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Driving tips for learning to drive 3:

Indicate for 4 flashes before changing lanes on a dual-carriageway.

Never drive in another vehicle's blindspot on a dual-carriageway.

Never approach a roundabout with another vehicle next to you on your right-hand side, it will block your view.

A lane change should take about 5 seconds to complete - very gradually. 

Whenever you change lanes, or emerge from a slip road, try to accelerate. Then anything in your blindspot will drop back behind.

Do not pull out if another vehicle is moving fast enough or is close enough to hit you - they may not go where you think. 

Approach a roundabout slowly enough to work out what’s going on before you get there. 

Never pull out alongside another vehicle unless you can see clearly – it will not protect you. 

The closer a car is behind you the further you need to be from the car in front, so that you don't have to brake suddenly.

Double check everything, then check again - one look is never enough.

If you can’t see both ways at a junction before crossing the line, for at least 100 metres - STOP.

Once you begin to pull away push the clutch down a bit, it will keep it smooth.

If the engine feels rough at anytime - push the clutch down.

You can bring the clutch up whilst braking if you are doing more than 15mph. You can bring the clutch up to the biting point, when braking, at any speed, even if you are stopped.

Bringing the clutch up quickly doesn’t make you pull away faster - you just jump up and down a lot.

To pull away fast use lots of gas and stay in the first gear as long as possible, the engine of the car is designed to rev up to the redline.

Use a 2-stage method of pulling out of junctions and mini roundabouts - one lane at a time. 

Keep your backdoor closed - don’t open a gap to your side if you’re going to close it again.

At blind junctions use staggered stops - give other people a chance to see your bonnet so that they can react to you. 

Timing is everything - avoid reaching a mini-roundabout at the same time as an approaching car.

Use “slow in, fast out” for bends: use the "Limit point method".

Use the same gear on a downhill as you would going up the same hill.

If you expect something to happen you will react twice as quickly.

Enough room to pass ? - use their, and your distance from the white line as a reference.

Look across bends.

Seeing a reflection (or lights) tells you something is coming, but not seeing a reflection (or lights) doesn’t mean that there is nothing coming.

Don’t look at cars as they overtake you - it might cause you to swerve towards them.

Assume nothing! Trust nobody! Especially their indicators.

Overtaking a cyclist: move out, then accelerate. Don't accelerate at them, they might stop before you can move out.

When waiting to do a hill start take your foot off the footbrake to make sure that the handbrake holds, before you try to pull-away.

No decision is a good one until you’ve confirmed it.

When going through a gap: Less space less speed.

In the right-hand-lane: protect your left, you might want to pull back in !

Every decision you make must be yours not someone else’s (eg. If someone waves you out, or flashes you through).

You should never force someone to do something, but you can assertively position yourself to encourage them to volunteer to move out of your way!

Keep a good gap between you and the car in front. If someone pulls in and compromises your safety distance, do whatever you need to do regain it.

At a mini-roundabout: try to keep moving unless traffic from your right gives you any clue, by their speed, position, or indicator, that they are turning towards you.

Moving forwards to correct a manoeuvre, you can sometimes do it up to 5 times and still pass. But each correction needs to achieve something.

If you're not 100% sure of what's happening ahead, then: cover the brake, slow down, and hold back.

You only get right-of-way with the co-operation of the person who's supposed to give way to you.

On the turn-in-the-road; if you get past 90 degrees across the road at the end of the first reverse section, you will probably finish the manoeuvre in 3.

If you get confused, slow down and give yourself time to think. If you get very confused - slow down, or stop, look everywhere, and give way to everything.






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