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Moving Off And Stopping In Nottingham Driving Lessons
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Moving Off And Stopping In Nottingham Driving Lessons

When you start your first driving lesson in Nottingham you will be given instruction on how to set up your seat to enable you to reach all the main controls. This is commonly referred to as the cockpit drill. Following this you will be taught about the location and function of the hand and foot controls. This is a relaxed part of the lesson as you get to know your instructor and gain a feel for the car. The next subject is moving off and stopping, your first opportunity to actually drive the car.

Your Nottingham driving instructor will explain mirror use first and how to position them for optimum vision. Many drivers do not realise that the exterior door mirrors are made of convex glass and so make objects appear further away than they actually are. Drivers need to consider this and always check the driving mirrors in pairs according to the direction they wish to take, giving a clearer sense of how far away traffic actually is. The areas you cannot see by looking ahead or in the mirrors are called the blind spots. Special attention will be placed on these when taking a driving test in Nottingham as manyaccidents occur from the driver not checking them prior to moving off. The main blind spot is over the right shoulder and to the rear of the car. Secondary blind spots are behind the door pillars.

Use of Signals will be covered next with a talk about indicators and how to use them. These days if there is no one around to see a signal when you move off then don't give one. This puts the onus on the driver to actually look around and check for traffic prior to making the decision to signal. Always signal for anyone who may see it, even pedestrians as they may wish to cross the road and so need to be informed of your intentions.

Clutch control would be the next topic and this can be tricky for Nottingham's learner drivers. The biting point is where the clutch pedal is raised until the two clutch plates come into contact and the car begins to move. This takes a good amount of practice to perfect and is the first major obstacle for new drivers. Some driving test routes around the Carlton test centre have very steep hills which require tight control so it is essential you practice this as you learn to drive in Nottingham.

When you have moved off and practised steering a little it is time to stop by the side of the road. Any place you stop in must be safe, legal and convenient. Safe relates to physical features such as sharp bends or on the brow of a hill. Legal relates to the restrictions set out in the Highway Code, so avoid stopping on double yellow lines or at bus stops. Convenient means not blocking the entrance to driveways orcausing obstruction to other road users so pick your stopping place with care. You will be given more information about safe stopping places as you practice to become a safe and competent driver. Good luck with your lessons.


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