Category: Driving Tips

Proper Lane Changes And Turns

Proper Lane Changes And Turns

Left turns are by and large one of the most dangerous things you will do while driving. Indeed, left turns are so dangerous, cause so many accidents, and drain gas mileage that when UPS created a program reducing the number of left turns their drivers made, they saved hundreds of millions the next year. The good news is that you don’t have to be a multi-billion, international company to benefit from their research. You, average driver, can minimize risk and increase gas mileage by taking precautions to minimize the number of left turns you make.

As always, no matter what turn you are making, make sure you check all around you car, use your mirror and check your blind spot over your shoulder. Complete the turn as quickly as possible, never block traffic, and ALWAYS use your signals. Make sure you give those behind you ample warning before making a turn, and be especially aware of pedestrians and cyclists that are often less visible than large cars and trucks.

When making a lane change very many of the same rules apply. First, turn on your signal (blinkers). A good rule of thumb is to do this about 3 seconds before you begin to make your desired lane change. Secondly check the mirror on the side of the car you are turning. If it is all clear perform a big head check over your shoulder to see into your blind spot. If all is clear continuing to signal, change lanes smoothly, and immediately turn off your signal. If at any point during your checking of the lane for clearance there is someone there you may have to adjust your speed to get over.

Planning for both lane changes and turns is an essential element of good, safe driving. Trying to get over too fast or too close to your intended turn is unsafe and may result in adverse traffic conditions or delays. Take these tips and all you learned with you during drivers education with you on the road always. Be safe out there and remember that proper lane changes can help not only you, but everyone else around you.

Documents to Bring to Your Driving Theory Test

Documents to Bring to Your Driving Theory Test

You’ll be expected to show both parts of your valid driving license (the photo card and the paper counterpart) at the test centre. If you have an old-style license without a photo you must also bring a valid passport. If you don’t show the required documents you won’t be allowed to test and you’ll lose your fee.

Old-style driving licenses

An old-style license consists of one document which does not display your photograph. If you have an old-style paper license you will also need to take a suitable form of photographic identification. For a list of all suitable photographic identification please see the ‘Photographic identification’ section below.

The Provisional License procedure is rather protracted but with some good organization it is possible to complete your Theory Test and obtain your Provisional License on the same day. What will you need?

1. Theory Test Pass Certificate.

2. Application Form.

3. Application Fee.

4. Two Color Passport Photos.

5. An Eye Test Certificate from an Optician.

6. Passport or Original Birth Certificate.

7. in certain cases of specified illnesses or ailments a Doctor’s Certificate.

A photograph of you, which has been signed and dated on the back by an acceptable person, confirming that the photograph is a true likeness of you. They must also include details of their position, telephone number and the length of time they have known you. Your examiner will accept a signature from the following: 1. Member of Parliament 2. Established Civil Servant 3. Bank Official 4. Police Officer 5. Medical Practitioner etc 6. Teacher 7.Solicitor 8.Established Civil Servant.

With all these Documents arranged all that is left is for you to sit in the Queue at the Motor Taxation Office and usually the turnaround here is no more than an hour or less. If you get there early you could be out in half an hour!

At the test centre

On arrival at the centre you will be asked your name and asked to hand over both parts of your driving license to allow invigilator staff to check your driving license entitlement.

You will be asked to store any belongings you have in a locker. You can keep the key with you during the test. All mobile phones must be switched off. You will be given a copy of the test procedures and asked to take a few minutes to read over them.

The invigilator staff will then call you to check in by signing a registration log and to confirm your details. You will then be shown into the testing room and allocated an individual booth to sit your test. Check the details on the screen and if they are correct press Start on the screen to commence your test.

Should you have any problems in the testing room, raise your hand and a member of staff will come to you.

On completion of the test you are free to quietly leave the testing room. Staff will ask you to sign out and collect any belongings from the locker. You can take a seat in the waiting room to await your results.

This is the first hurdle over and you may now legally sit behind the wheel providing you have a fully qualified Driver alongside you.