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The Roads and Maritime Services requires students to demonstrate their knowledge and driving ability in 20 key point areas to progress to obtaining a red "P" Plate licence.

Please select the lesson plan from the list below for full details of each element of the course. Many of the lessons provided by Adept Driver Training incorporate more than one of the following elements.

  • Information

    At the end of this lesson the student will be able to:

    • Operate seating controls to obtain a correct seating position,
    • Operate steering column adjustment controls,
    • Adjust the driver`s seat position for comfort, safety and good accessibility to controls,
    • Correct fastening and adjustment of seatbelts,
    • Adjust rear view mirrors,
    • Identify and check vehicle blind spots,
    • Identify and allow for vehicle blockouts.
  • Vehicle controls

    At the end of this lesson the student will be able to:

    • Locate and understand the function of controls, gauges and warning lights.
  • Preparing to drive

    At the end of this lesson the student will be able to:

    • Move the vehicle from and return to the kerb in a safe and effective manner.
  • Steering

    At the end of this lesson the student will be able to:

    • Manage the 2 steering techniques taught, how to maintain good hand position on the steering wheel, and to look into the direction of the turn to see hazards earlier.
  • Changing gears

    At the end of this lesson the student will be able to:

    • Demonstrate the correct use of the vehicles gears, including whilst driving up or down steep hills.
  • Scanning

    At the end of this lesson the student will be able to:

    • Correctly scan the driving environment for hazards and important information.
  • Reversing

    At the end of this lesson the student will be able to:

    • Correctly use observation skills, mirrors, maintain speed control, select the correct gear, perform a three point turn and use the reversing aids fitted to the vehicle.
  • Simple traffic

    At the end of this lesson the student will be able to:

    • Correctly identify and explain the rules for Stop, Give Way signs and T intersections.
    • Carry out intersection observations including mirror checks and intersecting traffic.
    • Maintain the correct road position for approach and exit turns at intersections.
    • Signal for a turn.
    • Negotiate single lane roundabouts.
    • Identify simple traffic lights.
    • Correctly demonstrate their knowledge of the road rules.
    • Maintain a 3 second following distance behind other vehicles.
  • Parking

    At the end of this lesson the student will be able to:

    • Complete three point turns, a reverse parallel park, a 45, 60 or 90 degree, front or rear to the kerb angle parking.
  • Complex traffic

    At the end of this lesson the student will be able to:

    • How to drive safely in complex traffic situations (all-round observation is an essential part of safe driving. Be vigilant and keep your eyes moving constantly taking in information, and driving to the conditions and situations as they arise).
  • Changing lanes

    At the end of this lesson the student will be able to:

    • Legally and safely merge, change lanes and overtake parked vehicles, then complete overtaking manoeuvres on multi-lane roadways.
  • Speed management

    At the end of this lesson the student will be able to:

    • Maintain a crash avoidance space to the front of the vehicle by managing the vehicle speed.
  • Road positioning

    At the end of this lesson the student will be able to:

    • Maintain a crash avoidance space to the sides of the vehicle by selecting and maintaining the appropriate speed and road position.
  • Decision making

    At the end of this lesson the student will be able to:

    • Safely make decisions when joining or crossing traffic, changing lanes or proceeding at traffic lights.
  • Responding to hazards

    At the end of this lesson the student will be able to:

    • Identify hazards and respond in various ways such as covering the brakes, easing off the accelerator, set up (and squeeze) brakes and buffering.
  • Driving at night

    At the end of this lesson the student will be able to:

    • Identify the use of vehicle head lights and the use and restrictions for high beam lights. Techniques to avoid glare from other vehicles head lights.
  • Driving in adverse conditions

    At the end of this lesson the student will be able to:

    • Correctly use windscreen wipers and demisters.
    • How to give extra attention to road surface conditions.
    • Increase the following distance from 3 seconds to 4 or more in adverse conditions.
    • Driving with reduced visibility.
    • Smoother acceleration, braking and cornering to avoid the loss of tyre grip.
    • Increased observation of pedestrians required.
    • Be aware of their crash avoidance space and continually adapt to new potential hazards before they can become a problem.
    • Reduce speed to respond to the changing conditions.
  • Country driving

    At the end of this lesson the student will be able to:

    • Safely drive on various surfaces, in rural environments, and apply low risk driving techniques on highways and country roads.
  • City and motorway driving

    At the end of this lesson the student will be able to:

    • Review warning signs such as Transit Lanes, Bus Lanes and Keep Left Unless Overtaking signs.
    • Have practiced low risk driving paying attention to following distances, scanning the roadway, buffering and checking blind spots.
  • Preparing for the driving test

    At the end of this lesson the student will be able to pass the driving test by:

    • Making all required adjustments to enable safe, comfortable and effective control of the vehicle.
    • Locate and understand the function of controls, gauges and warning lights.
    • Move the vehicle from and return to the kerb.
    • Use a smooth and effective method of steering.
    • Change gears smoothly and efficiently to suit road conditions, speed and vehicle requirements.
    • Use your eyes to scan the driving environment for important information and hazards.
    • Safely reverse the vehicle.
    • Safely and legally drive in low to medium density traffic, whilst encountering simple every day traffic situations.
    • Park the vehicle safely and legally.
    • Safely and legally drive in medium high density, complex traffic situations.
    • Safely and legally change lanes, merge, diverge and overtake other vehicles.
    • Maintain a crash avoidance space to the front of the vehicle by managing the vehicle speed.
    • Maintain a crash avoidance space to the sides of the vehicle by selecting appropriate road positions.
    • Make safe decisions when joining or crossing traffic, lane changing or proceeding at traffic lights.
    • Protect crash avoidance space by making an appropriate response to hazards.
    • Gain experience driving at night time.
    • Gain experience driving in adverse conditions such as wet weather, fog, snow and ice.
    • Gain experience driving in rural environments.
    • Gain experience driving in complex and busy city traffic and motorway environments.