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Driving tips for learning to drive 2:

If you don't feel able to change gear on a roundabout, just stay in a low gear, but hold the speed steady.

When driving normally keeping 4 or 5 seconds back from the car in front will give you a chance to see road markings, and avoid potholes.

Your brain tries to make sense of what's happening before you react. Try to train yourself to overcome this and cover the brake at the first hint of anything occurring ahead.

The car in front may give you a clue as to the correct speed to enter a bend, but you might just follow them straight into a ditch.

Most drivers survive on the roads by the skin of their teeth. Don't just react to situations, but plan how you are going to deal with them.

Defensive driving is all about controlling the situation so that other people don't put you in danger.

It is very difficult to have an accident if you give other drivers time to react. It's very easy to have an accident if you don't give other drivers time to react.

It's not just seeing a hazard that's important - It's doing something about it.

If its raining, misty, foggy, hazy: Switch on your headlights (not sidelights), to make yourself seen.

Your windows will demist more quickly if you recycle the interior air when you switch on the air-conditioning.

At a junction you only have to give way to another road if a line crosses your road. If you can see lines crossing the other road you can be confident of your right-of-way. However some backstreet junctions are unmarked, and should be treated as give way.

On dual carriageways: If the lines separating the lane changes to very short dashes, the lane probably leads off to an exit.

When pulling away from the side of the road - indicate to go when there is a gap, not when you are waiting for a gap.

On a level or downhill road you can pull away more promptly by holding the car on the footbrake, with the handbrake off, while you are waiting for a gap.

When leaving a dual-carriageway, be in the left (or appropriate) lane by the half-mile direction sign, and indicate off at the 200 yard countdown marker.

For most dual-carriageway exits, slow down in the slip road, not on the main road.

When driving on fast roads, use: Horizon, Speedo, Mirror.

Just because someone flashes you out doesn't mean you have to go. But if it all looks safe, just creep forwards a little to show willing, and re-evaluate.

Most cars are powerful enough to pull away without any gas if you are careful with the clutch.

You can pull out in front of a car that is indicating to turn in, if they are far enough away for it not to matter whether they turn in or not.

The more paint on the road there is the stronger the message. Give-way junctions have broken lines, Stop junctions have solid lines. Lane lines are short dashes, hazard lines are long lines.

If you have a filter arrow at traffic lights for your right-turn lane, you probably don't have to give way to anyone. If you have a round green light you probably do.

In a 30mph limit there should be 5 hazard lines leading up to a junction, in a national speed limit - 7 lines.

Some traffic lights don't have timers. If you don't trigger them by going all the way up to the stop line they won't change for you.

Try not to feel pressured by other people: Sometimes it takes more confidence to go slowly, than to go fast.

Always leave plenty of space around your vehicle: You can't hit anything if you don't get close to it !

On an uphill start be sure to feel the biting point before releasing the handbrake. If you roll back lift the clutch a little. Going more on the gas will not stop you rolling back, it just means that your revs are higher when you hit the car behind.

It's very easy to drive along without thinking about what you are doing, just coping with things as they happen. Talking yourself through things will improve your concentration and help you focus.

When overtaking parked cars; early position = early view. By moving out early you can see approaching vehicles sooner, and they can see you.

One car pulling out of a side road ahead of you is often followed by another one.

Someone who pulls out in-front of you will probably then slow down and turn right.

Everytime you pass a petrol station check your fuel gauge.

When visibilty is restricted at a junction, or a zebra crossing, or anywhere else, an inexperienced driver assumes that nothing is there until they see it is, an experienced driver will assume that something is there until they have seen there isn't.

When you are following a cyclist, trying to overtake: Always be in 2nd gear. This gives you low speed control when following, and lots of acceleration to overtake. Try not to change gear again until you have passed them, and back on your side of the road.















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