Tips For Driving Safely At Night

Roads that feel familiar during the day will often feel quite different when you’re driving at night. There might be new hazards, and the poor lighting conditions make it more difficult to spot warning signs and road markings. Here are some tips to help you reduce the risks of night driving: Prepare your vehicle. Make…

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How To Change Lanes Safely

Changing lanes is more complicated than it may seem. There are a lot of things to think about, and you’ll also need to thoroughly check the spaces around your vehicle to ensure you’re doing it safely. Follow these steps when switching lanes: Look ahead for hazards such as cyclists, or slow or stopped traffic that…

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How To Perform A U-turn

There’re times when you will need to turn your vehicle around and drive back the way you came. The simplest way of doing this is by performing a U-turn. Here’re the steps to follow when doing a U-turn: Check your mirrors, indicate left and pull in as close to the kerb as possible without touching…

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Downhill Hill Starts (Manual Car)

Hill starts when facing down the hill are a little bit easier as gravity will be working with you rather than opposing you. Being a hill start, however, there’re still a couple of steps you need to follow to ensure you do it correctly and safely. Follow these steps once you’re ready to start moving:…

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Uphill Hill Start (Manual Car)

Hill starts when facing uphill can be a bit challenging in a manual vehicle because gravity will be working against you. For practising this manoeuvre, choose a slope that is not too steep and with adequate space behind you, just in case your car rolls back. Follow these steps once you’re ready to start: Pull…

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Blind Spots – What Are They?

Blind spots are large areas around your vehicle that you can’t see by just looking forward or checking your mirrors. The major blind spots for a car are located along each side slightly behind the driver. Sometimes there are others depending on the vehicle. You can minimise the blind spots for your car by adjusting…

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The 12-second Rule

When you are driving, it’s always ideal to scan the road 12 seconds ahead of you. This means you need to look at where your car will be in the next 12 seconds. It might seem like a long distance, but being aware of what is happening some distance down the road can help you…

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Checking For Hazards When Driving

A hazard is basically anything that you will need to react to in order to avoid an accident. There are 2 types of hazards, hidden and visible hazards. Visible hazards are those that you can easily see such as a cyclist on a narrow road or potholes, while hidden hazards are those that you can’t…

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Using Your Indicators

Signalling might seem like a small, unimportant part of driving, but failing to do it could cause serious problems. That’s because signalling informs other road users (pedestrians and cyclists included) which direction you’re heading in. You should always indicate when: You want to pull out from, or return to, the kerb. Leaving or entering a…

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How To Start a Car

It sounds pretty obvious, knowing how to start a car, but there are a couple of things that you’ll need to remember before you turn the key to ensure a safe and successful engine start. Before you start the car: 1.       Make sure the handbrake is engaged. 2.       Press the clutch until it is all…

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