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Driver Training Progress Record

Driver's recordThe Driver’s Progress Report Card

The driver’s training progress record is based on the recommended syllabus for learning to drive and lists all the competencies necessary for safe driving. It will help the learner driver to see what progress they have made and identify the competencies yet to be covered.

Once the record is fully completed, it will show that all the skills linked to safe driving have been covered to a satisfactory level and that the pupil is ready to take the test.

The Marking system

A pupil’s progress is recorded by writing a number in the box alongside the relevant competence that corresponds with the level of ability demonstrated in that lesson. There are five levels:- 

1 – Introduced – Something new has been introduced and has not been practiced. 
2 – Under full instruction – Instructor talks through to help pupil carry out the task
3 – Prompted – Pupil takes some responsibility for their learning, but needs reminding and help from the Instructor
4 – Seldom prompted – Pupil takes more responsibility for their learning, and the Instructor may prompt on odd occasions if the pupil forgets.

5 – Independent – pupil can drive fully by themselves with no help from Instructor, which will indicate they are ready for the driving test

The marks should only reflect the pupil’s skill in that particular topic. Some competencies require more than one skill. For example, reversing includes observation, control, and accuracy. Therefore, the level recorded should reflect the overall performance for each competence in that lesson.

Competences

The key competencies that make up the official recommended syllabus are tabulated and linked to the skills that a pupil should master to demonstrate competence in that area. Under-pinning knowledge for each competency is listed below with the relevant information.

For detailed information about this or any other area, please refer to the source material listed below:
• Driving – the essential skills
• The Highway Code
• Know Your Traffic Signs
• Vehicle handbook

The Competences

COCKPIT CHECKS (DSSSM)

  • doors
  • seat including head restraints
  • steering
  • seat belt
  • mirrors

Underpinning knowledge

  • order of adjustment
  • best driving position
  • mirror adjustment
  • variety of seat adjustments

SAFETY CHECKS

  • before moving off 6 point check
  • must check blind spot
  • use correct indicators if required

Underpinning knowledge

  • all round good observation before driving off  from a parked position
  • both blind spot check
  • moving off safely with correct indicators if required

CONTROLS & INSTRUMENTS

  • accelerator, clutch, and footbrake
  • handbrake, steering, speedometer, horn, indicators
    and gears
  • instrument panel warning lights
  • wipers
  • hazard, reversing, side, fog and headlights
  • demister and heated windows
  • manufacturer’s options

Underpinning knowledge

  • the function of each
  • the effects of incorrect use
  • how to read and understand them

MOVING AWAY & STOPPING

  • MSPSL – routine
  • observation and blind spots
  • control and co-ordination
  • on a level and on gradient
  • at an angle and straight ahead

Underpinning knowledge

  • co-ordination of accelerator, clutch, and footbrake
  • handbrake and steering
  • where and when to look and what to look for
  • suitable stopping places
  • signals when necessary

MIRRORS – VISION & USE

  • interior and exterior
  • flat, concave, and convex

Underpinning knowledge

  • MSPSL – routine
  • when to use them
  • why they should be used
  • how to act on what is seen
  • blind spots
  • frequency of checks and why

SIGNALS

  • by arm and by indicators
  • brake, reversing, and hazard lights
  • by other road users and traffic controllers

Underpinning knowledge

  • why signals are necessary
  • when and how to signal
  • unnecessary signals

SAFE POSITIONING

  • normal driving
  • lane discipline
  • passing stationary vehicles and obstructions
  • bends

Underpinning knowledge

  • MSPSL – routine
  • other vehicles positioning (LGV, cyclists, etc)
  • wide and narrow roads
  • one-way streets

USE OF SPEED

  • appropriate speed
  • making progress
  • hesitancy

Underpinning knowledge

  • national speed limits
  • restricted speed limits
  • road and weather conditions
  • traffic conditions
  • pedestrian activity
  • topping distances

ANTICIPATION & PLANNING

  • risk awareness in connection with:
  • drivers, cyclists, motorcyclists
  • pedestrians, animals
  • road works, emergency vehicles
  • any other road users

Underpinning knowledge

  • MSPSL – routine
  • Hazard perception
  • Visual warnings
  • Times and places of high risk
  • Weather conditions
  • Scanning and priorities

JUNCTIONS:

  • Turning left and right
  • T-junctions and Y-junctions
  • crossroads and slip roads
  • marked and unmarked junctions
  • one-way streets
  • urban, rural
  • dual carriageways

Underpinning knowledge

  • MSPSL – routine
  • turning, entering and emerging
  • advance warning signs and road markings
  • zones of vision
  • priorities

ROUNDABOUTS

  • mini and major
  • multiple and satellite
  • traffic light controlled
  • approaching and entering
  • leaving and turning
  • straight ahead

Underpinning knowledge

  • MSPSL – routine
  • lane discipline
  • correct position
  • zones of vision
  • observation
  • priorities

PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS

  • controlled eg. pelican, puffin, toucan
  •  uncontrolled eg. zebra
  • school crossing patrols

Underpinning knowledge

  • MSPSL – routine
  • visual warnings
  • speed of approach and overtaking
  • times and places of high risk
  • waiting pedestrians
  • central refuges and split crossings
  • weather conditions
  • scanning

OTHER TRAFFIC

  • meeting
  • crossing 
  • overtaking

Underpinning knowledge

  • MSPSL – routine
  • when and why to give way
  • passing places and warning signs
  • obstructions, parked vehicles…
  • Planning and anticipation
  • how to act on what is seen

DUAL CARRIAGEWAYS

  • urban
  • rural and clearways

Underpinning knowledge

  • MSPSL – routine
  • speed limits
  • lane discipline
  • advance warning and information signs
  • joining, leaving and turning
  • breakdowns, hazard lights and triangles
  • motorways
  • road and weather conditions

TURNING THE VEHICLE AROUND

  • flat and cambered roads
  • wide and narrow roads

Underpinning knowledge

  • safe, legal and convenient
  • co-ordination of foot and hand controls
  • steering (position and method)
  • judgment and accuracy
  • observation
  • signal options

PULL UP ON THE RIGHT & REVERSING

  • pull up on the right side safely 
  • reverse straight
  • flat and cambered roads

Underpinning knowledge

  • safe, convenient, and legal
  • co-ordination of foot and hand controls
  • steering (position and method)
  • judgment and accuracy
  • observation
  • signal options
  • re-joining driving position

PARKING

  • In a bay and parallel
  • on level and on gradient

Underpinning knowledge

  • safe, legal, and convenient
  • co-ordination of foot and hand controls
  • steering – position, and method
  • judgment and accuracy
  • observation
  • signal options

EMERGENCY STOP

  • quick reaction
  • control and skidding

Underpinning knowledge

  • hazard perception
  • clutch and brake co-ordination
  • ABS
  • front and rear wheel skid control
  • defensive driving
  • road and weather conditions
  • moving away safely

INDEPENDENT DRIVING

  • following traffic signs
  • using sat-nav

Underpinning knowledge

  • MSPSL – routine
  • drive without directions from the instructor
  • reading traffic signs and road markings
  • awareness and planning