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Volume 1, Issue 6

eDriving Solutions - Weekly News Why finding cheap insurance for young drivers is a bumpy road Trying to get less than punitive cover could be as hard as passing your driving test. But there are still ways to cut costs. You've perfected the noble art of parallel parking, passed your test first time round, and itch to get behind the steering wheel and on the road as a fullyfledged young licence holder. Only there's one problem: you can't afford the insurance. Read more at: http:// www.guardian.co.uk/ money/2009/sep/06/motor -insurance-young-drivers

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Driving crimes in Grampian soar by 45% Figures revealed in report and getting behind the to go before joint police wheel without a licence board. increased by 45% in

Crimes such as dangerous driving, speeding

Samoa switches to driving on the left Samoa has become the first country since the 1970’s to change the side of the road on which cars are driven. At 0600 local time (1700 GMT) on Tuesday 8th September sirens sounded and drivers were told to move from the right side to the left. Police said that no accidents had been reported in the first few hours after the switch in the island nation despite predictions of chaos from critics. Read more at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/ hi/world/asiapacific/8243110.stm

Grampian between the last quarter of 2008 and

the first quarter of this year. Read more at: http:// www.pressandjournal.co.uk/ Article.aspx/1381296? UserKey&UserKey=

Why coach? The word coaching is being connected more and more with driver education but why is this? What is coaching and how does it differentiate from teaching? And why does it seem to be so strongly linked with the Goals for Driver Education. Ian Edwards, a Director of eDriving Solutions, and a member of the EU’s HERMES coaching project discusses these concepts in a number of articles over the coming few months starting with this overview. HERMES is a 3 year project that is investigating how best to use coaching in a driver educational context. Thanks to the CPD module (members click here to access this module) available on eDriving Solutions’ website, you will all be familiar with the Goals for Driver Education (Hatakka et al., 2002), and will know that the matrix contains a column headed self-evaluation. This column advocates that a driver should be aware of their own personal tendencies and their own strength and weakness. Or, as Engström et al puts it:

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The third column (“self-evaluation”) refers to a process whereby an individual tries to get feedback on his or her personal actions from within the self. In the context of driving it is a matter of becoming, or wanting to become aware of personal preconditions and tendencies as well as skills and abilities regarding manoeuvring, coping in traffic, planning of driving, and life in general. In short, being able to perceive realistically one’s own role for the success of a driving situation. Not only is self-evaluation seen as an important tool in driver training but also in the development of driving skills after training (Engström et al, 2003, p.56) (NB. Engström et al’s full report can be download from our members’ research library) This short statement makes at least two very interesting points. The first is the role of feedback from within the self. The first prerequisite of this is related to being self-aware and raising awareness is one of the key aims of coaching. The second point is the role that self-evaluation has in continued development and improvement. A driver who is able to self-evaluate is able to selflearn from their own experience. Frequently we think that learning from experience is a totally natural process, but is it? Surely after a crash or gaining points on a licence a driver would learn? However, this appears not to be the case as the National Driver Improvement Scheme and Speed Awareness Schemes were specifically set up to help drivers who had failed to learn. Boud (2003), writing about education in general makes a similar point regarding learning from experience: “Experience does not necessarily lead to learning: there needs to be an active engagement with it “(p.30). Coaching seeks to do exactly this as it aims to encourage the learner to evaluate their own performance through self-assessment and, in so doing, actively engage with their experience. Traditional teaching tends to use a top down approach where the instructor provides the answer, thus placing the learner in a “passive consumer” role

(Bartl 2007, p.6). Coaching is a more active approach to learning, the aim of the coach is to “help someone to learn” (Gallwey cited by Whitmore 2002, p.8) rather than to teach. This is achieved by the coach helping the learner to identify the issues that need to be addressed and then to develop their own solutions. In this way the learner is encouraged to practise and develop critical self-evaluation skills. Coaching also offers another significant advantage over traditional approaches to driver training. It allows the coach and the learner to explore how external influences, not present whilst learning, will impact on the decision making process. For example, a driver may drive well whilst in training but how will the presence of his or her peers affect their future behaviour? The use of appropriate coaching techniques would allow the coach to help the learner to consider these issues and to develop and internalise appropriate coping strategies. Of course these aims appear simple but understanding how to achieve them is more complex, over the coming weeks I hope to provide you with an insight into how coaching can be used, the relationship needed and some of the techniques. eDriving Solutions will be launching a coaching e-module in the next few weeks linked to a specially designed selfassessment tool for learners and instructors.

Users of the eDriving Solutions can now access award winning rapid breakdown cover provided by Green Flag. For details please visit: http://www.edrivingsolutions.com/learnerdefault.aspx

Is your Motor Insurance due for renewal? eDriving Solutions have teamed up with MCB Insurance Consultants and arranged a special discount for our members. MCB will give a 5% discount on their driving tuition policies and provide their normal Legal Expenses cover (including replacement car facility) free of charge. For details please see the offers page in the business section of the instructor site.

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