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#1 26-03-11 21:20:33

pumpkin
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What to expect on an assessment drive?

Hi,

I'm just wondering what to expect from an assessment drive?
Will I literally just be driving around?....will I be asked to do manoeuvres?

Thanx

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#2 26-03-11 21:23:29

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Re: What to expect on an assessment drive?

Hi Pumpkin,

It really depends on the individual doing the assessment drive.

Is it part of an IAM or RoADAR Group or through an independent instructor?

Brian

#3 26-03-11 21:25:23

pumpkin
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Re: What to expect on an assessment drive?

Hi Brian,

It's with an IAM observer..

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#4 27-03-11 09:38:42

Gizmotime
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Re: What to expect on an assessment drive?

Hi Brian,

It's with an IAM observer..

If it's the first drive,(which it will be for an Assesment), the Observer will watch how you drive, use your gears, your observations etc etc. You may be asked to reverse round a left hand corner, but other manouvers you should be able to do as you have passed your test.
Good Luck smile

Giz

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#5 27-03-11 09:43:26

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Re: What to expect on an assessment drive?

Hi,

I'm just wondering what to expect from an assessment drive?
Will I literally just be driving around?....will I be asked to do manoeuvres?

Thanx

I hope that is a FREE assessment - that is what my group does

It's to get a general overview of your current driving so drive normally
Putting extra effort into the drive from what you normally do will give a false overview

You may get asked - what can you see - and/or - what do you intend to do about it


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Leicester group of advanced motorists
LGV instructor from 2005 to 2008

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#6 28-03-11 10:27:48

pumpkin
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Re: What to expect on an assessment drive?

Hi Giz, thanx for the advice and reply..reverse round left corner was the manouevre I dreaded doing, think I might have a little practice..lol

Rog, yes it is a free assessment..lol..just waiting for a confirmed date, as for driving normally that's a good point, I'll have to make sure I remember it, I'm already getting nervous..lol

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#7 28-03-11 12:22:11

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Re: What to expect on an assessment drive?

No need to be nervous

This is nothing like the DSA training and test you did for your basic licence

The observer will not TELL you what to do like your ADI did for the basic training

The observer will ASK you to turn left or right etc as they will have a specific route in mind

The observer may SUGGEST that you might like to CONSIDER doing something a different way

The observer will explain that if you do not want to do something they suggest then you do not have to as you are the driver in charge of the vehicle and not them

Remember - YOU are in charge NOT the observer
If the observer in any way objects to that then stop and tell them to get out and make their own way back !!


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Leicester group of advanced motorists
LGV instructor from 2005 to 2008

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#8 28-03-11 13:33:48

Gizmotime
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Re: What to expect on an assessment drive?

The observer will explain that if you do not want to do something they suggest then you do not have to as you are the driver in charge of the vehicle and not them

Remember - YOU are in charge NOT the observer
If the observer in any way objects to that then stop and tell them to get out and make their own way back !!

Not the correct way to go about it really, what you should do is, stop in a convenient legal place, and discuss the problem, Tell your Observer your concerns, and if you can't sort it out then speak to the Chairman or the Senior Observer, we ALL have to abide by the rules.
Their should be no need for you to tell anyone to get out and make their own way back. wink
In 11 years I have NEVER not been able to sort anything out amicably.

Giz

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#9 28-03-11 14:51:29

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Re: What to expect on an assessment drive?

(ROG) wrote:

The observer will explain that if you do not want to do something they suggest then you do not have to as you are the driver in charge of the vehicle and not them

Remember - YOU are in charge NOT the observer
If the observer in any way objects to that then stop and tell them to get out and make their own way back !!

Not the correct way to go about it really, what you should do is, stop in a convenient legal place, and discuss the problem, Tell your Observer your concerns, and if you can't sort it out then speak to the Chairman or the Senior Observer, we ALL have to abide by the rules.
Their should be no need for you to tell anyone to get out and make their own way back. wink
In 11 years I have NEVER not been able to sort anything out amicably.

Giz

Of course it's not the right way!!

I was just trying to get across how much in-charge the driver was to try and alleviate the nervousness


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Leicester group of advanced motorists
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#10 28-03-11 16:05:29

pumpkin
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Re: What to expect on an assessment drive?

