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Dealing With Busy Junctions In Nottingham During Driving Lessons
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Dealing With Busy Junctions In Nottingham During Driving Lessons

Nottingham has some of the most complex and demanding road junctions you could ever come across. Learning to drive in Nottingham can be a tall order when pupils are students from smaller towns. Here we have a look at how best to negotiate junctions to stay safe and make the best possible progress.

There are two basic procedures when changing course at junctions. Turning is leaving the main road into a side road and emerging is when you reach the end of a road to turn onto the main road, usually at a give way line. Either one requires learners to use the mirrors, signal and manoeuvre routine. Everything you do in driving revolves around this procedure and using it on the driving test is a must if you wish to pass.

Some of Nottingham's junctions are very tight with very short sight lines so a slow approach is required. If a signal is needed then it should be given clearly and in good time. Signal too early and you may confuse other drivers who might pull out in front of you. Signal too late and other drivers do not get enough warning to slow down so learners need to be taught how to judge the timing of a signal.

One of the biggest problems with new drivers is not looking in the direction of intended travel but instead looking over the bonnet. This invariably leads to swinging out wide into the wrong lane when turning left and and clipping the kerb when turning right into minor roads. I have seen a learner driver actually tear a hole in the tyre wall by doing this so you need to turn your head and look through the side window before steering. Many junctions in Nottingham have parked cars right up to the mouth of the junction so you will need early warning of these.

The point of turn can be another difficulty. When turning left line the front of the bonnet up with the beginning of the kerb and with the centre of the minor road for turning right, go past this point and you may not make it through the junction at all. Going too near the kerb can be dangerous for pedestrians as well, so practice looking and steering correctly.

You will emerge from some very busy junctions when driving in urban areas. Junctions can be divided into two types, open and closed. An open junction is one where there are no buildings or other obstacles blocking the view on approach so if you see it's clear then just drive through in second gear. Most Nottingham junctions are closed so a good view of traffic cannot be obtained until reaching the end of the road. These must be taken slowly and in first gear giving the learner time to look, assess, decide and act on what they see.

Defensive driving course instructors will need to make sure pupils understand that obeying a stop sign is a legal requirement. The best way to negotiate a stop junction is to keep attention on the stop line until stationary and then begin to look for traffic. It is very tempting for learner drivers to carry on over the line if they see the road is clear. Remember it's a stop junction for a reason and danger could appear at the very last second from a hill or blind bend. Always check thoroughly before driving through a junction.


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