Basic Car / Driving Knowledge
This section acts as an introduction to learning to drive. Describing the different controls of the car and how to use them
Basic Road Knowledge
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
- Emergence Stop / Skidding & Coasting
- Planning and Assessment
- Traffic Lights / Pedestrian Crossing / Railway Crossings
- Road Signs & Markings
- Eco Driving
- Meeting traffic – how to deal with
- Dealing with corners
- Parking safely on the road
- Driving on the Road
This section looks at the different maneuvers that you could be asked to complete on the test
Parking safely on the road
In the Highway Code there are several pages as to where to park and not to park. Have a look at the picture and decide with your instructor where it would be safe to park and where not to park.
How about considering how you can park safely on a hill going up or down hill. You are also recommended not to park your car or vehicle where it is in a dangerous position or causing undue obstruction. In the near future the Local Authorities will be taking over the responsibility for dealing with parking contraventions. So you will be ending up paying the council for parking fines on yellow lines rather than the police. All these things invo;ve Parking safely
When parking in a car park remember to park in the parking bays so that you can load or unload safely & allow other users the chance to do the same. I’d you need to reverse take extra care because it is harder to see problems & in car parks the dangers can come at you from every direction.
Have a Read of Parallel Parking Notes & Bay Parking
PROBLEMS REGARDING AS TO WHERE TO PARK SAFELY
When thinking of Parking safely or any other action you will need to think how your actions are going to affect other road users.
Your own speed of approach
Mechanical condition of car
Tyres. Condition pressure of tyres
Size weight of vehicle & load
Gradient of road
Camber / bend in road
Road surface wet muddy ice snow
Five rules of braking
Anticipation think & look ahead
Know your limitations & those of car
Note state of road & surface
Give your self time & distance to brake progressively
Remember to check mirrors / decide if sign needed / use signal as needed / progressive braking / be safe
Looking for Clues when considering Parking safely
Look out for what the other road users are doing are about to do.
Look for reflections on other objects to let you become aware of what is about you.
With experience you will start looking for additional clues as you approach different situations such as cycles, parked cars, buses & pedestrians.
Look out for emergency vehicles as well Remember you might hear one vehicle but most people will miss looking for the second & then cause an Accident. If you hear / see one Emergency Vehicle look for another just in case.