ABOUT THE PROFESSIONAL DRIVING CONSULTANCY
The Professional Driving Consultancy (PDC) succeeded the Dynamic Defensive Driving School (established in Lismore in May 1993) on 1 October 2004.
It has been continuously serving the wider Lismore, Ballina and Casino areas by offering coursework and assessments in Dynamic Defensive Driving. PDC also offers RMS Older Driving Assessments and free (Commonwealth Government funded) Keys2Drive “‘L’s to ‘P’s with 6 months Zero Harm” driving lessons.
The Professional Driving Consultancy has always kept completely up to date with modern vocational educational and training guidelines. In fact, it’s often helped set them!
It is, therefore, definitely not like traditional driving schools.
PDC rarely ‘instructs’ or ‘directs’. It guides, suggests and it helps.
It provides positive, reinforcing, oral and written feedback.
Unlike schools’ (logic-based) classroom teaching of 25 + people at a time, PDC tuition is one-on-one.
(Although your supervising driver is welcome to come with you (if arranged beforehand).)
So PDC actively cultivates ‘lateral (“right brain”) learning’, better balancing the brain. Thereby also increasing the likelihood of better academic results. And increased self-esteem.
The Professional Driving Consultancy takes full responsibility for all its paid actions.
For many years PDC has been a member of the New South Wales Driver Trainers Association (NSW DTA).
The NSW DTA helps to underwrite PDC’s vocational and ethical responsibilities.
These include holding professional indemnity and public liability insurances. As well as third party and comprehensive insurances.
‘Professional’ also means that applicants’ learning is, unlike conventional commercial instruction, not just confined to Test circuits.
PDC clients learn to drive well, not just ‘pass the Test’.
The Professional Driving Consultancy imparts defensive driving skills right from the start.
Since the introduction in March 1993 of the (now-superseded) Driver Ability Road Test (DART), NSW driving tests have expected applicants to habitually use ‘worst case’ thinking.
In other words, applicants have needed to demonstrate strategic and proactive driving skills. Skills which enable applicants to defend themselves against any involvement in potential collisions caused by other road-users, not just themselves.
PDC teaches skills of ‘dynamic defensive driving’.
‘Dynamic’ represents both channeled energy (c. f. ‘dynamo’) and the ability to keep one or more forces in balance with others (c. f. ‘dynamic equilibrium’).
‘Defensive’ means avoiding other people’s collisions as well as one’s own.
This driving method replaces techniques used in emergency services, race-track or recreational off-road driving.
These techniques are not encouraged.
They place too great a demand on the skill depth of novice drivers.
More importantly, their use implies and tends to encourage an aggressive rather than a defensive attitude.
A further aspect about the Professional Driving Consultancy is that it has always actively encouraged its clients to choose a structured series of professional driving sessions (‘CourseWork’).
‘Dynamic Defensive Driving’ (‘3D’) CourseWork packages are discounted – deliberately.
It progressively and with balance builds a platform of deepenable driving skills,
Clients’ willingness to commit to 3D CourseWork is itself a sign that they will end up driving well.
3D CourseWork is anchored through actively using the 3D WorkSheet, firstly with the consultant, then with facilitators.
The 3D WorkSheet is an amazingly informative sheet of paper which folds to pocket size.
It can record a client’s progress from the simple to the complex.
It can precisely record how to do the set-piece exercises of the RMS driving test (e.g. 3 point turns and reverse parallel parking).
The 3D WorkSheet both affirms and can challenge supervising drivers.
Its use lets clients start learning once they sit in the PDC driver’s seat.
It complements log books.
And it helps enormously in private practice.
The 3D WorkSheet also includes deeper questions about how to best enter roundabouts and about how to negotiate marked intersections.
Perhaps best of all, using the 3D WorkSheet means that even long (2 hour or even longer) driving lessons seem to pass in a flash. And with deep and recorded learning!
TIMING OF PROFESSIONAL DRIVING SESSIONS
The best time to start is as soon as possible after gaining a learners licence.
PDC helps clients knit together a strong interdependent deepenable set of driving skills.
At least 80% of clients become at least 80% likely to pass the driving test within 10 hours of professional tuition.
Clients’ log-books record 10 PDC hours as 30 hours.
It then becomes so much easier for facilitators (parents, relatives & friends) to then help clients deepen those skills.
YEAR 10 OFFERS MORE LEARN-TO-DRIVE TIME THAN YEAR 11
(WHICH IN TURN OFFERS MORE THAN YEAR 12)
AND IT IS 28 TIMES HARDER TO UNDO OLD HABITS THAN EMPLACE NEW ONES!