All You Need to Know About Driving Instructors

If you’re a new learner driver and want to learn how to drive, then where do you start? How do you choose driving instructors for your driving lessons, and what are the costs that are associated?

When you choose a driving instructor with a good reputation, who is friendly and helpful, and you get along, then it will make the whole driving process much simpler.

A good driving instructor will help you to be safe on the road, but give you the confidence that you need to pass and go out as a driver on your own.

If you want to know more about getting started with driving lessons and choosing driving instructors, then read on. 

Get recommendations

One of the best ways to choose a driving instructor, as there are a number of local ones out there, is to go by recommendations.

If you have neighbours that all loved their instructor and all three children passed for the first time, for example, then that is definitely a glowing recommendation. Equally, if you ask around, local friends and family, they could also share with you those driving instructors that they would avoid, so it is worth the conversation.

Don’t just go for the cheapest

Although price is definitely a factor to consider when it comes to choosing a driving instructor, you shouldn’t just jump at the lowest price you find.

The reason for this is that all driving instructors will have costs before they make a profit. If they charge less than the average, which is currently around £26-£27 per one hour lesson, then you need to consider what costs they are cutting.

Are they using budget tyres or are they not even fully qualified? Definitely something to consider.

Remember that many instructors offer a discount if you book a block of lessons, but this might be worth doing after a lesson or two, once you have decided that this instructor is definitely for you. 

Driving instructor qualifications

If you are looking for driving instructors for your driving lessons, then you need to make sure that they are a DSA-approved Potential Driving Instructor (PDI) or an Approved Driving Instructor (ADI).

If they have neither of these qualifications and are charging for lessons, then you need to avoid it as this is illegal. If necessary, ask for ID and proof of these qualifications.

Driving instructors should display their qualification proof in their car window, which is either a DSA PDI green hexagon badge or a pink DSA ADI triangle badge. 

Important questions to ask driving instructors

When you’re thinking about who to choose as your driving instructor, then here are some important questions that can help you decide, as well as get a general feel for the instructor.

 

  • How long do your students take to pass their test, on average?
  • How many of your students passed the first time?
  • How long have you been a driving instructor?
  • What lesson length would you advise to be best?
  • How flexible are you with bookings and cancellations?

 

By looking out for the right kind of qualifications and experience for a driving instructor, it can give you an idea of if they will be right for you.

To book in for a first lesson with one of our trusted and experienced instructors, get in contact with us today. 

 

What You Need To Know Before Taking Your Driving Theory Test

What You Need To Know Before Taking Your Driving Theory Test
  • New drivers are often told to take a good look at the road ahead.
  • But how exactly should you do that?
  • And why is it important?

When you are just starting out in driving, it can be incredibly difficult to know what this means or how you are meant to do it.

However, this is exactly why the theory test exists, and this is something that you need to learn about in order to succeed. See this article for advice on how to improve your road safety skills and get as prepared as possible for the driving theory test.

What Is The Theory Test?

The driving theory test is a test that you need to have passed before you can take your practical driving test, where you actually drive the car. In the theory test, you will be tested on your knowledge of the road and road signs, as well as being given a chance to demonstrate that you have good instincts when it comes to a variety of on-road situations.

Once you have passed your theory test, you have two years in which to pass your practical driving test, otherwise you will need to take the theory test again.

When Can You Take It?

You might be wondering whether you are yet old enough to take the theory test. As long as you have had your 17th birthday, you can take your theory test. Bear in mind that you can book in your test before your 17th birthday, as long as the booked date is after that point.

Also, some 16 year olds can take the test if they apply for the enhanced rate of the mobility component of the Personal Independent Payment.

What’s On The Test?

You will of course need to have a strong idea of what is actually on the test, so you know what to expect before you actually do it.

Your driving instructor will certainly be happy to go through this with you, but you can always do your own research as well, using DVDs and online videos, as well as digital courses that you might come across as well. However, always make sure that they are legitimate resources (and for the right country!)

On your theory test, you will have to answer 50 questions in the first part. These will be testing your alertness, attitude, your awareness and understanding of safety, and your knowledge of road signs. You have 57 minutes to complete this part of the test. You have an optional practice test at the start.

