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These tutorials can help you master the basic skills needed to drive safely.

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Signalling, or indicating is a simple task that is important to do correctly. If we signal properly it will make our intentions clear to other road users, which will help to keep us safe and show our consideration to other drivers. However if we forget to signal or signal at the wrong time it could cause danger or even an accident. Many driving tests are failed due to misusing the car's signals - as even a small mistake such as forgetting to cancel a signal after leaving a roundabout could mislead another driver, and therefore fail the test. This video will show you how to signal at the correct time and place, which is an essential part of becoming a safe driver.


This video covers;

• Why we need to signal    • Pulling away and stopping      • Junctions     

• Roundabouts     • Parked vehicles      • Multi-lane roads     • Manoeuvering

     

Pulling away from the side of the road is one of the first skills that we need to develop when learning to drive, and also something we will need to do every time we drive a car. It is extremely important to pull away from the side of the road safely, so this video will show you how to do this without putting yourself in danger. We’ll also look at some of the most common mistakes, and how to avoid them.

     

     

Maintaining a safe gap to other traffic when driving will reduce danger and can even prevent a crash. This gap is known as ‘adequate clearance’, and maintaining this around our vehicle helps create a safety zone to allow for other drivers mistakes.  To help us judge the size of this safety zone around all four sides of our car there are four rules to stick to when driving - this video will go through each of the rules and what they look like while we are driving on the road. Stay tuned for bonus footage after the end titles!


This video covers;

• Follow other vehicles at least 2 seconds behind

• Pass parked vehicles with a ‘doors width’ gap

• When stopping in traffic keep the next cars tyres in view

• Stay diagonal to other traffic on multi-lane roads

     

The Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre routine is fundamental to safe driving, and should be used every time we need to change our speed or position on the road. This is because this routine will ensure we use the mirrors to check for any nearby hazards, before signalling to inform others of our intention, and then finally carrying out the manoeuvre. This video shows how to use this routine to keep safe when making decisions on the road.

Being able to pull away on an uphill gradient is a skill that every driver must master, as there are hills at many junctions. This video will show you two ways of doing a 'hill-start', both with and without using the handbrake.  We’ll also show you what happens if you make the most common mistakes,

so you can avoid stalling too often.

     

A car's mirrors are one of it's most important safety features. If we use them effectively, we can maintain an awareness of other vehicles all around the car - and this can help us prevent unsafe situations developing. This video shows how, why and when we should use our mirrors to help us keep safe when driving.