I have been in the industry for over ten years in Townsville. As a driving instructor I enjoy learning new techniques in training and have seen major changes in vehicle manufacture and road legislation. In 1993 I completed a Certificate 3 in Driving Instruction and after returning to the industry in 2009 completed a Certificate 4 in Driver Training. In 2010 I attended a Trainer and Assessor course with Selmar Institute. When the Australian Government introduced the Keys2drive I became accredited to deliver the program. For personal development I keep updated with First Aid and CPR Courses and attending Defensive Driving Courses. I am a member of the ADTA-Q and have participated in the Masters Drivers Program which encourages good business ethics and professional development amongst accredited Driver Trainers.
Watching new learners develop knowledge and skills needed to achieve P plate status is very rewarding. Though I believe, that is not the end of the journey for new drivers, who like every road user needs to search out new skills, defensive driving attitudes and safe driving practices to survive on our roads.
Each learner is an individual with individual learning needs.
The Learner’s comprehension of driving, (legislation and skills) depends on the individual’s learning ability, their cognitive skills, the learner’s eye, hand and feet coordination and understanding basic mechanical concepts of vehicle operation. Patience and empathy are the keys to teaching, together with making the learning process lots of fun. The new learner requires professional lessons to help with expounding the road rules and to get honest feedback for readiness to P-Plate driving.
I have an Auto Hyundai Accent hatchback and Manual Nissan Pulsar St-L Sedan both fitted with dual control Cables also will teach in the student’s own car providing their vehicle is roadworthy and meets transport department standards and covered with learner insurance.
- The first lesson will be undertaken in one of the driving school vehicles.