Driving :: Preparing for your Driving Test (Part 2)

REVERSE PARKING

You must take good all-round observation and show consideration to other road users whilst parking your vehicle. Control your vehicle smoothly making proper use of the clutch, accelerator, brakes and steering. Remember as you steer your vehicle into the parking space, the front of the vehicle will swing out. Keep a special look out for cyclists and pedestrians who may pass close to the front of your vehicle.

USE OF MIRRORS / REAR OBSERVATION

You should use your mirrors often, including exterior mirrors where necessary, and always be aware of what may be in your blind spots. Just looking is not enough. You must know what is happening all around you and act sensibly and safely on what you see. You must always check carefully before signalling | changing direction | changing speed. Use the Mirror Signal Manoeuvre (M.S.M.) routine. Do not signal without first using your mirrors. Always do both before you act.

GIVE APPROPRIATE SIGNALS

You must signal clearly to let others know what you intend to do. You must signal only using signals in the Highway Code, if it would help other road users, including pedestrians, and in plenty of time. Other road users need to see and understand what you intend to do so they can react safely. Your signals, or lack of signals, must not mislead others. Always ensure that the signal has been cancelled after the manoeuvre has been completed. Do not beckon to pedestrians to cross the road, you could put them in danger from other vehicles.

RESPONSE TO SIGNS AND SIGNALS

You should understand and be able to react to all signs and road markings. You must act correctly at traffic lights, and check that the road is clear before proceeding when the green light shows. Obey signals given by police officers, traffic wardens and school crossing patrols. Look out for signals given by other road users, including people in charge of animals, and be ready to act accordingly.

USE OF SPEED

You should make safe, reasonable progress along the road bearing in mind the road, traffic and weather conditions and the road signs and speed limits. Make sure you can stop safely well within the distance you can see to be clear. Remember that as a new driver you will lose your licence if you get more than six penalty points, and you will have to retake both your theory and practical tests.

FOLLOWING DISTANCE

Always keep a safe distance between you and other vehicles. Remember on wet or slippery surfaces it takes much longer to stop safely. When you stop in traffic queues leave sufficient space to pull out if the vehicle in front has problems.

MAINTAIN PROGRESS

In order to pass your test you must show that you can make reasonable progress and drive at a speed appropriate to the road conditions. You should be able to choose the correct speed for the type of road, type and density of traffic, weather and visibility You should approach all hazards at a safe, controlled speed, without being overcautious or interfering with the progress of other traffic. Always be ready to move away from a junction as soon as it is safe and correct to do so.