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Driving Tips & Advice for Safe Driving

Driving Tips & Advice for Safe Driving - Castletown School of MotoringOur Driving Tips

Here at Castletown School of Motoring we really care about training people to be better drivers. Here are our top driving tips to help you become a safer and more responsible driver.

1. Road Positions

  • Stay left on straights & bends
  • Follow correct course at intersections
  • Stay a safe distance from vehicles in front – remember it takes 1 metre to stop per MPH, double that in wet conditions (2 second rule)
  • Don’t swing wide when turning left
  • Don’t cut the corner when turning right

2. Overtaking & Passing

  • If in doubt, don’t overtake
  • Leave one door length from stationary vehicles
  • Move in and out gradually
  • Overtaking always takes longer than you think especially if you are overtaking a long vehicle

3. Anticipation & Observation

  • Remember to check blind-spots
  • Before overtaking/changing lane, check that it is safe to do so
  • Take proper observation when turning at junctions
  • Use good judgement, but don’t be overcautious
  • Use mirrors frequently, “15 second”, but don’t overdo it
  • Always try to anticipate the actions of other road users

4. Speed & Progress

  • Maintain reasonable forward progress
  • Keep to the speed limits
  • When it is safe to do so, proceed, don’t wait too long
  • Adjust speed to suit road and traffic conditions

5. Traffic Control

  • Comply with traffic lights
  • Obey road signs and markings
  • Obey pedestrians and zebra crossings

6. Vehicle controls

  • Do not coast
  • Use your gears correctly, I.e. for turning & speed
  • Apply brake smoothly
  • Use the handbrake when necessary
  • Steer the vehicle with control
  • Never take both hands off the wheel when the vehicle is moving

7. Parking

  • Do not obstruct entrances
  • Park within 18” (45cm) from the kerb
  • Do not park opposite a car on a narrow road
  • Lock it or lose it. Do not leave anything on display in your car that could cause someone to break into it.

8. Roundabouts

  • Give the correct signal
  • Yield the right of way
  • Follow the correct curve
  • When using the inside lane to turn right, be aware of the traffic in the lane to your left

9. Reverse

  • Keep reasonably close to the kerb
  • Check blind-spot as you are turning around (4 to 5 times)
  • Stop for any approaching vehicles

10. Turnabout

  • Keep on the lookout for other road users, particularly …(pedestrians about to cross behind you, vehicle approaching from any direction…)
  • Drive slowly, steer quickly
  • Do not bump kerb
  • Take proper observation

11. Safe driving

  • Driving in Europe,on the spot fines are imposed for most minor motoring offences.  Make sure you know the regulations for each country you intend visiting and obey them
  • Prevention is better and indeed cheaper than cure. Stick to service schedules. If you notice any faults, consult your garage.
  • Remember,the perfect driver doesn’t exist so whatever stage you have reached as a driver, always aim for a higher standard.