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Driving Lessons Colchester Tips: Legal Overtaking

What is legal overtaking? Here a great tips about driving lessons Colchester :

There are many ways to overtake a vehicle in front, and many of them are practical and according to the common sense such as: (1.) before overtaking, you should make sure that the road ahead is sufficiently clear. (2.)  No other road users are starting to overtake you. (3.) There’s suitable or enough gap in front of the car you’re planning to overtake.

On the other hand, there are some ways of legal overtaking such as: (1.) Overtake the vehicle in front only when it’s safe to do so. (2.) You should not get very close to the car you plan to overtake. (3.) Use your car mirrors and signal when it’s already safe to overtake. (4.) Take a sideways glance quickly if necessary into your blind spot and then begin to move out.

You shouldn’t assume that you simply can follow a  car in front which is overtaking other vehicle because there may be gap ahead but only enough for one vehicle and so you have no more room to get in back to your place at the left.

Quickly move past the car you’re overtaking, once you’ve started overtaking. Allow plenty of gap, and as soon as you can, move back to the left, however, don’t cut in.

Take extra care at night time overtaking and to overtake in poor visibility especially if it’s hard to judge the distance and speed. Before you pass some parked vehicles or other road obstructions, give way to some oncoming cars.

You should only overtake on the left side of the road if the vehicle in front you is already signalling to be turning right, and there’s enough gap to do so. Stay in your lane and don’t overtake when traffic is slowly moving in queues. You may also pass or overtake on the left if on your right, the queue is moving more slowly.

In overtaking horse riders, cyclists or motorcyclists, give them enough gaps just as you would when you overtake a car, according to the Rule 163 of the Britain’s Highway Code. You can also refer this to Rules 211 to 213 and Rules 214 to 215 of the same code .

How about overtaking a large vehicle? You should be aware that overtaking this is more difficult. You must drop back or give a long gap in order to raise your ability to view ahead and at the same time allowing the large vehicle driver to see you in his mirrors.

To get very close to large vehicles, including tractor with fixed equipment or trailer, will obscure your eyes on the road ahead and worse if there is a slow-moving vehicle in front of the tractor.

To complete your manoeuvre, make sure you have plenty of gaps before committing yourself to overtake.

Remember that it takes longer to pass a long and large vehicle. If your mind is in doubt, an accident may be eminent, so do not overtake.

Don’t assume that you can follow a car ahead which is starting to overtake a long vehicle. Be cautious that if a problem develops, that driver of the car ahead may abort overtaking and suddenly pulls back in, and you’ll be in danger.

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Colchester CO7 9LL

United Kingdom (UK)

Phone: 07557 745904

Driving School Colchester Tips: Reversing Safely

Learning how to reverse safely is a skill that a learner driver could learn fast from driving school Colchester with a thorough practice. But you should have some basis whilst learning the safe reversing, and that’s the Highway Code of the United Kingdom (UK).

The Rule 168 of Britain’s Highway Code deals with safe reversing. To be able to do it safely, you should check for traffic and nearby pedestrians by carefully looking all around, behind and in front of you, over both in your mirrors and your shoulders.

In places where there are many small children being gathered such as playgrounds, schools, car parks, residential roads or even at your own driveway, you should take special or extra care whilst reversing your car. Remember that small children are short and you couldn’t easily see them especially at the back of your vehicle.

Bear in mind that across the UK, a lot of accidents involving children had been happening due to reckless and careless reversing. So, if you’re reversing and your view is restricted, ask for help from concerned person around. Let him or her guide you to reverse safely as he or she can see at the rear of your car so you can make sure not to hit any children at the back of your vehicle.

When reversing, you should first give way to pedestrians and other road users. If you’re reversing from a major road going to a minor road, you should wait until it is safe to do so. Slowly reverse far enough into the side of the road allowing your car to have the correct positioning on the left-hand side if you are going to rejoin the major road.

If you are reversing in darkness, you should take extra care. When you’re in doubt of the road situation and the potential hazards around, you should get out of your car and check the area in order to make sure you’ll not be hitting anything or anybody.

Remember that if you’re going to reverse your car, you must not do it from a minor road going onto a major road because it is definitely unsafe to do so. Imagine the numerous vehicles passing on the major road are running in higher speed compared to your car which is reversing in a very low speed, so the contrast already reflects potential hazard on the road being posed by you and your vehicle.

If you are in the situation of no other choice but to reverse your car from a minor road onto the major road, be patient of the inconvenience you’ve created because you should wait until the time the major road will be cleared, and worse it would rarely happen in rush hours.

Remember that reversing safely can be mastered by any driver regardless of his or her own experience behind the steering wheel but through the height of his concern for safety for himself/herself or to any road users. So, to reverse safely mostly depends on the maturity of the driver himself or herself. They are often called the safe, highly responsible and defensive motorists.

