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Driving tips for learning to drive 4:

On a downhill pull-away all your vehicle control should be with the footbrake.

Other drivers will often give you a clue as to what they are going to do next by subtle changes in their speed or road position.

When you enter a new dual-carriageway give yourself a minute or so to assess the other drivers around you before you begin to overtake.

How you release the brake is as important as how you apply it.

Approach give-ways at a speed from which you can stop behind the line, until you can make the decision to go. You can't make the decision to go until you can see adequately.

When approaching a give-way, try not to make a snap decision to go, you need time to properly assess the traffic flow.

All gaps are not equal: you will find that you are able to take a smaller gap once you've been waiting at a give way for a while, and had time to think, than when you first arrive.

When there is more than one lane, keep precisely in yours. If you're not in the other lane, someone else will be.

It's no good looking if you don't see what you're looking at, and it's no good seeing if you don't do anything about it.

If you see something lying in the road, try to steer around it. If you wait until you can see if it is necessary to avoid it, you will run it over.

A right turn at traffic lights is the same as a right turn into a side road. Just keep left of centre, and give way to oncoming traffic.

Indicate to get into lane, even if the road just widens or the lanes just split.

Always too fast approaching roundabouts, or left turns? Try: Mirror - Signal - Brake

Trying to avoid something: steer away from it, before you look away from it.

Going into a situation too slowly just means that you delay people behind for a second. Going into a situation too fast means that you delay people behind for an hour, while you sort out the details of the accident.

If you try to keep rolling at a closed junction, you often see what's coming just at the point that you can't stop.

Slowing on a steep uphill ? Try not to brake, let the hill do the work.

Right turns should be done at right-angles.

The place you're most likely to be overtaken is when you are about to pull out around a parked car ?!

Traffic lights control stop-lines, not junctions. If there is no stop-line then the light is just a reminder.

A cyclist on the pavement is likely to swing out onto the road if they see pedestrians on the path ahead.

When manoeuvring to the left always stop before you look around to your right. Otherwise you may be in the process of swinging the front out towards something just as you see it.

In a muddle? Sort out your speed and steering. Everything else can wait until you've got time.

You always need first gear when you stop, but you don't need to stop to put it into first gear.

When you see a speed limit sign, repeat what it says to yourself 3 times. That way you won't forget what the speed limit is 30 seconds later.

When meeting other traffic- slow down into a closing gap, accelerate into an opening gap.

If you are dropping into the drains when you are driving, you are too close to the kerb.

When steering the first part of the turn is the important part. An efficient turn-in means that you can begin to straighten earlier.

Push-pull steering promotes better speed control when turning.

When overtaking parked cars - some road widths are wide enough to make you think you can get through, but are narrow enough so that you can't.

Try not to drive into situations assuming that everything will all work out as planned, sometimes it won't.

Whilst on a roundabout you can change lanes by moving away from the centre, but not towards the centre.

When you indicate you need to re-enforce the message that you are giving to other drivers by altering your speed or position as well. Look for other drivers doing the same. An indicator never tells the whole story !

If you have a choice of two lanes going in the same direction, it is best to choose the left of the two, because it's less complicated. If you're in the right-hand-lane you have the problem of dealing with the vehicles on your left that you're overtaking. If you're in the left-hand-lane the traffic on your right has the problem of dealing with you.

Whenever you are on a two lane section and you think you may have to turn right ahead, try to position yourself so that you don't have another vehicle alongside you.

When pulling out at a roundabout; don't wait to see where someone is going, if they are so far away it doesn't matter where they are going.

When emerging; sometimes it's more about letting other people see you, and giving them time to react, than it is about you seeing them.






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