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Basic Driving Skills Videos

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

     

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.

     

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.

     

     

In the UK, any new driver will be tested for their Hazard Perception as part of their driving Theory Test. Hazard Perception, or the ability to identify hazards, is an essential skill when driving as we will have to react to hazards almost every time we drive. In this video we will help you spot hazards in real life, and understand the difference between a potential hazard and a developing hazard - as this will help you pass your Theory Test, and be a safer driver 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.

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If you have just started driving, then you might find roundabouts challenging - but they are the most efficient way of dealing with traffic at busy intersections. Most urban areas and Driving Test routes will include roundabouts, so it is important to understand how to use them. This video will show how to approach and drive around a simple 4-way roundabout safely.

     

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.

     

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.

     

We will often need to change lanes whilst driving - for example when passing parked cars, or when overtaking. To do this safely we will need to judge the speed and position of other traffic, as well as keeping good control of our car. This can be more difficult when driving in heavy traffic or unfamiliar roads, as we will have less time to make a safe decision. This video will show how we make sure our lane changes are always safe, and what we do if we get stuck in the wrong lane.

     

If you have just started driving, then one of the first tasks is to learn how to turn left and right at T-junctions. This can be harder to master than it looks, as a driver must complete a series of tasks as they approach the junction. If the driver forgets to do something, or attempts to rush the process it could put them in danger. This video will show how to approach and use a T-junction safely.

     

Stopping at the side of the road can be tricky for a new driver, as there are many things that could go wrong. We must find a safe place, check for danger, tell others what we intend to do, then steer into a position near to the kerb before finally stopping the car. In this video we will show you how to complete these tasks smotthly, so that you can stop safely whenever you need to on your Driving Test or when driving on your own afterwards.

     

Sometimes we stop for a moment at a quiet junction and notice there is a slight uphill gradient. We will need to stop the car from folling back, but it doesn't seem worth using the handbrake for such a small incline. It is possible to carefully use the foot pedals alone to move away, and this technique is usually quicker and easier than the traditional method with the handbrake. In this video we will show how to do hill starts without using th handbrake, and talk about when we would use this technique.