Category: Advice for Learner Drivers

Reversing on the Road

Reversing on the road is something that all drivers need to do; but when would it not be safe or legal to do this? There are only two reasons for you to reverse a car: To give yourself room to pull out past an obstruction To turn your car round to drive in a different…
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Driving in Fog – Following Distance

When driving in fog, the accident rate invariably rises. This would be totally avoidable if only drivers exercised common sense and followed the basic safety rules. Speed The problem with fog of course is simply a lack of visibility. If someone were to tie a blindfold over your eyes while you were walking down the…
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Driving in Winter Conditions

Emerging from Junctions When the roads are slippery due to snow and ice, you must make allowances and change the way you go about driving in winter conditions. When pulling out of a junction you must exercise restraint and good judgement. You can’t set off with the same acceleration that would normally be possible on…
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Driving in Icy Conditions

When driving in icy conditions, you must use all controls with care. When setting off you must bring the clutch up gently and gradually without too much power from the engine. Steering must be smooth and steady, particularly if you’re moving out at an angle from behind a parked car. Acceleration has to be very…
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Snow and Ice – Getting Your Car Ready

Driving on snow and ice is enough to send a chill down the spine of even the most seasoned motorist. When conditions are extremely bad, it’s wise to ask yourself if the journey you’re about to make is really necessary. If you really must travel then do so with the utmost care. One of the…
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Driving in Winter Sun

Driving in winter sun is perhaps the most underestimated danger of winter driving. The sun hangs lower in the sky during these months; it has a much more dazzling effect than the higher sun of warmer seasons. Its effect is at its greatest after rain or when there’s ice or snow on the ground. In…
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Antifreeze and Windscreen Washers

When winter arrives, it places extra demands on both the driver and the vehicle itself. It’s vital that you prepare for the onset of the winter months by taking a few simple steps. You must ensure that any equipment required to deal with frost and snow is on hand before the need to use it…
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Avoiding Dazzle at Night

Avoiding dazzle at night is extremely important to road safety. When drivers are dazzled, temporary blindness can occur for several seconds; easily long enough for an accident to occur. Dazzle from main beam is perhaps the greatest danger. If you do encounter an oncoming driver who neglects to dip; a very brief flash of your…
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Using Dipped Headlights at Night

The use of dipped headlights at night is compulsory on all unlit roads. On roads with street lighting, you should use a minimum of sidelights but dipped headlights are better. Don’t make the mistake of relying on ‘daytime running lights’ if your car has them; they’re actually quite bright and can dazzle other road users…
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Visibility When Driving at Night

Visibility when driving at night is always going to be lower than during the day. There is one small advantage of driving at night however; a glint of headlights around a corner may warn you of the approach of a vehicle which you may have been unaware of during the day. But if there is…
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