The Drive4Life instructors ensure that pupils use Mirrors – Signal – Manoeuvre well before turning right
- use your mirrors to make sure you know the position and movement of traffic behind you
- give a right-turn signal
- approach junction at appropriate speed for the type of junction
- decide if continue , slowing down or stopping
- if stopping, take up a position just left of the middle of the road or in the space marked for traffic turning right
- leave room for other vehicles to pass on the left, if possible.
The Drive4Life instructors will ensure that these steps are followed as pupils find always unduly worry about other vehicle behind or passing on left hand side. Wait until there is a safe gap between you and any oncoming vehicle. Watch out for cyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians and other road users. Check your mirrors and blind spot again to make sure you are not being overtaken, then make the turn. Do not cut the corner. Take great care when turning into a main road; you will need to watch for traffic in both directions and wait for a safe gap.
Roundabouts come in many sizes. They are circular junctions that are designed to allow traffic to keep moving, where possible, without necessarily having to stop, with all traffic travelling from right to left, clockwise. Basically, you should give way to traffic on the roundabout coming from your immediate right.
Use the Mirror – Signal – Position – Speed – Look routine
When approaching a roundabout, you must give way to the traffic coming from your immediate right. Stop at the give way line if you have to.
1. On approach check your mirrors; signal your intended direction. This depends on whether you want to go left, right or ahead. Use any roadside diagram to help you plan.
2. First exit (left turn) on a roundabout. Position on the left, slow down to a reasonable speed, so you can stop or go depending on what you see. Select the correct gear, with the intention of moving onto the roundabout, but being prepared to stop at the give way line; you must give way to traffic already on the roundabout.
3. Straight on at the roundabout, no signal on approach, again you keep to the left. Signal left once you pass the exit before the one you want. Take particular care to look into your left door mirror to make certain you are not endangering others.
4. Turning right at a roundabout. This is any exit on the right hand half of the roundabout as you approach. Check mirrors to the right, signal to the right, position on the right on approach if you can, and enter the roundabout when it is clear enough to do so; positioning your vehicle towards the right hand lane. You will have to change lanes before turning off.
5. As you approach your intended exit, check mirrors and signal left, just after the exit before the one you want. Make good use of the left mirror before you move over and leave by the next exit. Watch out for pedestrians crossing the exits.
6. Once you have exited the roundabout, check mirrors to see who has followed you. Check your signal cancels.
7. Mini roundabouts are smaller and have a flat centre for larger vehicles which may be too big to get round. Approach in the same way as a large roundabout, but you will not need the second signal when leaving. Signal for the left, or the right, of not at all, if you are going ahead. Go with caution at all times.
8. Cyclists and horse riders will travel the roundabout on the outer lane, so take care when you see them, allow them plenty of room.
9. Some larger roundabouts have multiple lanes. Use the most appropriate lane for your exit. Left lane going left, right lane for right turns, and the centre lane for straight ahead. Obey any traffic lights you come across on these roundabouts. Some also have traffic management instructions painted on the road, or on the signs, to give you information about which is the correct lane for your journey – read these signs to assist getting the correct lane. If you have to change lanes, then so do extremely carefully, with adequate mirror and blind spot checks and good signals.
10. Some larger roundabouts have traffic lights to ease the flow of the traffic and allow everyone the opportunity to get onto a busy roundabout. These are especially common near motorways. Roundabouts can be taxing, so if you do get into the wrong lane, especially when taking a right turn, and cannot safely exit at the desired point, check mirrors, signal right, go around and do it again, this time making better preparations. If you have signal left too early and you cannot safely adjust this without danger, then take that exit, even thought it might be the wrong one. It is better to turn around in a side street, and go back to the roundabout and try again, rather than cause a collision on the roundabout by making bad and late direction changes.
LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES
At Drive4Life when we teach pupils to drive, the pupil will make mistakes. These mistakes are inevitable but pupils shouldn’t dwell on them. Whether it be stalling the vehicle under pressure or getting a manoeuvre wrong, Drive4Life instructors feel it is important that pupils to remain calm in these situations and not to worry about what other drivers think. Just like the pupils, other drivers have been in exactly the same situation and this is should fully empathised to the pupil.
Also in the driving test some mistakes will also go unpunished providing you rectify them and react in a safe and proper way. The Drive4Life instructors practise pupils respond in a calm way.
