HOW NOT TO DRIVE!

 

Not looking to point the finger of blame at anyone, but here are some

examples of the bad driving we come across during our lessons.

 

 Rather than descend into an uncontrollable tirade of road rage, we use

each one as a great learning opportunity for our pupils!

 
 

Click on the thumbnail pictures to watch the footage!

 

1. Overtaking on solid white lines

 

Apart from the few exceptions listed in the Highway Code, do not

overtake on a solid white line and NEVER approaching a blind bend!

 
   

Front Camera

Rear Camera

 

2. Overtaking near pedestrian crossings
 

Do not overtake approaching a pedestrian crossing and

always keep within the speed limit!

 
   
     
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3. Planning and awareness / leaving adequate clearance
 

Be aware of what is happening in front of you and always

leave adequate clearance when passing parked cars!

 
   

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Rear Camera

 

4. Read road markings and signs!

 
On this approach to the Hospital Roundabout, the right lane is
clearly marked as being used for right turns only - watch the

convertible use it to go straight ahead!

 
   
     
 

Rear Camera

 
     
Here's another example on the same roundabout - we spotted
that the Ford Civil van was in the right lane, but with no right
signal, so we were suspicious - no surprise then when
he cuts us up to go straight ahead!
 
   
     
 

Front Camera

 

 

5. Lane discipline and basic rules at roundabouts

 

The Highway Code says that if taking the first exit at a

two-exit roundabout, then you should signal LEFT.  If

the second exit is to the right, then signal RIGHT.
 
Watch the car in front approach to the left and then
 cut across us to the right with no signal.
 
We just KNEW he was going to do that so held back!
 
   
     
 

Front Camera

 

 

6. Planning and awareness
 
The slip road exiting from Tesco Extra onto Queensway dual
carriageway is clearly marked with a "Give Way" sign, but
 it doesn't seem to apply to the driver of the white car.
 
We couldn't move over to the right lane, so the correct thing
to do would be to just ease off the gas a bit and let him out!
 
On this occasion we were a bit late reacting to the situation as
it developed - see how close we came to a disaster as a result!
 
   
     
 

Front Camera

 

 

7. Blind spots on roundabouts
 
When moving across a roundabout from the inside to outside
lane to exit, make sure you check over your left shoulder
for those in a desperate hurry trying to undertake you!
 
Of course you must have your left signal on before you start
to move across to show that you are intending to exit!
 
We did.....but he still ignored it!  Luckily there was nobody
immediately behind us so we could slow a little, otherwise
we would have needed to aim for the right lane on the exit.
 
   
     
 

Front Camera

 
     
Here's another example that could have turned really nasty.
 
Coming off the Horsey Lane roundabout from the inside lane,
we couldn't go into the far right filter lane on the exit due to
the man with the shopping trolley being stood in it!
 
Watch the car undertake us from our blind spot!
 
   
     
 

Front Camera

 

 

8. Making progress
 
The van driver should definitely not have overtaken us with
with a car approaching in the opposite direction, but were
we partly to blame?
 
If you look at the display at the bottom of the video, we were
only doing 17mph in a 30mph zone that was clear of hazards,
so the van driver became frustrated with us and took a risk!
 
If we had been travelling at an appropriate speed, then the
van would have probably stayed behind us safely!
 
 

Front Camera

 

9. Always expect the unexpected!
 
See how quickly you can spot the cyclist coming the wrong way
up a one-way street with no lights at night!
 
 

Front Camera

 

10.  Be aware of what's going on behind you, even in a queue!
 
We are in a slow-moving queue of traffic in the left-hand lane.
 
Watch the rear camera first to see the motorcyclist with a
death wish shoot past us in the right lane, well over the
30mph speed limit on that road.
 
Then in the front camera you will see him cut across the car
ahead of us and instantly turn left - all done with no signals.
 
He could just as easily have swerved in front of us!
 
Note - if you drive in London, couriers and commuters do this all the time!
 
   

Rear Camera

Front Camera

 

11.  Leave a suitable gap between you and the car in front
and
12.  Check behind BEFORE you reverse NOT after you've started!
 
Watch this driver change their mind at a junction and then give
a cursory glance back as they start to reverse.
 
Because we had left a reasonable gap in front, we just had time
to hit the horn before they did any damage!
 
 

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