Imagine you are conducting a normal driving lesson and after briefing your learner
about todays lesson, you set off into the sunset and while your learner tries to
put what they just learned into action. How will they know if they are doing something
correctly or if its all going wrong? The answer is via feedback and encouragement,
and this is part of your job title as a driving instructor.
During your ADI part 3 test, you should be constantly providing adequate feedback
towards your ‘pupil’ throughout the test, encouragement will be less frequent but,
if timed well, will ensure the ‘pupil’ gains some confidence. You may feel this
section of the marking sheet is very similar to the ‘communication’ section and
you are right, feedback/encouragement is a form of communication however it is a
specific form of communication which can easily be a reason for a negative result
in the test outcome.
As touched upon, feedback should be maintained throughout the test as a way to ensure
constant communication. When following the road ahead at a roundabout, upon noticing
that your ‘pupil’ has checked the correct mirrors, you can acknowledge this and
perhaps ask why they checked all of their mirrors. If you realise the pupils driving
style is economical you can comment on this and convert this into encouragement
by promoting this style of driving. You should keep any encouragement moderate and
refrain from strong encouragement by sticking to simple phrases such as ‘good, correct
and well done’, any stronger encouragement can give the pupil a feeling of ‘job
done’ and leave no room for improvement.
This section is regarded as a grey area to some budding driving instructors, however
it really isn’t too difficult when broken down. There are two key factors here,
keep feedback constant throughout your test and keep encouragement moderate and
well timed, avoid providing your ‘pupil’ encouragement whilst in the middle of a
tricky situation as this can give the SE a chance to mess up as a way of showing
the negative effects of ill timed encouragement.