In celebration of our Driver Trainer, Greg and his birthday today we got to thinking about how important a Trainer or Coach is to each of us. Even from our earliest years most of us have been influenced by someone amazing who has helped us build skills that we still utilise today. So, we explored the question: “Is it possible to get more from the Driver Trainer by swinging it around and where you the student, become the teacher?
How to train your Driver Trainer
Seek them out.
Many of us wait on the Driver Trainer to find us. It’s time for you to find them, introduce yourself face to face while the morning is young. Better yet, find them the evening before and buy them a southern and coke or a beer!
Tell them a bit about you.
Most trainers will know nothing about you except for the coloured band on your wrist. Let the Driver Trainer know if this is your first time, if it isn’t, then re-introduce yourself, tell them how many days you’ve done and if you have been to that particular track before. Briefly tell them about your car and if you done any mods and a bit about your driving style. That will give the Driver Trainer the insight and rapport with you immediately delivering a training style suited to you and your car.
Name your aim!
A great Driver Trainer wants to deliver realistic goals and will never shy away from helping you achieve, so don’t be shy and name your aim. Want to move up to the next group, clean up some lines, learn trail braking? Be clear about what you want to achieve throughout the day and remember to keep your aim real.
Set the standard.
On the first lap with the Driver Trainer, look to drive with consistency and let the track come to you. You have all day. This will allow the Driver Trainer to access your shortcomings and help you overcome them early so that new skills can be developed.
Don’t be shy to speak up and say what’s working and what’s not. Sometimes the simplest of changes like hand signals over verbal cues can make all the difference. Often too much info or not enough info from the Driver Trainer can skew the experience. If you find that a previous Driving Instructor told you something different, firstly, follow what the current Driver Trainer suggests and see how it feels, then make a note and chat about those differences as your coming back into pit lane. Remember to keep things simple building one new aim at a time until you’re a master.
Set a plan.
After your first session with the Driver Instructor, always ask “what should I work on next session or how’d I do? The Driver Trainer will have a real feel for your style and will definitely have something for you to build on. While sometimes constructive criticism may be a real reality check, remember your working together to achieve your aim. Invite the Driver Trainer back into your car throughout the day to get an update on how you are tracking on the aim you’re focusing on.
Thank your Driver Instructor.
This kind of goes without saying, however, often we are hyped and the Driver Trainer is out of the car before we know it. A simple thank you goes a long way and opens the door for the next time you ask for training.
Now you have the lowdown to train your Driving Trainer remember to have fun, keep smiling and your aim realistic. We look forward to welcoming you to the next Track Day Club track day event!
Happy Birthday Greg!