A fundamental part of driving is forward planning and awareness. It is also what is assessed during the hazard perception section of the theory test. You should follow these steps:
– Scan along the road, looking out for all road users, checking rear-view and door mirrors for signs of vehicles. Get into the habit of doing this constantly when you’re driving, after some time it will become second nature and you won’t even need to make a conscious effort to do this. When you do this, you will need to take into account right turning traffic, road signs/markings, prohibited areas such as bus lanes, and all road users in both directions; junctions; intersections; crossings and other hazards.
– When changing direction or negotiating an obstruction, always apply the MSPSL routine. Do this in good time. If you are overtaking, is there a need? Is it legal? Is it safe? Is it necessary? Is it possible? If you can answer yes to all these questions, then you can commence the manoeuvre.
– When changing lanes, you should pay particular attention to vehicles in your destination lane. Are they holding back?
– Anticipate other road users, giving them adequate clearance. Also display a tolerant attitude to other road users.
– Make allowances for the weather, use the wipers, demisters and lights if applicable. Where it is sunny, make use of the sun visor and wear sunglasses.
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