Category: Advanced Driving Skills

Avoiding Accidents in Rush Hour

Traffic accidents in rush hour are much more common than at other times of the day. In modern terms however they’re more likely to be described as traffic incidents. Accidents are chance occurrences, incidents are avoidable. They happen because people are not paying attention. The secret to avoid involvement in other people’s incidents is to…
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Double Declutching – a Forgotten Art

The art of double declutching mostly died out when synchromesh gearboxes were invented, so what place does it have in modern driving? Well, have you ever changed into a lower gear and felt that kick as the engine braking comes in? Double declutching helps to smooth out your gear changes by matching the engine speed…
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Giving Signals & When Not to Give Them

When learning to drive, most of us are taught about giving signals for every stop and turn. But is it really necessary, and is there any reason to not give signals if they don’t help anyone? We’re all familiar with the ‘mirror signal manoeuvre’ routine, but the hint is in the word ‘routine’. It is…
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Driving Through Bends

If a driver is ever to leave a country road and end up in a ditch, you can almost guarantee that it’s the result of poor cornering technique. It is quite possible to maintain good progress when driving through bends. You just need to follow some basic rules and plan the approach to drive through…
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Overtaking on Country Roads

Overtaking is a skill that is rarely taught as learners progress through their driving lessons. Most novices never reach speeds or drive on the type of roads where overtaking would be necessary; and as overtaking is unlikely to happen during a driving test, then why would an instructor bother to teach it? No surprise then…
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