How to do a hill start

When new drivers have a problem with starting on hills, it is usually because they are worried about rolling back. If the car rolls back, even a little bit, they ‘panic’ and start tap-dancing with the pedals! But the truth is, if you can move off OK on a level road you already have all …

Checking driving licences

From 8th June 2015 you will no longer be supplied with a paper counterpart when your provisional licence arrives. The paper counter part used to hold information about any endorsements and driving bans. All driving instructors are required to check your licence before you can drive their car but you will need to provide them …

Common steering faults

Learning to drive? Steering not quite right? Here’s how to fix the most common steering faults. The shuffle Some new drivers have a habit of shuffling the wheel – only moving the hands a few centimeters rather than taking large sweeps when turning the steering wheel. This becomes a major problem during manoeuvres that need …

Emergency stop (in real life)

Just started a driving lesson in Scunthorpe and we’re on our way to a nice quiet road so we can practice the emergency stop… I’m saying ‘you never know when you might have to stop the car quickly’… Watch the Ford KA coming out of the multi storey car park…

Joining and crossing dual carriageways

Although there are many conventional T-junctions and crossroads on dual-carriageways, motorway-type slip roads are becoming more common. When entering a dual-carriageway from a slip road you will use the ‘acceleration lane’. The acceleration lane is an extra lane on the left for use when building up your speed before merging with traffic on a dual-carriageway …

Scanning – it keeps you safe!

The image on the left gives you an idea of where experienced drivers look, and what they look for… Imminent risks This is the immediate area around the car and is especially important near schools, playgrounds, pedestrian crossings, junctions, parked vehicles, etc. New drivers, however, often pay too much attention to this area. When you …

Cross hatch lines (chevrons) – can you drive on them?

White chevrons (commonly known as cross hatched lines) are often used to separate traffic lanes or to protect traffic turning right. There are 2 types: If the area is bordered by a solid white line, you should not enter it except in an emergency. If the area is bordered by a broken white line, you …

Who lives, who dies? It’s up to you…

Driving too fast, not paying attention to what is happening (or could happen) as you drive down the road, or just not caring…can have fatal consequences. This road safety video from the Northern Ireland DOE is worth watching.