The best driving technique:
The pages linked on the left outline driving techniques for particular situations, and certain hazards and driving conditions. Although you must know how to deal with all of these to be a safe driver and to pass your driving test, it is also very important to have a confident and competent driving style. If you are able to convince your driving examiner within the first few minutes that you are an excellent driver, they are less likely to be looking for faults as you drive throughout your driving test. To do this your driving should be smooth, predictable and boring !
Everything should be planned well in advance,and the only way you can do this is to be constantly scanning the whole situation around you. Check the mirrors often, and change frequently where your eyes are focusing. Then if your focus point is steady, change the area within your field of view that that your attention is upon. Scan into the distance, mid-distance, close-to, and side-to-side.
Here are a few rules you can use to keep you safe on the road, and improve your technique:
Maximising your safety margins:
One of the most important concepts of good driving is that of "maximising your safety margins". This means that you should leave as much space around you as possible, on all sides, and drive at a speed which enables you to cope with anything that may occur:
For example: You are driving along a busy, but fairly narrow, two-lane one-way street full of shoppers, with parked cars both sides of the road (Leigh Broadway). You want to turn right at the end, so you need to be in the right-hand lane where the road splits. However, to maximise your safety margins, you should stay in the middle of the two lanes, at an appropriate speed, until you have slowed down close to the end of the street. Thus giving yourself maximum clearance from the parked cars and pedestrians on both sides of the road.
The closer to hazards you drive the slower your speed must be:
less space; less speed
You wouldn't be maximising your safety margins effectively if you stayed close to the cars one side to give lots of clearance the other side, because the danger may come from the side you are close to! And you wouldn't be maximising your safety margins if you drove too fast, because you may not be able to stop in time.