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before any manoeuvre (e.g. moving off, stopping, turning, changing lanes) you must

- use mirrors to see how your action will effect traffic behind
- look around for final check (e.g. windscreen pillars can block view)
- signal if needed


what do you do if you can't see behind when reversing?

ask a reliable person to help you


what do you do if emerging from a junction and you can't see due to parked cars?

move forward slowly and carefully until you can see


before you overtake be careful to?

- have a clear view of the road (e.g. no dips or bends)
- you have enough time to safely overtake


what can you do to make sure other road users know you are there?

- when dark turn on lights even if streetlights aren't on
- when you can't be seen (e.g. hump bridge) consider using your horn


what do road signs and markings do?

give info about hazards


what should you do when you see a road sign/marking?

- follow their advice
- slow down if needed


what do you do when turning right onto a dual carriageway?

check the central reservation is wide enough for your vehicle


what is a dual carriageway?

road where there is separation between yourself and oncoming traffic e.g. raised kerb, grass. can be 1+ lane in either direction


what do you do when following a large vehicle and why?

- stay well back for safety but also so you can see more of the road ahead
- see whether you can see their mirrors (shows whether they can see you)


what vulnerable road users should you look out for and why?

- pedestrians particuarly when hidden or at a crossing
- cyclists, make sure to pass them slowly and leave lots of room
- motorcyclists as they may be hidden by your windscreen pillar


if your approaching traffic lights that have been green for a while what should you expect?

that the lights may change so be prepared to stop


why must you keep both your hands on the wheel when you brake?

to keep control of the vechicle


what do you need to plan for a journey?

- the route
- regular rest stops


to ensure you don't feel tired when driving on a motorway you must

- not drive for 2+ hours consecutively
- have plenty of fresh air
- if you feel tired, leave at the next exit, find a safe area to stop and have a nap


what things can passengers do that could distract you?

- arguing
- joking
- loud music


what things can distract you when driving

- objects hanging in the car
- starting/changing radio/music
- looking at a map
- talking into a microphone


what is the term blind spot?

any areas that are hidden from the driver due to bodywork or not being covered in the mirrors