Traffic light

Traffic lights – what do they mean?

If you’re taking driving lessons, you really must understand what the different colour traffic lights mean! Standard traffic lights in the UK follow the same sequence – starting with red the sequence is: Red, Red and Amber, Green, Amber, Red. Read below to discover why green sometimes means stop! Red Red and amber Red means …

Emergency stop

The emergency stop

About one in every three driving tests involves a controlled, ’emergency’ stop. How it works Your examiner will ask you to stop in a safe place then say: ‘when I say ‘stop’ and hold my hand up like this, I want to stop the car promptly and under control. Move on when you’re ready.” Although …

Mirror…signal…

The hazard routine The hazard routine is a basic drill, or system of actions, that you will use each time you approach a hazard. A hazard is anything that causes you to change your speed or direction, for example, junctions, roundabouts, parked cars, animals on the road, etc. By taking a routine approach, you will …

Overtaking

How to overtake…safely

Overtaking is an inherently risky manoeuver. A lot can go wrong if you don’t do it correctly! So when overtaking it’s important to follow these steps: Consider if it’s necessary. You may feel frustrated being stuck behind someone driving slowly and holding up your journey, but if you’re getting off that road soon anyway, is …

How to perform the turn in the road

This manoeuvre is often called the three-point-turn but in fact it doesn’t have to be completed in three movements. The number of moves required will depend upon how wide the road is, how big your car is and the turning circle of your car. And of course, your skill at the manoeuvre! The turn in …

Fog lights and when to use them

Fog Lights – when to use them and when not to!

There’s a lot of confusion of the use of fog lights. If you get it wrong you could be risking your life and the life of others. And you could be breaking the law! Key points You must use dipped headlights lights if visibility is reduced. While dipped headlights won’t help you to see in foggy …

Clutch control

Clutch control when moving off

The clutch….it’s a mystery to most new drivers! What does it do? Do I need to press it down? When do I press it down? Should I lift it up? All the way or just a bit? What’s the ‘biting point’ all about? Understanding how the clutch works and how to use it when moving …

Roundabouts

Roundabouts – how to approach and spot gaps in traffic

Roundabouts come in many sizes. They are circular junctions that are designed to allow traffic to keep moving, where possible, without necessarily having to stop, with all traffic travelling from right to left, clockwise. Basically, you should give way to traffic on the roundabout coming from your immediate right. They’re not easy to deal with …

Turn left

Left turns

A simple left turn can have many potential hazards, from tight turnings, badly parked cars, or cyclists and pedestrians that could be crossing your path. If you want to keep yourself and other people safe, it’s important to follow the correct procedure when approaching and negotiating the turn. How to turn left How to make …