cars as they perceive a higher crash risk, however, if the environment is appropriate for learning according to the conditions, this is never an issue.
Zippers Driving School from NT have some useful information available for free download – please check this out – especially complicated intersections and give way rules: