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#1 04-12-11 08:09:26

hoylake
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Maps

A couple of observations;

1  When mock testing a higher percentage of clients struggle with maps than following road signs.

2  I know this will be different from TC to TC but at Heysham over the last month or so. I've witnessed more maps being shown for ID.
   One year ago it was exclusively following road signs to a destination, its as though the DSA has just got around to supplying them.


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#2 04-12-11 08:13:23

Roadmaster
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Re: Maps

I advise my pupils to tell the examiner they don't want to see the map and just follow the instructions.

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#3 04-12-11 21:22:25

slicknic
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Re: Maps

At the TC I use they were using mostly maps. I sat in a test recently where the examiner kept the map on his clipboard so the candidate could glance down to see it. I would have preferred to see her eyes on the road rather than looking down.

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#4 04-12-11 22:21:31

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Re: Maps

The 2 test centres I use are very different.
One is mostly following signs as there are are plenty of signs to follow (although as most of the routes overlap it usually ends up being the same signs!). The other is mostly diagrams as signage is poor - there are only 2 independent routes out of the 20 that use signs.

When mock testing I don't use any diagrams, I try and get clients used to remembering 4 directions. Most of them are amazed by their powers of retention!!!!

Directions-wise, once reasonable car control is established I bring in the 'follow directions for...' quite early on, usually after 4 or 5 lessons. Also helps to identify anyone who has marginal eyesight. They may be able to read a number plate at 20ish metres but reading a sign from a far enough distance that enables planning in advance is a whole different matter, especially at night or poor weather.

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#5 04-12-11 22:37:55

hoylake
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Re: Maps

Chris I'm interested how you know there are 20 test routes as they aren't published? Or are you guessing?

My TC used to have 10 routes, now no-one knows how many there are estimates are between 16 and 21.
Its a good thing because people who used to follow test routes can't hope to do all routes [if they did know them] this would make them an expensive option as a trainer big_smile

Former TCM told me that the old routes pre ID were so well known and used that they watched candidates get their fingers ready before they had given the instruction yikes


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#6 14-12-11 14:55:07

kaf
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Re: Maps

The number of routes is no secret, we have 12, used to be 15, just that the details are not published.

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