Expert Driving Skills Videos
These tutorials show how to tackle some more difficult driving skills.
The ability to control the speed of our car precisely in an important skill, but it can easily be overlooked. An expert driver should be able to read the road ahead, choose the correct gear, and then use the accelerator pedal accurately to vary the vehicle speed to suit the road and traffic conditions. This skill is called Acceleration Sense, and once mastered it will give us more control of our speed, so that we can drive smoothly, without needing to use the car's brakes any more than necessary. This video will show how we can use Acceleration Sense, as this is a skill that will have benefits on every journey.
Changing gear smoothly is an important skill for the driver of any car with a manual gearbox, but sometimes it can be difficult to change down to a lower gear without that annoying jerk as the clutch is released. A driver that can use the accelerator to match the engine speed to the road speed when changing down, will achieve a much smoother gear change - this technique is called 'rev-matching'. This video will look at why it is difficult to change down smoothly, show how 'rev-matching' can help with this problem, and also where we can use this technique.
Motorways are statistically the safest roads in the UK, and are designed to help traffic travel faster to their destination. However, the fast-moving flow of traffic and multiple lanes can take a little time to get used to for a new driver. The high speeds used on a motorway will mean that the driver must be alert, and the car must be in good condition - as if there is an incident, it will often be serious and involve many vehicles. This video will show how we should drive on a motorway, so that we can travel quickly and safely to our destination.
We are never too far from risk when driving, as we can't control the way other motorists drive or what hazards we might find on the road ahead of us. To remain safe we must use our experience and judgement to drive in a way that will allow for other peoples mistakes or unseen hazards - this is called defensive driving. In this video we will show how we use the basic principles of defensive driving to keep safe, and decrease the chance of having an accident.
Driving at night is an important skill that will be essential for most drivers, but many new drivers have very little experience of night driving before they pass their driving test. This often results in an inexperienced driver attempting to deal with the extra danger of night driving on their own. While only around a quarter of all driving is done at night, more than half of all accidents occur at night. The reduced visibility when light levels are low will make it much more difficult to spot hazards on the road ahead, reducing the time for decisions and leading to sudden braking or steering. This video will show how to get ready for night driving, and how to keep safe when driving in 3 scenarios - urban areas, country roads and major roads.
We will sometimes need to overtake slow moving traffic on single carriageway roads, but since this will involve driving on the other side of the road we must be careful. The consequences of colliding with oncoming traffic will be severe, so we will need to concentrate and use good judgement if we are to overtake safely. This video will show how to use a 5 step process to ensure we overtake safely and smoothly with minimal risk.
Would you like to save up to 30% of your current fuel costs by just changing the way you drive? Not everyone can upgrade to the latest eco-friendly car models, so in this video we will show how we can use 10 eco-driving tips to make a real difference to our fuel economy. We will be driving a short route twice, and the only thing we will change will be the way we drive the car. At the end of the video we will use the results to estimate the savings over a whole year of driving - which should be interesting!
There is more to cornering than simply turning the steering wheel. A driver will have to look ahead and decide how sharp the next corner is, slow the car to an appropriate speed, select the correct gear, and then drive the car around the actual corner. If a driver makes a mistake during this process they could enter the bend too fast and lose control of their car, so this video will show how to approach and drive around corners safely. We'll take a look at each part of the process separately, before putting all the skills together again to drive the last set of bends as smoothly as possible.
Driving on snow can be much more dangerous than driving in good weather, as the car's tyres have far less grip. This means that to avoid skidding a driver has to plan further ahead than normal and control the car very smoothly. This can be challenging for an experienced driver, so an inexperienced driver could easily make a mistake and have an accident. This video will show how to drive safely in snowy conditions.