Intermediate Driving Skills Videos
These tutorials cover some intermediate driving skills that will be useful.
Once a new driver has mastered driving on smaller roundabouts, the next step is to drive on larger roundabouts. However, large roundabouts can be busier and faster, and might also have more exits and multiple lanes. The fast-moving traffic flow can be more difficult to enter, and it is easy to get disorientated - which could lead to an unsafe lane change or a wrong turn. This video will show how to approach, enter and navigate around large roundabouts safely.
Knowing which lane to use at roundabouts is a really important skill if we want to be safe on the roads. In this video we will show you which lane you should normally use, and also how to spot when you may need to use a different lane.
There are often parked cars or other obstructions in a drivers way when driving in urban areas - and these are usually fairly easy to deal with. However you will occasionally find streets with cars parked on both sides - only leaving enough space for 1 car in the centre of the road. Unless you are in a one-way street, you may find yourself meeting oncoming traffic in the middle of the road with no room to squeeze past each other - this video will show you how to handle this situation.
When driving a car with a manual gearbox, deciding which gear to use is not as simple as purely looking at our speed. There are other factors to consider, such as where we are driving, how much engine power we need, and even whether we would like to save fuel. In this video we will show how we are flexible when selecting a gear, to suit our current driving situation.
Knowing when to join a busy roundabout is an important skill that is often needed in urban driving. This video will show you how to read the traffic flow so that you can understand where other traffic is going - letting you enter the roundabout safely.
Knowing when it is safe to enter a busy major road can be tricky to judge. A driver has to get their own car ready to go, watch the traffic flow for a gap, and then enter the major road. We have already covered how to master the car control skills required to pull the car away in our other videos, so in this video we will concentrate on how to spot a safe opportunity to go.
Many roads and junctions have more than one lane for traffic to use - and it is an essential skill for any driver to be able to identify and stay in the correct lane. This video will take a look at why we need to keep good lane discipline, practice basic lane discipline at a quiet roundabout, and then use these skills by driving through a busy town centre.
When driving in a built-up area we will often find obstacles in our path that we will need to steer around. This will usually involve driving on the other side of the road - but we must ensure that we do not obstruct oncoming traffic that is driving towards us. This is called 'meeting traffic' and in this video we will show how to handle this situation safely by using good anticipation and planning skills.
Crossroads are a common part of driving, as they can provide an intersection for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians and can be found in many different situations. We will see small crossroads in quiet residential areas and large multi-lane crossroads at busy intersections, and since they can have many different layouts they could cause confustion for inexperienced drivers. In this video we will explain the different types of crossroads, and then show how to approach and cross them safely.
Dual Carriageways and Motorways are the safest and fastest types of road, and are really useful when driving long distances. The most common way to enter a dual carriageway is from a slip road, as this allows the joining traffic to accelerate up to speed before merging into the traffic flow. This can be a challenge for a new driver, as good observation and judgement skills will be needed to stay safe. This video will show how we use a 3-step process to join Dual Carriageways safely.
Many people feel nervous or anxious about driving, and this can become a distraction that prevents them concentrating fully. It can even lead to a driver avoiding certain situations, or even driving altogether. This video will take a look at why a driver might feel nervous, suggest general strategies that can reduce stress, and finally offer advice that may help in challenging situations.
Travelling on dual carriageways or motorways are normally very relaxing, but we will need to concentrate when leaving the fast-moving flow of traffic if we are to keep safe. We must plan our exit, position our car in the correct lane, and then slow the car down before approaching the next junction. If we make a mistake during this process we may put ourselves in danger, so in this video we will show how to leave dual carriagways safely.
Driving through a busy town centre at rush-hour can be difficult for a new driver, as there is usually a lot of traffic to deal with. Roundabouts in particular can be tough to negotiate, especially if they have multiple lanes. Many new drivers will need to drive themselves to and from work, and the traffic on the roads at peak periods will be much heavier than the rest of the day. In this video we will share our tips for keeping safe on rush-hour roundabouts.