Then you will have the hazard perception test, which consists of 14 clips in 20 minutes. There are 2 hazards in each clip, and you need to show that you have noticed them in time by clicking or touching the screen.

You will need to get 44 points out of 75 to pass, and you will fail if you simply click the whole way through – so don’t be tempted!

Now that you know what to expect, you should be able to ace your theory test.

10 Awkward Driving Lesson Moments

Awkward Driving Lesson Moments

When you are learning to drive, you are bound to make some mistakes. Everybody does it, and most of the time, it’s fine. But every driving instructor has plenty of stories about serious blunders that some of their students have made.

The dynamic between a driving instructor and a student can be a little strange at first as well because you are in such a confined environment with somebody that you barely know. That means that there is a lot of potential for awkward moments during driving lessons.

These are the 10 most awkward driving lesson moments you will have to deal with.

Small Talk 

It’s always awkward trying to hold a conversation with somebody that you don’t really know that well, but you usually have a quick escape route if you bump into them in the street. But when you are having a driving lesson, you are stuck in the car together with no way out.

After a few lessons, things will get easier once you get to know them a bit but it’s going to be awkward to begin with. Driving instructors are used to this so it’s likely that they’ll have a stock of questions that they ask to move things along a bit. 

Getting The Wrong Name 

This one can happen on either side, but it’s less likely that you’ll forget the driving instructors name because it’s usually written on the side of the car. The instructor, on the other hand, gives a lot of driving lessons each day and it’s likely that some of their students have similar names, which means they might get yours wrong. It’s always a little awkward to correct somebody for the first time, but it’ll be way more awkward if you let it slide and they continue calling you the wrong name for months before eventually seeing your real name on some paperwork. 

Picking Your Nose 

Most of us don’t like to admit it, but when nobody is around, we sometimes like to have a little scratch around in our nose. We’re not like little kids with a finger buried up there, but we’d still rather that nobody else saw us. The problem is, when you are concentrating on the road, you might forget that somebody else is sitting right next to you and decide to have a dig around. 

Forgetting Your Lesson 

Picture the scene, you’re all tucked up in bed enjoying a relaxing Saturday morning and suddenly, the doorbell goes. So, you get up and drag yourself to the door in your pajamas, only to find your driving instructor on the other side. You’re embarrassed because they’ve seen you in your pajamas and they’re frustrated that you’re late. Next time, just set a reminder on your phone. 

Not Knowing Left And Right 

When you’re driving and your instructor starts giving you directions, it’s always a bit awkward if you don’t know left and right. The first few times, they might put it down to nerves, but eventually, you’ll just have to admit it and ask for help. 

Driving Past Your Ex 

Bumping into an ex is always awkward, but it’s so much worse if you drive past them on a driving lesson. They’re watching you, hoping that you’ll stall the car so they can laugh at you. Your driving instructor will probably notice that something is up, which makes it all the more awkward when they ask if you know each other. The best thing to do is just focus on the road and try to ignore them. 

Driving Past Your Friends

Driving past your ex is bad, but driving past your friends can be even worse. They’ll all be trying to distract you and you want to make sure that you look cool in front of them, which is never going to happen. Again, the best thing to do is try to ignore them.  

Repeatedly Stalling

Everybody stalls from time to time, that’s normal. But things get awkward when you’re sitting at a junction with a long line of traffic building up behind you and you keep stalling over and over. Eventually, your driving instructor will have to take over so they can get the flow of traffic moving and you’ll be left feeling embarrassed. 

Needing The Toilet

Rule number one, always go to the toilet before your lesson. It’s always an awkward situation when you have to ask your driving instructor if you can stop the lesson and find somewhere to go to the toilet halfway through. It’s even more awkward if they’re the one that needs to go. 

Failing Your Test 

It always feels awkward when you have to tell your instructor that you have failed your test and you need more driving lessons. But you’ve got to remember that driving instructors have a lot of students, and a lot of them fail, so there’s no need to worry about it really. 

You’re going to experience some of these awkward moments at some point during your driving lessons, so prepare yourself. 

