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Learning to Drive: Meeting Traffic

Meeting Traffic

Part 5 of the Learning to Drive Series, Meeting Traffic

This lesson will also cover how to proceed past Obstructions and determine whether or not you have enough Space to proceed. But first off, let’s discuss queuing

Learning to Drive: Meeting a Queue

Since the UK are notorious ‘queuers’, let’s start with how to appraoch and move in a traffic queue.

 

PERFECT QUEUING

LEAST MEMORABLE STEP

Don’t Coast – Coasting is when you allow the car to roll in neutral.Your examiner will mark you down if you are caught coasting. The car should always be in gear when waiting in traffic.

 

MOST MEMORABLE STEP

Spotting Traffic – A stationary car in the middle of the road is most likely waiting in traffic.

 

InsureLearnerDriver HELPFUL TIP

When you are Learning to Drive, practice looking through the windscreen of the car in front, to see when the car ahead of ‘them’ starts moving. When it starts moving, prepare yourself to move off. Early preparation will give you more time and feel less rushed when traffic starts moving.

 

Learning To Drive: Obstructions & Priority

Most roads have two flows of traffic, traffic you are Following and traffic Opposing you. Roads are designed to accommodate equal amounts of space for both flows of traffic.

Both traffic flows should be able to continue without affecting one another. However, obstructions can cause both flows of traffic to meet.

 

Single Obstruction

When there is only one obstruction blocking the road. Whoever does not have the obstruction on their side is usually given priority.

If you have priority, then the oncoming traffic should wait for you to pass.

Note: Impatient drivers may ignore this rule. Be prepared for such behavior and don’t assume you will always be given priority. Alternatively, some drivers may be courteous and afford you the priority.

 

Dual Obstructions

There may be occasions when there are two obstructions on both sides of the road. In this situation no one has priority. We would suggest, especially when you’re Learning to Drive, to wait and allow the other car to pass.

 

Obstructions On Wide Roads

If the road is wide enough, there may be room for you and oncoming traffic to pass one another. The car with the obstruction on their side passes closest to the obstruction, whilst the other driver passes closest to the pavement.

 

Pulling In

If there are a large number of parked cars on your side of the road, you may have to drive in the centre or opposite side of the road to proceed.

In the event you meet traffic, you will need to find an appropriate space to pull in.

Note: Your instructor will likely inform you when to pull in. However, you will soon have to learn to do it independently.

 

PERFECT PULLING IN

Note: There should be space available where there is a dip in the pavement. Cars should not be parked here.

 

Note: When reversing, you will need to look out the back of the car, not in the rear view mirror.

 

LEAST MEMORABLE STEP

Looking Far Enough Ahead – You may forget to keep looking as far down the road as possible. If you don’t, you may not spot oncoming traffic and miss an opportunity to pull in.

 

MOST MEMORABLE STEP

Reversing – Making contact with parked cars is a guaranteed fail on your driving test. If you are uncertain whether you can pull out without touching the parked car in front of you, reverse back.

 

InsureLearnerDriver HELPFUL TIP

If you have pulled into a space and a car flashes you forward, ignore them and wait.

 

See How Instructors Meet Traffic

 

Look Out For

Bends – Don’t commit to passing obstructions on bends, as your ability to see oncoming traffic is impeded.

Traffic Calming Measures – These slow down the flow of traffic e.g. speed bumps & priority of way signs.

< Read Part 4 – Emerging From Junctions                                     Read Part 6 – Making Progress >


‘Learning to Drive’ series – full lesson list