Different Driving Contexts
So far your training focused on the mastery of car control skills and traffic situations. This is what is assessed with the current driving test and what traditional driver training covers.
However it is a fact that one in five newly qualified drivers is involved in a crash in the first six months after passing the driving test, so the question is:
Is there something we can do during the training to try to reduce the likelihood of having a crash so early?
The Goals for Driver Education ( GDE matrix ) takes into account the context of the trip and the role that our personality and beliefs play in choosing the way we drive. This study has produced a number of different scenarios that can be practiced and discussed during your driving lessons.
At this stage the aim is to let your true personality to emerge and understand how it might impact on your future driving style.
During normal training you are focused on the task of going from A to B under supervision but how will you react when you will be alone dealing with time pressure, peer pressure or work commitments? Will your driving be the same?
This is why it’s worth spending some driving lessons to cover topics as journey context, journey planning and risk assessments, concentration, emotions, being pressured from behind, speed adaptation and fatigue.
Knowing your strengths and limitations and how to cope with them can make a positive impact into developing a sense of awareness and responsibility towards yourself and the others and lay down the foundation for a safe and enjoyable driving career.