At the beginning of my in-car teaching career, I would walk away from each lesson with a sore neck and a minor tension headache. It can be very stressful to know that your safety (and your employer’s vehicle) is in the hands of an overconfident and under-competent student driver.
What makes teaching new drivers so stressful is that they’re often unpredictable – simply because they haven’t enough experience to consistently perform the predictable action. Every new situation is a new opportunity to make a mistake.
So, it wasn’t long before I started looking for ways to predict my students’ errors during lessons. And, today, I’m going to share four signs of imminent driver action (or inaction) that I have found to be most reliable and effective in reducing instructor stress headaches.