 

What to expect on your first driving lesson

What to expect on your first driving lesson

Your first driving lesson is a big milestone and you’re probably pretty excited about it, but it’s also very nerve wracking. Taking control of a car is a big deal, and it’s a lot of responsibility to take on. In the lead up to your first lesson, you will invent so many hypothetical scenarios in your own head, most of them bad. What happens if I crash the car? What if I accidentally run somebody over? What if I can’t even get it started in the first place? It’s so easy to think of the worst case scenario and get worried about your first driving lesson, but the reason that you have driving instructors is so you are safe and you don’t make any of these dangerous mistakes. 

If you are concerned about your first driving lesson, it helps if you know what to expect and how to prepare yourself properly. That way, you are not in for any surprises and you will be less worried about what might happen. Here’s what you can expect from your first driving lesson. 

Preparing Yourself 

Before you start the first lesson, there are a few important things you should do to prepare. First off, make sure that you get a good night’s sleep the night before. You need to be alert when driving, so being tired will make things difficult for you. Secondly, make sure that you are not drinking the night before your first lesson. Even if it is just a few drinks, this can still affect your cognitive ability and your reaction times in the morning. Finally, eat a good breakfast before you have your lesson because you will find it harder to concentrate if you are hungry. 

There are also a few things that you should bring with you on your driving lessons. You will need your provisional driving license, some comfy shoes that have good grip, and glasses if you wear them. Don’t forget to bring cash or a cheque to pay for your lesson as well. Driving instructors won’t work for free, but if you do happen to forget, they’ll probably let you off until next time. 

Getting Picked Up

You need to arrange the pick up with the driving instructor before the lesson because some instructors will wait in the car while others will come to the door. When they do pick you up, you won’t have to get in the driver’s seat right away, so you can just relax. You’ll get in the passenger side and they will drive you to a safe location. 

The Cockpit Drill

Most driving instructors will take you to a specific place that they know is quiet, before switching seats with you so you are in the driver’s seat. Before they let you loose on the controls, they will take you through the cockpit drill. This is the set of checks that you need to do every time you get into the car. 

You can remember these checks using the acronym, DSSSM: 

  • Doors – Are the doors securely closed? 
  • Seat – Is the seat in a comfortable position? 
  • Steering – Is the steering position correct? 
  • Seatbelts – Does everybody in the car have their seatbelt on?
  • Mirrors – Are all of the mirrors adjusted correctly? 

It’s a good idea to try to memorize this before you have your first driving lesson so you already know what you’re doing, but all driving instructors will take you through it step by step anyway. 

Learning The Basics 

Once all of your checks are completed, your driving instructor will start taking you through the basics. They will run through the clutch, accelerator, and brakes, and show you how to use the handbrake and change gears. If there is anything that you are unsure about here, it’s perfectly fine to ask if they can run through it again. It’s important that you know what you are doing before you set off because, even if you are only going 20mph, it’s still going to be scary if you don’t feel in control of the vehicle. It’s a good idea to make your first driving lesson 2 hours long, so you have enough time to get to know the controls and get some driving in. 

Hitting The Road 

Now that you know how all of the basic controls in the car work, it’s time to put it into practice and hit the road. This is the most exciting, but also the most nerve wracking part of the lesson. But don’t worry, your instructor will be there every step of the way. 

In your first driving lesson, you will learn a few key procedures that your driving instructor will explain before you set off. These will include: 

  • Starting the engine. 
  • Clutch control. More specifically, finding the biting point. 
  • Checking your mirrors and your blind spot. 
  • Using indicators to signal. 
  • Changing gear. 
  • Bringing the car to a safe stop. 
  • Curb side parking. 

These are the basics of operating a car and, hopefully, you should feel confident enough to move onto the road and try some real driving by the end of your first lesson. Keep in mind that your driving instructor will have their own set of controls for the car, so you don’t need to worry if you feel overwhelmed and they need to take over. 

After Your First Driving Lesson 

When the lesson is over, your driving instructor will drop you back at home. At this point, they will have a discussion with you about how the lesson went, and tell you some of the things that you can improve on next time. Make sure that you listen carefully and take note of everything because you may be able to study up on some of these things at home between lessons. 

Before you leave, it’s time to book your next lesson. Ideally, you should minimize time between lessons and try to have 2 or 3 a week if your schedule allows it. 

 

Congratulations, you’ve successfully made it through your very first driving lesson and you are well on the way to passing your test. 