The Ministry of Driving

34 Manor Road

Colchester CO7 9LL

United Kingdom (UK)

Phone: 07557 745904

Driving Lesson Colchester Without Due Care and Attention

Driving lesson Colchester without due care and attention has been an offence sometimes committed intentionally or unintentionally by some drivers in the United Kingdom (UK). This sort of offence is the failure of the driver to stop his car and report the road accident to the authorities.

One example is an incident involving Mr. Stevens who was summoned to appear before Wathamforest Magistrates Court for the offence of driving without due care and attention and failure to stop and report an accident to the authorities.

The accident was related to an alleged minor collision committed by Stevens against a car being parked on one side of the road, which involved damage to a wing mirror of that vehicle. Because that collision was so minor, Mr. Stevens didn’t even know if he really committed it.

Although Mr. Stevens had no knowledge of such a collision, he just accepted that it had occurred on a road which he used and that it was possible that he might have clipped a wing mirror and unaware of the accident.

So, he did not dispute that the collision had really occurred based on the evidence of some independent witnesses. However, he explained that as his vehicle was a Land Rover Defender, the noise in its cab could be loud enough and it’s also quite “rattley” thus he wasn’t able to notice such a minor collision.

Based on this statement, Mr. Stevens was advised by his lawyer to plead not guilty to the offence of driving without due care and attention or failing to stop and report an accident. For how could he report the accident if he is truly unaware that it really happened?

The case then proceeded to a trial in court. Following some discussions, the trial started and the prosecutor decided not to continue with the prosecution. Then Mr. Stevens was acquitted or therefore found not guilty of the offence.

He just remained being sentenced for the offence of careless driving, but on the basis that it was only a minor judgement error, the court sentenced him by endorsement of three penalty points on his driving licence plus a small fine. Then, he was allowed to recover his representation costs through a Defendant Costs Order.

This is a Driving lesson Colchester that every driver in the UK whether novice or experienced should learn. Remember that your judgement error will cause your unexpected prosecution because the road accident that happened was even unknown to you at that time. Whilst Steven’s statement is really true, the three penalty points and a small fine imposed by the court on him is just reasonably fair.

The offence of careless driving by Mr. Stevens has been obvious as manifested by his own statement or explanation before the court that the noise in the cab of his vehicle could be loud enough and it’s also quite “rattley” thus he wasn’t able to notice such a minor collision.

Therefore, the lesson that young drivers could get from Mr. Steven’s experience is that, being unable to notice a collision involving your vehicle for whatever reason is enough ground for careless driving offence which will result to three penalty points on your driving licence.

The Ministry of Driving

34 Manor Road

Colchester CO7 9LL

United Kingdom (UK)

Phone: 07557 745904

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The Rule 165 of Britain’s Highway Code

The rule 165 of the Highway Code of the United Kingdom (UK) is dealing mainly of many situations that the driver must not overtake a vehicle in front purposely to avoid road fatalities, thus protecting not only the life of the motorists but all other vulnerable road users.

The rule says that any driver must not overtake in these situations:

(1.)  If you’ll have to straddle or cross the double white lines with one solid line nearest to you.
(2.)  If you’ll have to enter a spot which is designed to divide traffic, and if it’s within a single solid white line that surrounds it.
(3.)  The vehicle which is nearest to the pedestrian crossing and when it stops letting pedestrians to cross the road.
(4.)   If you’ll have to enter an area which is reserved for trams, buses or cycles during its time of operation.
(5.)  Beyond a “No Overtaking” sign and until you will pass a sign that cancels the restriction.

Also, don’t overtake if there’s any doubt, or where you cannot see far enough ahead to be sure it is safe. For example, when you’re approaching the following:

(1.)  a corner or bend
(2.)  a hump bridge
(3.)  the brow of a hill.

Don’t overtake if you think you might be in conflict with the other motorists or road users.

For example: When you’re:

(1.)  going to approach a road junction or if you’re already on it at either road side.
(2.)  in an area where the road ahead narrows or when you’re in a narrow portion of the road.
(3.)  going to approach a school crossing.
(4.)  in between the kerb and a tram or bus when it is at a stop
(5.)  in an area where there is a long queue of traffic at road works or junctions.
(6.)  going to force another motorist to slow down or swerve.
(7.)  at a level crossing which is currently functioning that anytime unexpectedly trains are passing by.

When a road user is indicating right, even if you believe the signal should have been cancelled. Do not take a risk, wait for the signal to be cancelled. Because there may be reasons you don’t know why the signal continues even if the car is still going straight ahead at the moment but surprisingly will turn right quickly for an emergency.

If you are a defensive driver, you will think that it’s better to waste a few minutes waiting for the signal to be cancelled and just stay behind rather than overtaking aggressively only to collide with that vehicle in front which turns to the right quickly according to its given signal.

On the other hand, if you are following a cyclist, stay behind him or her when approaching a roundabout or junction, and you intend to turn left. Many drivers aren’t willing to do this because the pace will be very slow to waste more of their time, so they have the tendency to overtake the cyclist before reaching the corner, thus raising the risk of an accident.

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The Ministry of Driving

34 Manor Road

Colchester CO7 9LL

United Kingdom (UK)

Phone: 07557 745904