I am asking this question here as I know tMP has many young adults and students who are currently or have just took driving lessons. I am being driven to distraction by my daughter who I have been teaching for a while in our little Toyota Aygo. She was progressing really well and is very good at driving in traffic and her use of gears. As she is so advanced she decided to get some professional instruction in preparation for her test. Her gear changing has since gone to pot. I was always taught you must be in the appropriate gear for the needs and speed of the car. When you slow down you change down through the gears 4th,3rd, 2nd and only use 1st to pull away or do walking speed manouvres. She is now being taught to slow right down to a stop in 4th. If she is going along and comes to a slowly moving queue she is being taught to slow down in 4th and go straight into 1st on the move. This to me seems lunacy. She can be slowing down in 4th to say 15mph, the cars in front move off and she then has to fumble around getting into the appropriate gear to pull away where in my old style method she would have been in the appropriate gear already. Another thing is that in many cars the synchromesh on gears means you physically cannot change from 4th to 1st gear without a real fight with the gearstick and crunching the gears. So how do you new drivers do it?. Does my daughter need to do away with my old methods or find a new professional driving instructor.