Stay Safe On The Roads This Winter

Stay Safe On The Roads This Winter

During the harsh winter months, driving conditions can become increasingly more difficult and can massively increase the risk of dangers on the road, that could lead to accidents, insurance claims and even losing your license.

For new or learner drivers, this can be a daunting task to tackle the roads during torrential rain, icy conditions or poor visuals from fog and low cloud; the clinging cold can make fog linger which means you’ll really need to be extra vigilant.

This is important, not just for new drivers, but for experienced drivers also, the roads can be dangerous places to be when you’re not implementing all the safety tools during your time on the road. So let’s take a little look at how you can become safer for both yourself and the people around you on the roads. 

If you’re learning to drive in bad weather conditions, your driving instructor will be sat next to you guiding you through every step of the way and it’s important to ask your driving instructor the best ways to maintain safety on the road during these difficult times, especially if you’re learning to drive through summer when the conditions are much easier. If you’re brand new to the roads, you may be wanting to make journeys alone but feel concerned to drive without the assistance of anyone. 

 

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Light Up! 

During bad weather conditions, the one thing that is easily hindered is your vision to see other cars, people and objects around you. If you’re facing thick fog, you may not be able to see that clearly with just your headlights.

Make sure you are using your front and rear fog lights and remember that even if it is during the day, you must still use your lights for visibility, even daylight can be minimised during winter but as soon as the conditions begin to clear or improve, turn your fog lights off immediately and lower your lights so you do not dazzle oncoming drivers.

Of course, staying extra vigilant will help, keeping your radio low or off for extra concentration will help.

 

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Check Your Car 

When the weather is poor, your car can suffer and manually checking your car will help avoid any breakdowns or mishaps when you’re out and about.

If you are driving and your car overheats or the tread on your tyres is not at least 3mm, then this could risk skidding in rain. Check your radiator, your tyres, your anti-freeze levels, windscreen washers.

Be sure to have other things at the ready, such as an ice-scraper, de-icer, warm clothing in case your car breaks down and you have to sit inside it to wait for help.

A torch is also preferable and a small first aid kit, just in case you are caught out. Checking your car regularly will greatly decrease your chance of a mishap. 

 

Don’t Drive Wildly

You may want to start speeding up to get to your destination quicker and out of the bad weather but this is never a wise idea and poses more threats than anything else.

You need to avoid any harsh manoeuvres, any harsh braking (make sure you’re driving slower than usual, although not too slowly) and reversing, or parking must be done slower and with more care to ensure you do not slide and see exactly where you’re going.

Drive behind other cars with at least a four-second gap which will allow you to have enough time to brake in case the car in front of you has to brake sharply.

Also if you are driving a little slower, this will allow you to look out for road signs on motorways or any hazards up ahead.

If you are stuck in snow or icy roads, put your car into a high gear and gently move the car back and forth without revving the car, to help you out of the situation; although if this doesn’t help, calmly stop the car and call for assistance and make sure you are visible by keeping your lights on. 

 

Stay Alert When Driving

Stay Alert! 

During the winter months, we may see a rise in strong winds that can feel very daunting when you’re driving on motorways. Strong winds may feel as if you’re fighting a force against the car, so it’s important to drive slower to avoid drifting across and stay well clear of any motorbikes, bicycles, and high sided vehicles as they are likely to also suffer and may stray towards you in strong winds.

Give them space, or if the situation is not dangerous, overtake them. If you are driving near crosses bridges or open roads, you will find the wind feels stronger around these areas; slow down and stay vigilant.

Keep both hands firmly on the wheel and focus on the road; stay safe, think clearly.

Stopping Distances Explained

Understanding stopping distances

Understanding stopping distances

Understanding stopping distances is one of the most important parts of learning to drive safely. Leaving enough space between you and the car in front will help to prevent accidents and avoid unnecessary incidents. Keep reading to discover what factors affect stopping distance and how you can easily adopt the best techniques to maintain safe driving practises.

Thinking distance

Stopping distance is the distance it takes you to stop your car, but it is made up of two components: braking distance and thinking distance.

Thinking distance is the time it takes you to realise that there is a problem before you can start applying the brakes. The faster you are travelling, the greater distance you will cover before being able to come to a full stop.

You may think that you would apply pressure to the brake pedal as soon as you notice a hazardous obstacle, but this is not true.

