The lesson plan for the ADI Standards check is roundabouts – Specifically finding/Judging a safe gap and staying in the lane around roundabouts
However, because of the pressure of the day and the pupil wrongly thinking that the examiner is watching them and not you as the driving instructor, the pupil keeps stalling.
At this point you should pull the student up at the side of the road and have a quick chat about how they are feeling. Are they nervous or worried? Because they don’t normally have a problem with clutch control? Is it because of driving with the extra weight in the car, which we haven’t done before?
Make light of the situation – Is it because of the person in the back? Are they making you nervous? They’re making me nervous! Then smile or laugh and say but there’s no need they are not watching you its not your driving test remember.
CHANGE THE PLAN
I tell you what chris, a big part of being able to pick safe gaps on roundabouts, is the ability to move off quickly and safely to get into those gaps. So we need to be concentrating on the gaps in the traffic, rather than worrying if we are going to stall or not.
So how about, for the next short while, we put doing the roundabouts to one side and focus on our moving off with the extra person in the car? – Then when we feel more confident in doing that, we will go back to gaps on roundabouts, does that seem good to you?
Now you are helping the pupil to work on the right subject, so when you do roundabouts they are more confident and able to fully focus on what you are teaching them