Basic Route Planning for Driving Instructors

This is an essential element of driving lesson preparation. It requires a thorough knowledge of local geography and traffic conditions. When planning routes you must take into consideration any specific driving skill or procedure, which is still to be practiced. Any unsympathetic route can have disastrous consequences when learner drivers are unnecessarily exposed to conditions with which they are unable to cope. In extreme cases, and with particularly nervous learner drivers, it may even make them give up the idea of learning to drive at all.

A fairly wide selection of planned routes containing various types of traffic hazards and conditions will be required. Flexibility is an important consideration when planning a route because it allows for changes to be made midway through a driving lesson. This may become necessary to allow more time to be spent on an area of driving which may be proving unexpectedly troublesome, and yet still allow the driving lesson to be completed on time for your next appointment or driving test.

Try not to repeat the same route excessively, this can lead to reduced interest from the learner driver, and this can lead to boredom and slow progress. Repetition can be useful when it is carried out deliberately for a specific purpose relevant to the driving lesson. An example could be practicing control skills on the approach to uphill junctions.


Training Routes and Areas Fall into Three Main Categories:

  • Nursery routes
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Nursery Routes – require various kinds of roads. try to avoid busy roads and initially, in the very early stages, roads with parked vehicles. These routes should not include pedestrian crossings, traffic lights or roundabouts.

Intermediate Routes – These routes should, wherever possible, be planned to avoid dual carriageways, multi-laned roads, and one-way streets. Junctions which do not conform to basic rules should also be excluded. Right turns on to very busy main roads, and any other particularly difficult situation, should not normally be incorporated into these routes where they can be avoided.

Advanced Routes – These routes will incorporate most of the intermediate routes. They should be progressively extended to include many variations to the basic rules as possible.