I now introduce the concept that I call a counting method. The idea is that by following the steps. A student can learn to be able to judge how to emerge out of or into a side road. There are 5 steps.
Find a safe straight road clear of traffic for about 50 meters. Pullover and park on the left. The idea of the exercise is to move off and travel about 10 meters to the count of 5. This may sound easy, but several learners have trouble coordinating their pedals and need practice. The counting method helps them concentrate on, what to do. That is a handbrake on, engage 1st gear and bring the pedal up to a biting point. Then make sure it is safe to move before starting to count. So as the count starts on 1 release the handbrake. 2 start to bring the clutch fully up while balancing the power of the engine to the car moving on the road. 3 to 5 is applying the gas and changing gear to increasing the speed of the car to pass the 10-meter mark.
Step 2 and 3
Once a student can do Step 1 confidently, we move on, steps 2 and 3 using the counting method. In these steps, the student emerges from a T Junction or turns right into a side road. For now, making sure it is safe to turn to keep students feeling safe. I would suggest doing these turns with no traffic coming towards them. When the student feels confident turning into or out of a road using the counting method. they can move on, step 4.
I explain to the students, they can now emerge from a junction using, the counting method. They can recognise that if when turning into or out of a junction. It will be safe so long as the is, no traffic closer than the count of 5. So, they need to be able to recognise how far a car would normally travel in a straight line to the count of 5. What I do now take the student to a straight road where they can travel for over the count of 5. I will get the student to drive down a road and pick a landmark to drive by. Then they use the counting method to drive down the road and note where the car is when we reach the 5 count and continue driving.
When it is safe, I bring the student back to the area where they did the straight-line count to 5. I get them to stop at the first landmark and look down the road and see where they reached when they counted 5. They now have a visual idea of how far a car will travel. I take them to a T junction and discuss how far away a car travels for them to safely emerge from the junction. I then take them to a turn right. Then get them to see how far a car needs to be away for them to safely cross a road,
When discussing how they can use the information they’ve learnt using the counting method. I encourage the person helping them to ensure it is safe. Because stopping at a junction and holding up traffic can lead to problems
I hope this training method is useful for you. Please let me know what you think in the comments bellow