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#1 16-08-08 08:50:01

RhiannonxXx
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Hesitation

Hi everyone,

I have recently had to change instructors and they both seem to contradict each other. The first said when i hesitated at a junction, that that would be a minor fault and the new instructor said that i'd fail for hesitation if i didn't go when i had ample time to. She also said when i indicated too early that, that would also be a serious. Could someone tell me who's the more correct?

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Re: Hesitation




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#2 16-08-08 08:52:45

kjs
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Re: Hesitation

No real answer to that. It would depend on the situation and if you were actually holding up traffic. So in a sense they are both right.

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#3 16-08-08 09:59:03

Zipper
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Re: Hesitation

I agree.

The first instructor didn't elaborate on the fine details and was being more general I think.
The second instructor has obviously defined the situation in more detail.

Many instructors use the word "hesitate" to describe a situation where the pause is unnecessary (holding up traffic as kjs says), and what is "unnecessary" depends a lot on what stage your training has reached.

I wouldn't worry about it Rhiannon.
If you are at test standard or getting close to it, you would be expected to show reasonable confidence (appropriate to a learner driver) when making decisions to go or not - but it would be unfair to expect someone in the earlier stages of their training to demonstrate the same level of confidence.


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#4 16-08-08 22:45:00

tony adi
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Re: Hesitation

Hesitation at junctions can be minor or serious, repeating the same minor fault can in itself lead to a serious fault.
Signalling too early or late can lead to minor or serious faults.

It's not a case of will be a serious or will be a minor.

You should emerge from junctions when safe to do so, ensuring you don't cause any other traffic to change speed or direction when doing so. You should use your signals to inform other road users of your intentions, your signals should not confuse any other road users.

What that all means is it's a subjective opinion, neither of your instructors is more correct than the other, they just have different opinions. When you do your test, it will be the examiners opinion that counts, not yours and not your instructors.

On a more practical note, undue hesitation is more likely to lead to a serious fault. Undue hesitation would be a situation where a reasonably competent driver should be able to  see that they can emerge safely and then do so. One of the problems is it takes learners a while to see safe gaps in the same way that experienced drivers do, the other is acting on the gap and emerging and accelerating at the appropriate speed. Quite often learners wait for bigger gaps because they're simply not confident enough to accelerate quickly enough (i'm sure your instructors have taught you about "rate of acceleration"). It's quite common (certainly round here anyway) for people to pick up serious faults emerging onto NSL roads, simply because they don't accelerate quickly enough. We have a couple of spots on test routes where they emerge onto a NSL road with limited visibility, the only way to do it safely is wait until the road is clear, emerge and accelerate briskly to speed, if they emerge and dawdle there will be a car coming up close behind.  So it sometimes becomes a case of how you emerge that makes the difference.

With the indicating too early, the thing to remember is when your examiner gives you directions he/she wants a mirror check not a signal. One of the reasons for the mirror check is to determine when to put the signal on based on what is happening behind as well as what is in front of you.


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#5 20-08-08 17:34:45

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Re: Hesitation

Whether hesitation will result in a driver fault (minor) or a serious fault is the least of your worries. Hesitation puts you at increased risk of being involved in an accident.

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