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Choosing a path in the arts

It's a bit of a myth that great artists are born great. Great artists need support and development by great teachers. I am really passionate about arts education, as I think it can be too easy for people to just look at the end result and forget all of the practise and training that goes into producing a great artist. This blog is all about demystifying arts education and showing how anyone can become a better artist. It will be useful for budding artists, but also for teachers and parents looking to inspire teenagers into further art education to improve their skills.

Choosing a path in the arts

5 Times it Pays to Take Refresher Driving Lessons

by Dylan Olson

Many people will receive their driving license and then never have to take another lesson. However, there are many situations which make it prudent to take one or two refresher lessons. These are lessons you take after you've already passed in order to brush up on your skills.

Here are 5 times it might be beneficial to book a class.

1. You're Using an Unfamiliar Transmission System

Switching from an automatic transmission system to a manual one is often something that people find tricky. You'll have another pedal to get used to and will need to remember to shift properly while manoeuvring. Going from a manual to an automatic is usually easier since shifting occurs without your input, but the sensation is still something you might need to get used to. If you're unsure about the switch, book a refresher lesson in a vehicle with the relevant transmission system.

2. You're Visiting from a Foreign Country    

Many countries drive on the right-hand side of the road, but in Australia you must drive on the left. This also means that the driver's seat is on the right-hand side of the car instead of the left. These changes can be disorientating at first, so taking a quick lesson with an instructor next to you is a good idea. They'll also be able to fill you in on any traffic laws or customs that might be foreign to you.

3. You've Not Driven Recently

Driving isn't just like riding a bike; you might try to start up again after a few months off the road and find that your skills have deteriorated. It shouldn't take long for them to bounce back, but it's always worth erring on the side of caution and taking a few refresher lessons.

4. You're Driving a New Type of Car

You might have driven every day since receiving your licence and feel completely at home behind the wheel. Unfortunately, that very familiarity can be a problem if you become too used to one type of car. You might change from a subcompact to a sedan; you'll now be dealing with a significantly larger vehicle. Everything from parking to changing lanes could be a challenge, so it makes sense to arrange a lesson in a similar vehicle.

5. You've Been in an Accident

If you've been in an accident, it only makes sense to take a refresher lesson. An instructor will be able to correct your technique and make sure the same problems won't happen again. Even if the accident wasn't your fault in the least, taking a refresher driving lesson or two can really help you to regain confidence on the road if you feel a little shaken.