Our Newly Qualified Driver Training Course brings something new and refreshing to driver training. New drivers are the most vulnerable of all road users, none more so than newly qualified young drivers. As the father of sons who seem to know no fear, Neill is keenly aware of the potential for disaster and the worry that parents of new young drivers must go through. We have developed a training program tailored to the most vulnerable of all drivers – young and newly qualified licence holders. Our training is motorsport based. Not because we expect all young drivers to be passionate competitors, but because the motorsport and track environment is a controlled place to practice skills that are difficult to replicate safely on the roads. Additionally, many of the mental attitudes of a successful competition driver carry over well to safe road driving.
The Mental Attitude of New Drivers
The importance of attitude and emotional stability. It comes as no surprise that the most successful competition drivers in the world today display a calmness when in-car video is viewed. More emotional and excitable drivers may win races, but rarely championships. The correct mental attitude has a huge effect on driver safety.
Developing The Car Control Skills of New Drivers
In addition to the driver’s attitude, their initial skill set of car control is inadequate. Part of the day is spent developing the basic car control ability of a newly qualified driver and teaching how to recognise the onset of understeer and oversteer characteristics and how to correct and recover the car. Developing new techniques in using a driver’s vision as a vital tool and learning where to look, when and how to use the information forms a large part of the day.
It is inevitable that newly qualified drivers will wish to use their new freedom to it’s limits. We aim to give them an additional safety net of skills at a time when they are most vulnerable.