Jim WeldonTips for learners

     Driving Lessons Glasgow-Giffnock-Muirend-Newton  Mearns


CONCENTRATE, OBSERVE, ANTICIPATE and this will give you SPACE and TIME - this advice will serve you well!

How to drive through a traffic light controlled junction - when lights at green you set off across the junction, do a quick check RIGHT-LEFT BEFORE CROSSING (this does the examiner's confidence a world of good). Oh, and saves your life when someone runs a Red light. Critical if you're first off the lights. My routine - pupil looks into each road and says the word "happy" before crossing. Learn to vocalise your observations.

Link things together. Engage First gear check mirrors for bikes,  second gear observe the junction. Don't steer and change gear; do one or the other. Link an observe to a gear selection. 

Roundabout. Always approach planning to stop at the line but constantly observing/scanning so that you can go when the opportunity arrives. "Slow until you can go, when it's clear take the right gear." This way you will not be caught out or sail into the junction.

New road, new observation.  Observe far, middle, near and rear. Treat every turn as a new road. So CONCENTRATE.

See a cars light's think: Indicator or brake . Do I need to slow?  stop or change course. Try and let the  situation resolve before you get there, perhaps coming off the gas early and losing  a little speed.Green Traffic light, go if safe to do so but always be prepared to stop should traffic light change to amber !  Red Light, Stop behind the solid white line.

Developing situation? Cover the brake. Always cover the brake when approaching lights on a downhill road. Car keeps on moving and you're ready for a stop. Examiner notices things like this and it makes them feel COMFORTABLE. They don't pass SCARY drivers. Would you?

Pedestrian crossing. Look for red stop light  on the right; means it's a puffin. Won't change 'till the people are off the crossing. There's no flashing amber on a puffin so don't move off until the green light shows.

Red light at  Pelican;  Slow the car down early ready to stop. When a person's on the crossing they have priority whether flashing amber  or green. Look out for bikes on the pavement near a crossing. Always scan the pavement for potential crossers.

ALWAYS have space in front of you, especially at junctions. You should always be able to see a group of cars then a space, then you. Think of them as the Play and you as the Audience. NEVER get involved in the play. Give yourself space and thinking time.

Manoeuvres - these are failed for accuracy or (more often) observation. Make sure you observe BEFORE you start - imagine there's a kid waiting to run behind your car. Then, do at least three observes during the manoeuvre. The examiner will always spot something before you!

The bigger the vehicle in front of you the greater the space - if it's a bus or a refuge wagon EXPECT it to stop. Hang back ! look out for bus stops, wheelie bins, that will help you anticipate the vehicles next move.

ALWAYS stop with a car length in front of you. You must be able to see TYRES and TARMAC. That way if the vehicle ahead breaks down! you still have space to move round.

Slowing down!  forget  gears. Only change a gear when you know you can proceed!  That way you select  the most appropriate gear for your speed, road and traffic conditions  . Right turn, change  the gear as you look into the road. Then you won't cut the corner.