Driving through Byron Bay is a must for all learners to experience during the day, night and adverse weather conditions. Learners driving in Byron Bay have the opportunity to experience CBD driving on a smaller scale, with all the hazards. There is the need for continual hazard awareness due to increased pedestrians, push bikes and vehicle activity.
Learners will gain experience in blind spot checks, mirror checks and traveling at a safe speed limit relevant to the area. This is a great opportunity for manual drivers to practice clutch control and smooth gear changes with the constant start/stopping.
Byron Bay learners have the opportunity to gain confidence entering and exiting busy roundabouts with proper indication on entry and exit as required. This confidence will enable them to maintain the flow of traffic.
Byron Bay has pedestrian crossings however pedestrians often cross the road where there is no pedestrian crossing. In this environment, learners become hyper-vigilant with their hazard monitoring and perception.
Byron Bay gives the learners the opportunity to practice kerb side stops and reverse parallel parking in both main streets for the more confident and the quiet residential streets to build confidence.
From Byron Bay we can escape and get out onto some country roads that need to be experienced by all learners whilst under supervision. Learners travel along Ewingsdale Road and onto the Hinterland Way.
Learners drive the Hinterland Way to Ross Lane and continue into Lennox Head, giving further opportunity to practice kerb side stops, parking and reverse parallel parking, speed management, hazard awareness and changing gears. We return to Byron Bay via Byron Bay Road or the M1. Learners also have the opportunity to turn off the Hinterland Way at Bangalow and travel along Bangalow Road towards Lismore.
The Hinterland Way is a country road superceeded by the M1. There is still moderate traffic flow along this road including trucks, cars and motorbikes. This road is hilly and has a speed limit of 80km with lots of corners. Learners travelling this road gain experience in vehicle control and decision making. They learn to choose safe speeds for cornering, maintain a safe crash avoidance space and control the vehicle speed on steep descents. During night drives learners experience being blinded by headlights of oncoming vehicles and use high beam to increase visibility.
Travelling along Bangalow Road opens up numerous opportunities for country drives on windy narrow roads. Learners will travel along Friday Hut Road, Fernleigh Road or Booyong Road towards Tintenbar or loop back towards Bangalow. There is the opportunity to travel along Binna Burra Road towards Federal and return along Eureka Road. All of these roads are very narrow, windy and often hilly offering fantastic experience in managing different situations in different locations during day, night and adverse weather.
All of these routes depend on the lesson length and every lesson will have a different focus. By the end of the learners log book hours, my learners will have been exposed to as many different roads, situations, hazards and experiences as I can possibly offer them. At Proactive Driver Training, our learner drivers will turn actions into habits, enabling them to make good decisions and be safer whilst driving solo on their P plates.
Enhance your road skills with a driving lesson in Byron Bay
- Vehicle controls
- Changing gears
- Simple and complex traffic
- Changing lanes
- Decision making
- Speed management
- Responding to hazards
- Road positioning
- Driving at night
- Driving in adverse conditions
- City and motorway driving
- Country driving