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Dealing with pedestrians; part 2

Dealing with pedestrians; part 2
A common challenge, for all drivers are the vulnerable, these are  both the young and elderly who are at risk more than most for basically the same reason, they do not always think about cars or are distracted by what they are doing. Examples: As we turned a corner on a quiet estate an elderly lady stepped out into the road, we did an emergency stop, the lady then put up her hand and...

Dealing with pedestrians; part 1

Dealing with pedestrians; part 1
Rule number one. Never ever wave pedestrians to cross the road! Examples:  We were about to park up after a queue of taxis at Burnley bus station, two ladies appeared at the front of the taxis, the pupil stopped and waved them out, and as they started to cross the road a bus overtook us! Lesson learned. Awhile ago we were driving along a dual carriageway towards a roundabout, a car...

Dealing effectively with Cyclists

Dealing effectively with Cyclists
Most pupils are concerned about cyclists, mostly because they do not fully understand how cyclists ride, so they see them as unstable and dangerous. First you need to understand “how cyclists think” Most cyclists don’t think they just do whatever comes into their mind at the time! As the winter closes in there are going to be more cyclists on the roads especially on dark...

Dealing effectively with motorcycles

Dealing effectively with motorcycles
Most pupils are afraid of Motorcycles, mostly because they do not fully understand how motorcyclists drive, so they see them as noisy and dangerous. First you need to understand “how motorcyclists think” Drive round for work Drive for pleasure Once you know this you can be better prepared for what motorcycles are likely to do as they drive around What are motorcycles likely to...

Dealing with HGVs

Dealing with HGVs
Most pupils are afraid of HGVs, mostly because they do not fully understand what HGVs do, so they see them as big and scary, in the way and difficult to pass. First you need to understand “what the job description for a HGV is” Drive round and deliver their load Stick to a timetable Pick up and drop off goods Once you know this you can be better prepared for what HGVs are likely...

Have a Plan B for Cyclists!

Have a Plan B for Cyclists!
Dealing with cyclists can be a very frustrating experience. The main thing is to remember that cyclists do not think that the rules apply to them. Once you your recognise that fact, everything is easier. When you expect cyclists to do what is opposite of what makes sense then you are better prepared to deal effectively with whatever they do. A few typical examples. Going through red...

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