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#1 22-03-11 15:06:53

HAM1
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Registered: 10-02-11
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road narrowings

Whats the most suitable way to deal with when a road narrows and you have to change to another lane, especially in heavy/moderate traffic.

I.e. at traffic lights there may be two lanes for straight, left and middle, but then because as a learner Im  in the left lane for straight I have to change to the single lane after traffic lights. Whats the best way to deal with this, i.e. should I use a signal, or position of the car etc to avoid annoying driver behind. I find that most of the time I am waiting quite a long time to get a gap in the traffic.

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#2 22-03-11 16:17:19

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From: LEICESTER
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Re: road narrowings

Try to let others know your intention as early as possible if having to change lanes but not so early that you confuse others into thinking you are going to do something else

Try to put yourself into the driving seat of their cars and imagine what they might be thinking

If you are having lots of problems then perhaps getting a more experienced driver to sit next to you and give advice through a few of these situations may help


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Leicester group of advanced motorists
LGV instructor from 2005 to 2008

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#3 22-03-11 17:01:24

Aspyre
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Re: road narrowings

HAM, another thing to consider is that if there are two lanes going your way (like at lights) and they merge, it is usually the outside one which is merging - so you're not changing lane as such.

Often, it comes down to moving away and accelerating confidently (and safely). Learners tend to go slow, and that tempts others to go past - and there's not really anywhere for them to go once they reach the car in front, so they slow down... and that makes the learner overreact and slam on the brakes, which can cause further problems (and more people overtaking).

If you move off confidently and accelerate effectively (i.e. briskly and safely) you'll find much of the problem disappears. Make sure you watch (not stare) what's going on to your right in your mirror and perhaps by glancing to your right.

You'll still get the Audis and Mercs cutting you up - but we all have to put up with that lol

Don't forget that if you're in a learner car then it automatically encourages some people to try and get past.

A similar thing applies if you're in that right lane in heavy traffic (no reason why you shouldn't use it in certain circumstances) - move off confidently and keep an eye on your left side.

Indicate if it would help, but don't let that sidetrack you too much while you are still learning.

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#4 22-03-11 17:51:04

HAM1
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Re: road narrowings

I was in country lane doing 60mph, NSL, but steering was highly responsive, whats the best way to steer at higher speeds.

Also if I brake at higher speeds with small/quick movements of the steering, will the car have tendency to skid. Car has ABS, and in good surface/weather.

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#5 22-03-11 18:01:21

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From: LEICESTER
Registered: 23-08-10
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Re: road narrowings

I was in country lane doing 60mph, NSL, but steering was highly responsive, whats the best way to steer at higher speeds.

Also if I brake at higher speeds with small/quick movements of the steering, will the car have tendency to skid. Car has ABS, and in good surface/weather.

Steering - for a quarter turn of the wheel or less then holding at quarter to three and keeping that grip may help - hands should not go past the 12 o clock or 6 o clock position
Anything requiring a turning of the wheel more than the above then smooth use of pull/push is recommended
Seeing the haxard in good time and allowing yourself space and time to react is the key

Braking whilst actually turning the wheel should be avoided at all times
Firm progressive braking can be done when the wheel is 'set' (not being turned) but should only be done when a hazard appears suddenly such as a stationary hazard in the middle of your lane when going around a bend

Good all round vision and forward planning will eliminate most potential problems


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Leicester group of advanced motorists
LGV instructor from 2005 to 2008

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#6 22-03-11 18:16:47

daz6215
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Registered: 07-06-08
Posts: 449

Re: road narrowings

I was in country lane doing 60mph, NSL, but steering was highly responsive, whats the best way to steer at higher speeds.

Also if I brake at higher speeds with small/quick movements of the steering, will the car have tendency to skid. Car has ABS, and in good surface/weather.

Acceleration, sharp acceleration, braking and steering can all induce a skid and especially if combined.

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