Archive | November, 2012

Driving lessons Nottingham, Moving off (POM)

26 Nov
This is an easy to follow, step by step method to move off safely.
P – Prepare. First of all get the vehicle ready to move; clutch down and select the appropriate gear, set the gas (one to one and half revs), then slowly bring the clutch up so that you feel the bite point.
O – Observe. Check it is safe; if moving away from the left hand curb, look in your interior (centre) mirror to see what is behind you. look in your offside (right) mirror to see what is coming from the right, finally look over your right shoulder (blind spot), the area that the two mirrors cannot see. Before moving off look ahead.
M – Move. Signal away from the curb, release the handbrake and keep your feet still.
When you move off safely you will have to judge that you will not slow down or make another road user change direction. (Just like when you cross the road safely) Therefore do not give a signal until you are about to move, otherwise it could be misleading. (‘Are you signalling to go? or to let people know that you want to go?)

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Driving lessons Nottingham, reverse park. (parallel parking)

19 Nov
This makes use of the vehicle’s manoeuvrability in reverse gear to park in a restricted space.
remember, while you are carrying out this manoeuvre, you could be a hazard to other road users.
Position and observation
Good all-round observation is essential for this manoeuvre.
Do not start to manoeuvre if you are likely to endanger or inconvenience other road users.
Other drivers might not be aware of your intentions, so before you pull up at the place that you have chosen to park, remember to carry out the MSM/PSL routine.
Positioning your vehicle
Stop your vehicle reasonably close to, and parallel with, the parked vehicle ahead of the gap . (A half a car door length gap, between your vehicle and the vehicle you are along side is sufficient space)
Your vehicle should be about level with, or slightly ahead, of the parked vehicle. This will depend on the size of the gap and the length of the vehicle.
Manoeuvring into the gap
Apply your handbrake if necessary. Show your break lights by pressing the footbrake. Select reverse gear to show the reversing light(s). This warns other road users of your intentions.
Check all around. (360 degrees)
When reversing your main observations should be through the back window, although you will still need to keep checking for any other dangers and be able to take the correct action if necessary.
  • Reverse, so that the back of your vehicle is in line with the back of the vehicle that you are along side. Check over your right shoulder at this point for anything passing. Steer the wheel 360 degrees to the left (one full turn to the left). Be careful not to dry steer.
  • When your vehicle has reached a 45 degree angle (two o’clock), steer the wheel back to the right 360 degrees (one full turn to the right).
  • Always maintain your observations. Look in your left mirror and you will see a triangle of road, as the road disappears out of sight (this reference point is different from person to person as seating position changes depending on size). Steer the wheel 360 degrees to the right (one full turn to the right)
  • When you see the road reappear in the left mirror, steer the wheel 360 degrees to the left (one full turn to the left).
Reverse back straightening the vehicle if necessary, so that you have a one car length gap between your vehicle and the one in front.
Remember
Keep a good lookout for other road users throughout this manoeuvre, particularly
  • pedestrians.
  • oncoming vehicles.
  • passing traffic.

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Driving lessons Nottingham, using the MSPSL routine, to approach a junction.

14 Nov
Using the MSPSL routine, to approach a junction
Firstly identify the junction and assess the type of junction that it is:
• Open/closed.
• Emerge/Turn.
• Controlled/Uncontrolled
Check for road signs and road markings and use the MSPSL routine .
M – Mirrors. Look in the appropriate mirrors to assess what is behind and to the left/right.
S – Signal. Signal left or right, as apprpriate, in good time.
P – Position. When turning left, assume the normal driving position (either in the middle of your lane or 1 metre from the curb, depending on rd size). When turning right, position yourself as soon as it is safe to do so, to the right of your lane (just to the left of the centre line). In a one-way street move to the right-hand side of the road.
S – Speed. Reduce your speed, if necessary and select the appropriate gear. Be prepared to stop: you must give way to traffic on a major road.
L – Look. Look in all directions, at the earliest point it is clear to see (ensure that your position and speed remains correct for the type of junction and direction you intend to take).

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Driving lessons Nottingham, Roundabouts

7 Nov
Roundabouts allow traffic from different roads to merge or cross without necessarily stopping.
Priority
Before you enter a roundabout, you normally give way to traffic approaching from your immediate right. However, you should keep moving if the way is clear.
In a few cases, traffic on the roundabout has to give way to traffic entering. Look out for ‘Give Way’ signs and road markings on the roundabout.
Some roundabouts have traffic lights (sometimes part-time) which determine priority.
Always use the MSM/PSL routine on approach.
Approaching a roundabout
Always look well ahead for the advance warning sign.
Especially at large or complex roundabouts this will give you a clear picture of the layout of roundabout, together with route directions. The sign will enable you to select the most suitable lane in which to approach the roundabout.
Watch out also for advance warnings of appropriate traffic lanes at the roundabout. These are often backed up by road markings, which usually include route numbers.
• Get into the correct lane in good time.
• Dont straddle lanes.
• Never change lanes at the last moment.
Where possible it is a good idea to look across the roundabout and identify the exit you are aiming to take. This will help you to plan the safest route through the roundabout.
Procedure
Adopt the following procedure, unless road markings or signs indicate otherwise.
Going left
• Indicate left on approach.
• Approach in the left hand lane.
• Keep to that lane throughout the roundabout.
• Maintain a left turn signal through the roundabout.
Going ahead
• No signal on approach.
• Approach in the left hand lane. If you cannot use the left hand lane because it is blocked, use the next lane to it.
• Keep to the selected lane throughout the roundabout.
• Check your mirrors, especially your near side one.
• Indicate left just after you have passed the junction before the one you intend to take.
Going right or full circle
• Indicate right on approach.
• Approach in the right hand lane.
• Keep to that lane and maintain the signal on the roundabout.
• Check your mirrors, especially your near side one.
• Indicate left just after you have passed the junction before the one you intend to take.

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