Next intake date

April 9, 2018
Our aim is to prepare new drivers for putting a car on the highway. Our objectives are that students will be able to demonstrate.

Pre Driver Prep

Aims & Objectives

Our aim is to:

  • develop the skills required to make driving a motor vehicle a safer and more enjoyable experience.

Our objectives are to:

  • teach groups of 16 – 24 year olds basic car maintenance, the Highway Code, hazard awareness and driving skills.
  • achieve 85% attendance rates.
  • show improved behaviour at school.
  • show improvement in key skills.
  • pass the Driver Theory Test.

Details

  • Transport of learners to The Wheels Project is not provided.
  • The practice riding session is held on private land during week 6.
  • A learner's participation in the skills riding event is at the discretion of the Wheels' Supervisors - any learner whose behaviour is considered to be too risky on the grounds of safety, or who has missed any sessions, will not qualify to take part.
  • All skills riding events are run by qualified, experienced Wheels' staff and under strict supervision.

An integrated learning facility combining basic mechanical theory with the repair and maintenance of a car and driving practice in the Project’s dual controlled car.  Plus input covering the legal requirements for vehicle use on the highway, Highway Code and hazard awareness.

  • Basic workshop tooling and equipment.
  • The Project’s dual controlled car.
  • DSA Theory Test and Hazard Awareness Training DVDs.

Overalls, gloves and safety boots – all provided by The Wheels Project.

1 x 2 1/2 hour session a week over 2 terms (12 weeks).

TERM 1 / WEEK 1 / SESSION 1

  • Introduction to staff and course content
  • Initial assessment
  • Health and safety
  • Tool recognition

WEEK 2 / SESSION 2

  • Legal requirements to drive vehicles
  • Road signs 1
  • Change a road wheel using vehicle jack
  • Theory test 1
  • Driving skills in the Project’s car park using dual controlled car

WEEK 3 /  SESSION 3

  • Road signs 2
  • Change spark plugs
  • Theory test 2
  • Hazard awareness and perception

WEEK 4 / SESSION 4

  • Road signs 3
  • Change engine oil and oil filter
  • Driving and other road users
  • Driving skills in the Project’s car park using dual controlled car

WEEK 5 / SESSION 5

  • Lighting and tyres check
  • Theory test 3
  • Keeping a vehicle in a roadworthy condition

WEEK 6 / SESSION 6

  • Driving skills in the Project’s car park using dual controlled car
  • Evaluate course and own driving

TERM 2 / WEEK 1 / SESSION 7

  • Recap previous sessions
  • Front brakes
  • Road signs 4

WEEK 2 / SESSION 8

  • Theory test 4
  • Driving skills in the Project’s car park using dual controlled car

WEEK 3 / SESSION 9

  • Road signs 5
  • Bodywork inspection
  • Buying a second hand car
  • Theory test 5

WEEK 4 / SESSION 10

  • Change a battery
  • On-line theory test practice
  • Driving skills in the Project’s car park using dual controlled car

WEEK 5 / SESSION 11

  • Hazard awareness
  • On-line theory test practice
  • Evaluate course and own driving

WEEK 6 / SESSION 12

  • Karting at TeamSport, Avonmouth Bristol

Transport of students is not provided by The Wheels Project.

Driver Theory Test

  • Groups will be pre-formed by the referring organisation.
  • Group size is restricted to a maximum of 8 students.
  • Wheels does not have more than 1 group of students at its centre at any one time.
  • New students can start up to and including week 2 but no later.
  • A Risk Assessment on students must be completed by Key Workers before the start of the course – those with a  history of violent behaviour are excluded from Wheels’ programmes.  Failure to submit a formal assessment will lead to delay and forfeit of sessions.

Students’ behaviour should be causing concern to group leaders and exhibit at least three of the following factors:

  • aged 16 – 24
  • anti-social behaviour
  • poor educational record
  • truanting
  • exclusion from school
  • criminal record

Groups attend The Wheels Project without the presence of others to reduce distractions and aid concentration.

Intakes for groups occur at the start of each academic term.

Have a look at our intake dates.

The Wheels Project Ltd, 31-32 Bonville Road, Brislington, Bristol BS4 5QH

Tel:  0117 971 1711

Contact:  David Glossop, General Manager

Email:  david@wheelsproject.org.uk

  • 2 Workshop Supervisors from The Wheels Project
  • 1 Guest Speaker
  • Group Leader (2 for Karting sessions)

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