V.P. Operations, National Driver Training Institute
Steve Williams graduated from the University of South Alabama with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 1995. At the same time, he was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Transportation Corps. Steve was stationed at Fort Carson, where he was the Battalion Safety Officer for the 68th Corps Support Battalion, the largest battalion on the installation. He left the Army in 2000 and came to work for the National Driver Training Institute as production manager.
Steve earned his Driver Education Instructor Certification in New Mexico and became licensed to administer driving skills tests in Colorado. He now serves as Vice President of Operations and a member of the Board of Directors.
Driving Test-Lane Changes
Driving examiner Steve Williams demonstrates the steps to a proper lane change for a driving skills test.
Steve Williams: You are learning to pass the driving test with me. I am Steve Williams with the National Driver Training Institute. In this segment, I am going to show to do a proper lane change using the letters T, L , C. Turn signal, look, change lanes. I also want to make sure you can keep a steady lane position while you are looking over your shoulder. To make a proper lane change use the TLC System. The T is for turn signal. Apply your turn signal three to five seconds before lane changing. The L is for look, look in your mirrors and then over your shoulder to make sure your blind spot is clear and then the C change lanes smoothly shift over to the lane next to you.
When you are making your lane change, you want to be careful not to shift your lane position when you look over your shoulder. We can accomplish this with the system we call lock, loosen and look. Lock your shoulders, loosen your arms and then look. This moves your head without moving your body and it only takes a second.
In the next segment, we will look at the traffic laws that are the most common cause of drive test failures.