Precautions before starting the engine:
Your car needs to be in good working order before you turn the key in the ignition.
These are the things you need to check:
Always use the MSM (Mirror – Signal – Manoeuvre) and PSL (Position – Speed – Look) routines.
You need to:
To make sure you always have a safe position on the road, you need to:
No matter how small the manoeuvre and how empty the roads, you should always check your mirrors before making a manoeuvre, such as:
You should only turn around to look in the blind spot when you’re stationary, for example when:
Do you know the difference between a Y-junction and crossroads, or a roundabout and an unmarked junction?
When approaching a junction or roundabout, you’ve got to slow down in time so you won’t have to brake harshly if you need to stop.
Always watch out for the more vulnerable road users such as children and cyclists.
Can you deal safely with meeting, crossing and overtaking traffic?
Do you know when it’s illegal to overtake another vehicle?
What the appropriate speed is depends on:
Hopefully, you won’t use this skill often because your eyes are always on the road ahead and you can identify hazards long in advance. If you do need to brake quickly, it is important to keep both hands on the wheel and try to stop in a straight line.
If your car doesn’t have ABS brakes, you run the risk of skidding. If this starts to happen, release your brake pedal a bit. If the rear of your car is sliding sideways, you can make up for this by gently steering in the same direction.
The internet is full of videos and pictures of drivers making a fool of themselves while parking.
You need a lot of attention, precision, patience and practice to master this skill. Why not get in the right mood with our parking game?
The hazard perception test is part of your theory test, but you’ll need to be aware of potential dangers on the road even more than during your theory test.
The free training course material that A+ provide with help you with hazard awareness for both your practical driving skills for the test and also for the theory element.
Your reverse checklist:
If you want to turn your car, you’ll have to choose between doing a U-turn, reversing into a side street or doing a 2 point turn.