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Driving in Carina with My Driving School

Carina is a suburb situated close to the Carindale shopping centre. A number of main roads pass through this area, and there are also some interesting back roads that can be quite useful for learner drivers to practise on.

Because of all the traffic near Carindale shopping centre, this can be a great place for students to learn to be comfortable around other drivers. Students can practise either on the main roads while driving 60 or 70 kms, or feeling comfortable in the car parks of Carindale shopping centre. They can also practise at the other end of Carina, down in the Bunnings car park.

As a beginner, the experience of being in and amongst other drivers can prove quite daunting. Ideally, I would always want my students to be aware of absolutely everything going on around them. However, this may be too much for some learner drivers at the beginning, so it’s useful to keep some priorities in mind:

  1. Firstly, we must always steer correctly in our lane.
  2. Secondly, we must be aware of the car ahead of us.
  3. Thirdly, we must try to maintain the correct speed.

If we cover these points first, then as we get more experienced we can take in more of the traffic hazards, signs and markings on the roads that give us key information about the roads we drive on. In the meantime, I would trust the supervisor and let them worry about traffic hazards and any signs that may be important.

Another interesting place in Carina is Todman Street. This is a great place for students who are looking to enhance their steering and observation skills. This street is incredibly windy and is full of little islands that can be quite tough to negotiate.

Lastly, as a student progresses, I believe the most important skills to learn are decision making, and control of the car in tough intersections. If you go to the corner of D’Arcy Road and Creek Road you find a very tough intersection. We all want our kids to be safe on the roads and the only way to teach them good skills on the road is to practice them. I would encourage all learners and parents to get out to these places so they are fully equipped to handle the roads on their own.

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