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Nissan Tiida automatic

Nissan Tiida 5-door hatchback, 1.8 litre 4-cylinder engine, 4-speed hydraulic automatic transmission with in-line shift.
Owned & Operated by Connie.
Equipped with dual brake & accelerator pedals.
Also equipped for disabled driver training: "push-pat" hand controlled accelerator & brake, electronic steering wheel spinner knob with fingertip controls for wiper, indicators etc, removable left foot accelerator pedal, additional wide-angle side mirrors.

Suzuki Swift manual

Owned & operated by John.
5-door hatchback [NT]913·633.
Suzuki swift 1.5 litre 4-cylinder engine, 5-speed manual transmission.
Equipped with dual brake, clutch & accelerator pedals.

Interior View

Mitsubishi Lancer automatic

Owned & operated by John.
Mitsubishi Lancer 4-door sedan, 2.4 litre 4-cylinder engine, 4-speed hydraulic automatic transmission with J-pattern shift.
Equipped with dual brake & accelerator pedals.

Interior View

Instructor's Dual Controls

The minimum requirement for dual controls on a training vehicle is a dual brake pedal on the passenger's side.

Driving schools such as ours have a dual accelerator pedal and a dual clutch (manual cars only) fitted as well. This gives us better control - for example if you "stall" trying to move off at traffic lights we can take over and get the car moving, sometimes if we detect that you are about to stall we can even "save the situation" by using our dual clutch pedal.
This reduces the embarrassment factor for students especially when they confront traffic situations for the first time.

Sometimes we are asked if we have dual steering wheels - no we don't need them as we can reach the steering wheel from our position when the circumstances demand it, we can also reach the gear lever and handbrake from our side as well.

Training aids used during in-car lessons

In-car training aids used depends on the instructor and his/her teaching style, but typical aids used by this group include:
  • Road diagrams, general and local
  • Model cars (often used with the road diagrams)
  • Manual gear-change diagrams
  • Traffic cones and parking poles

Safety equipment and other accessories

(photos published soon)
Safety Equipment:
  • Reflective safety triangles, traffic cones
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Safety vests with reflective strip
  • Torch
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First Aid kit
Other Accessories:
  • Gloves (e.g. for changing wheel)
  • Umbrellas (in season)
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