Thanx Giz and Rog..u two did make me giggle..lol

I will have to remember those couple of comments to alleviate the nerves on the day..hopefully they work..eeek

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#11 28-03-11 17:00:30

Gizmotime
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Re: What to expect on an assessment drive?

Thanx Giz and Rog..u two did make me giggle..lol

We aim to please, seriously don't worry about it, you'll be fine hun smile

Giz

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#12 28-03-11 17:07:50

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Re: What to expect on an assessment drive?

Thanx Giz and Rog..u two did make me giggle..lol

I will have to remember those couple of comments to alleviate the nerves on the day..hopefully they work..eeek

Put a smile on your face and keep it there for the whole drive - it's surprising how well that works

Same thing works for phone calls - seriously


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#13 31-03-11 11:24:39

pumpkin
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Re: What to expect on an assessment drive?

Well I got the call about 20mins ago...I'm doing my assessment drive Tuesday morning...panic stations!!...lol

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#14 31-03-11 12:07:19

Gizmotime
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Registered: 05-04-04
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Re: What to expect on an assessment drive?

Well I got the call about 20mins ago...I'm doing my assessment drive Tuesday morning...panic stations!!...lol

No need to panic, you'll be fine just drive as you normally would it will give the Observer a better overhall view of what you need to improve on smile

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#15 17-04-11 16:16:43

ratty
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Registered: 05-02-11
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Re: What to expect on an assessment drive?

Well I got the call about 20mins ago...I'm doing my assessment drive Tuesday morning...panic stations!!...lol

So how did it go?

Are you an ADI? If so, why does the thought of someone looking at your driving 'panic' you?

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#16 17-04-11 20:09:17

pumpkin
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Re: What to expect on an assessment drive?

Hi Ratty, no I'm not an ADI..would love to be but only passed my test 8 months ago.

I had to change the date of my assessment due to car problems, all sorted now and having my assessment on the 27th...thanks for asking though.

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#17 27-04-11 11:50:52

pumpkin
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Re: What to expect on an assessment drive?

Hi,

Just thought I'd write an update, I had my assessment drive this morning and it went brilliantly!

The observer was a nice bloke and explained how the assessment was going to go and how my driving would be scored. My nerves settled within about 10 minutes, I drove in my normal way to the point that there was a couple of jerky moments..lol.

It went really well and when it came to the briefing at the end I was given some good advice and the all important "scores"...I expected 3's and 4's at best, I got a 4 in Making Progress, this didn't surprise me because I'm quite happy to dawdle along..lol, I got 3's in Positioning and Starting Off Procedures and I was shocked when told I'd got 2's in Gears, Braking, Signaling and Approach To Hazards!

I loved every minute of the drive and would happily do it again, it has given me a great confidence boost in my driving ability and I'm so glad I did it...got a few things to work on while I make a decision about my next step.

Pumpkin

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#18 27-04-11 14:15:13

Gizmotime
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Re: What to expect on an assessment drive?

Glad everything went well, I new it would wink

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#19 27-04-11 16:59:53

pumpkin
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Re: What to expect on an assessment drive?

Thanks Giz and thanks for the advice!

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#20 27-04-11 17:04:00

Gizmotime
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From: Bolton Lancashire
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Re: What to expect on an assessment drive?

No problem hum, you know where we are if you need us wink

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#21 27-04-11 18:38:58

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Posts: 1,551

Re: What to expect on an assessment drive?

Not anything like a test was it?


IAM Observer
Leicester group of advanced motorists
LGV instructor from 2005 to 2008

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#22 27-04-11 20:22:21

pumpkin
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Registered: 03-02-11
Posts: 21

Re: What to expect on an assessment drive?

Hi ROG,

It was NOTHING like a test..lol..very relaxed (after my initial 10mins of worry..lol)..I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Thankyou for ur advise

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#23 27-04-11 20:31:01

ratty
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Re: What to expect on an assessment drive?

Nice to hear that you enjoyed the assessment, so, what's next?

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#24 27-04-11 20:43:31

pumpkin
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Posts: 21

Re: What to expect on an assessment drive?

Hi Ratty,

I've got some stuff to work on before I'm test ready so gonna work at it as much as possible and probably look into doing the IAM's course.

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