Motorists face tougher MOT tests on their vehicles from 20 May 2918, as an updated test introduces new categories under which a vehicle can fail or pass. At Drive4Life we endose these changes as it will improve the air quality and health.
The categories include “dangerous”, “major” and “minor” which determine whether a car, van or motorcycle must be taken off the road or can be driven as long as repairs are carried out. Drive4Life feel that these categories will give the motorist better information about failed MOT’s.
The MOT will also be tougher on diesel emissions, which again Drive4Life endorses for health reasons.
Vehicles with a diesel particulate filter will now have to pass new tests.
That filter captures and stores exhaust soot to reduce emissions.
A diesel vehicle will fail its MOT if there is smoke of any colour coming from the exhaust or there is any evidence that the diesel particulate filter has been tampered with.
These faults will be classed as “major” under the new categories.
Defects found during an MOT will be categorised as:
- Dangerous: Fail. The vehicle is a “direct and immediate risk to road safety or has a serious impact on the environment”. It must not be driven until it has been repaired.
- Major: Fail. The fault “may affect the vehicle’s safety, put other road users at risk or have an impact on the environment”. The car, van or motorcycle must be repaired immediately.
- Minor: Pass. A defect has “no significant effect on the safety of the vehicle or impact on the environment”. It must be repaired as soon as possible
- Advisory: Pass. A defect could become more serious in the future. “Monitor and repair it if necessary.”
- Pass: The vehicle meets the minimum legal standard.
Named originally after the Ministry of Transport, there are 30 million MOT tests a year in Britain. And around a third of them fail with indicators and lights being the most common cause. Now that number is set to rise – initially at least – as the test gets a bit tougher.
It will be especially strenuous on diesel cars, and that affects around half of UK road users. Most newer diesels have a particulate filter but if the tester sees any smoke at all emerging from the exhaust, that car will fail. If someone has tampered with the filter, that too is a ‘fail’.
The advice as ever is to regularly check for any leaks, low tyre pressure and that all your lights – front, side and back – are working. Fail to prepare: then prepare to fail.
A wider range of a vehicle’s parts will also be tested including: the tyres, to check if they are underinflated; the brake fluid, to investigate if it has been contaminated; and fluid leaks, to make sure they do not pose an environmental risk.
From Monday 4 June 2018, Drive4Life learner drivers will be able to take driving lessons on motorways in England, Scotland and Wales.
Drive4Life instructors will help to make sure more drivers know how to use motorways safely.
At the moment, you can only have motorway lessons after you’ve passed your driving test. Some newly-qualified drivers take lessons through the voluntary Pass Plus scheme.
How the change will work
Learner drivers will need to be:
- accompanied by an approved driving instructor
- driving a car fitted with dual controls
These are supplied by Drive4Life.
Any motorways lessons will be voluntary. It will be up to the Drive4Life instructor to decide when the learner driver is competent enough for them.
Until the law changes, it’s still illegal for a learner driver to drive on a motorway.
The change only applies to learner drivers of cars. Learner motorcyclists won’t be allowed on motorways.
Trainee driving instructors won’t be allowed to take learner drivers on the motorway.
Motorway driving isn’t being introduced to the driving test as part of this change.
Making sure road users are ready for the change
The change is being well-publicised so that:
- learner drivers are prepared
- other road users know what to expect
The Highway Code rules on motorways will be updated.
Driving near learner drivers on the motorway
As with any vehicle on the motorway, keep a safe distance from a learner driver in front of you. Increase the gap on wet or icy roads, or in fog.
You should always be patient with learner drivers. They may not be so skillful at anticipating and responding to events.
Drive4Life think that driving practice after learning driving skills is very important. The government is considering the introduction a minimum of 120 hours behind the wheel before learners can take their driving test.
At Drive4Life, we know that “ministers are considering a mandatory minimum learning period to prevent young motorists from taking to the road alone with little practice. At present they can sit the driving test as soon as they turn 17, and some pass with 20 hours’ experience or less”. Under the proposed system, hours can be accrued with both instructors and, say, a family member before being recorded in an official logbook.
Drive4Life feel that this does not allow for pupils with different learning skills to progress. Also it open for abuse and fraudulent entries so pupil can reach 120 hour target. Depending if pupils lives a rural area or major city will also determine weather these hours are acceptable.