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#1 14-02-12 17:35:38

kat1990
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Hi

Could someone confirm for me. The reason for putting on the handbrake before going into neutral is just to stop it rolling away? If so do you need to do it this way when you arent on a slope?

When about to move off after stopping in a meeting situation should I always check the blind spot?  and If im waiting at traffic lights do I always need to wait in neutral or can I stay in first gear if Im at the front of the queue?

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#2 14-02-12 19:45:01

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It's up to you whether you wait in gear or neutral at traffic lights, just make sure the car is secured on the parking brake in case you lose the clutch pedal. On a slope, if you feel there is a chance of rolling back use the parking brake, the most important thing is that you are in full control of the car.

When waiting in a meeting situation it's important to check the blind spot before moving off again because some drivers don't recognise why you are stopped and may try to overtake you just when you are ready to move.

Hope this helps and good luck with the test.

Last edited by Terrier (14-02-12 19:46:03)


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#3 14-02-12 22:10:03

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Hi
Thankyou very much for the help..

Can I also ask. When you say to judge the space for crossing traffic as if you were a pedestrian going to walk across the road. Does this mean walk from the pavement all the way across or walk from the middle of the road? 
And when meeting traffic and there is enough room for 2 cars to pass slowly eg 20mph but the oncoming car is taking up too much room is it bad to gradually move over to try and make them move in a bit?
Also should I check the blind spot before signalling? And again before moving off or just right before moving off? 

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#4 14-02-12 23:57:33

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Hi Kat1990

When crossing oncoming traffic you can judge the gap by asking if you could walk from the middle of the road and not the full width.

When meeting traffic in a small gap it's not acceptable to try to push the other car over, remember if it doesn't move you could hit it. The answer in this situation is to slow down more or stop if the space is much less than a doors width.

The blind spot will normally only need checking when moving off, this does not always mean from the kerb, you could be waiting in a meeting situation or just done an emergency stop, in which case left & right blind spots need checking.

Checking the blind spots before signalling is not necessary if you have been using your mirrors properly. In fact it can be dangerous to check blind spots on the move because you can lose touch with what's happening ahead, in some situations such as changing lanes a quick shoulder check may be necessary to make sure the lane is clear because mirrors do not cover everywhere.

Looking over your shoulder instead of the actual blind spot area when moving off is not safe and you will be marked for not moving away safely on test.

Hope this helps, remember if you have any doubts about anything don't be afraid of asking your instructor, there are no daft questions, if you need to know there's a reason for that and I'm sure your instructor will be pleased to help, but if you still have doubts ask on this forum there's loads of help on here.

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#5 15-02-12 08:16:46

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Re: Questions

Terrier wrote:

It's up to you whether you wait in gear or neutral at traffic lights, just make sure the car is secured on the parking brake in case you lose the clutch pedal. On a slope, if you feel there is a chance of rolling back use the parking brake, the most important thing is that you are in full control of the car.

Agree with Terrier

If inexperienced learners are first in the queue at lights and are not ready to go in first gear, I find that they tend to stall and/or do not check their mirrors for cyclists etc before moving off.
If you are competant and anticipate a wait then go into neutral with your handbrake on, If you are inexperienced, stay in first with your  handbrake on so you have time to check your mirrors before moving off without fumbling for first gear.

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#6 15-02-12 21:08:20

kat1990
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Re: Questions

Ok. Thanks for your help

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