Basic Car Knowledge
This section acts as an introduction to learning to drive. Describing the different controls of the car and how to use them
This section looks at how we use different road Junctions
Driving on the Road
This section looks at some of the different problems found when driving on the road
- Adequate distances / Speed Limit / Stopping Distances
- Dealing with corners
- Eco Driving
- Emergence Stop / Skidding & Coasting
- Meeting traffic – how to deal with
- Parking safely on the road
- Planning and Assessment
- Road Signs & Markings
- Traffic Lights / Pedestrian Crossing / Railway Crossings
- Driving on the Road
This section looks at the different maneuvers that you could be asked to complete on the test
Useful Knowledge from the Highway Code
Planning A Journey
Useful information for after the Test
- Buying a car
- Car crash scam
- Cost of Running a car
- Dangers of using a Mobile Phones
- Dealing with being Old (Sage Training) or Disabled
- Driving Alone for the first time
- Driving an Automatic
- Driving in Europe
- Environmental issues related to driving a car
- History of the Driving Test
- Learning with families & Friends
- Non UK Drivers European & Non European
- Other Tests & becoming a Driving Instructor
- P plates
- Police Stop procedure
- Risk Assessment concerns for Companies
- Rules regarding the use of Tinted Windows
- Security, Car Parks, Home on the Road
- Towing & weight distribution
- Tyres & Changing Tyres
Dealing with Emergency Vehicles
Dealing with Emergency Vehicles while driving
From time to time we are going to have look at dealing with emergency vehicles passing us while we are driving. We do not want to hold them up and make it as easy for them to pass us.
With this in mind, my first concern would be NOT TO PANIC. If you are driving safely you will become aware of well before they get to you so you can start to plan how you are going to make it easier for them to pass you.
When Dealing with Emergency Vehicles approaches using flashing blue lights, headlights and/or sirens, try following these tips to help it to get through safely:
- Look and listen. Plan how you can let them through safely.
- Watch out what the other road users are doing.
- Signal your intentions by using your indicators or hand signals.
- Pullover safely and be aware of pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles around you.
- Pullover as far as you can.
- Leave a gap large enough for the emergency vehicle to get through.
- Stay alert – more vehicles may becoming.
- Do not cross over the stop line at a Red Traffic Light. It can be dangerous & lead you into a situation with the police for breaking the law.
- Stay calm.
- If you’re a pedestrian, keep off the road.
All vehicles on both sides of the road should slow down or even stop to leave a clear path but do not endanger other road users. Don’t stop in the middle of a junction. (If you’re blocking the path of the emergency vehicle, you may have to turn the corner to get out of the way.)
The Highway Code Rule 219 says: – Dealing with Emergency Vehicles. You should look and listen for ambulances, fire engines, police, doctors or other emergency vehicles using flashing blue, red or green lights and sirens or flashing headlights, or Highways Agency Traffic Officer and Incident Support vehicles using flashing amber lights. When one approaches do not panic. Consider the route of such a vehicle and take appropriate action to let it pass, while complying with all traffic signs. If necessary, pull to the side of the road and stop, but try to avoid stopping before the brow of a hill, a bend or narrow section of road. Do not endanger yourself, other road users or pedestrians, and avoid mounting the kerb. Do not brake harshly on approach to a junction or roundabout, as the following vehicle may not have the same view as you.
Here is a list of some of the types of emergency vehicles you could encounter when Dealing with Emergency Vehicles
Different types of emergency vehicles include:-
- Ambulance Services
- Mines Rescue Service
- Mountain Rescue Teams
- Coastguard Service
- Bomb Disposal Teams
- National Blood Service
- Human Tissue for Transport Vehicles
- Life Boat Launching Vehicles
Below is a video explaining what can happen when dealing with the emergency vehicles please feel free to watch it so you can learn more.