No matter how fast your reaction time, there will always be a delay between when you first notice a hazard, and when you take action.

There will even be a short amount of time between when you first see the hazard and when your brain recognises that it is a problem.

This is especially common when you are not paying attention to the road properly and if you are distracted by passengers, music, the radio or a speakerphone.

On average, thinking distance at 20mph is approximately 6m, but if you are travelling at 40mph this doubles to 12m!

So, as you double your speed, you are also doubling your thinking time. Ensuring that you pay close attention to the road and other road users is essential if you want to minimise thinking time.

Ho

wever, even under optimum conditions, it still takes time to take action when you notice there is a problem, so this must factor into your stopping time calculations.

Braking distance

Braking distance

Braking distance is the amount of distance your car will cover before coming to a complete stop after you have started braking.

Although at 20mph it will only be 6m, at 40mph the braking distance becomes a whopping 24m!

Remember, in order to calculate overall stopping distance, you will need to add the braking distance and thinking distance together. So, if you are travelling at a 40mph speed, then the combined stopping distance (on average) will be 36 metres.

Obviously, the faster you are travelling, the longer it will take you to stop, so at 70mph, the overall stopping distance is a massive 96 metres. Bear in mind that the average car length is around 4.5m, so at 70mph you will be driving the equivalent length of over 21 cars before you can stop!

The two-second rule

Most driving instructors talk about the two-second rule to help estimate safe following distances.

The two-second rule involves checking that you have left a two-second gap between yourself and the car in front.

This can be worked out by choosing a landmark in the road ahead and timing how long it takes you to reach it, once the car in front has passed it.

Things that affect stopping distance

Stopping distances can be affected by many things, such as following distances, driver distraction, road condition and the condition of your car.

However, the most common issue affecting stopping distance is adverse weather. Rain, ice and snow can all have a dramatic impact on how long it takes your car to stop in the case of an emergency.

The two-second rule applies at any speed, however, should not be used if driving in adverse weather conditions.

In rainy driving conditions, for instance, you should employ the four-second rule in order to maintain a safe distance from the car in front.

When driving on icy roads, stopping distances can be unpredictable.

Therefore, driving speed should be dramatically reduced, and plenty of space should be left between vehicles.

How To Reverse Bay Park

How To Reverse Bay Park

Reverse parking in a bay is considered the safest way to park and offers greater control of your vehicle, so making sure you can do this effectively is beneficial.

Many people find it easier to just drive forward into a parking space, but this can cause problems when you come to leave as your visual space can be compromised by other cars and blind spots.

It can also be dangerous to reverse out onto oncoming traffic and you risk hitting other vehicles or a passerby.

Taking the time to reverse park into a bay properly means you can simply drive out of the space once you return to your vehicle, which makes it quick and easy as you can see all the obstacles around you.

December 2017 saw the reverse bay park remain as one of the possible manoeuvres that could be asked of you in your driving test after it was revised, so it’s important that you master it and are confident parking in this way.

Here are some simple steps to help you learn and perfect your bay parking skills:

 

Assess Your Space

 

Firstly, check the bay has sufficient space for your vehicle. If other vehicles are overhanging their bays, you may want to reconsider this space until you have more confidence.

Also, make sure you look around where you are parking.

Are there lots of stationary cars, traffic or pedestrians?

Only begin your reverse parking when the area is free of obstacles. Use your mirrors to check around you and don’t forget your blind spots. If any pedestrians or vehicles come towards you, make sure to stop your manoeuvre until they have moved on.

Parking Using Your Reference Points

 

Once you have indicated your intention to park, you need to begin your manoeuvre using unique reference points.

There are four main points you need to look at to help you work out where your car needs to be. Once you’ve indicated and approached the space, come to a stop slightly beyond your chosen parking bay. At this stage start to reverse until you line up the middle of your passenger door with the closest side marker of the bay.

This is point 1. Once you have found this, start to reverse with your steering wheel fully locked to the left.

As you begin to reverse slowly, you’ll start to see the bay appear in your left wing mirror which will be point 2. Continue on, checking your mirrors until the bay appears in your right wing mirror, point 3. At this point, you should straighten up your steering wheel to park parallel with the lines of the bay. Edge backwards, keeping an eye on all your mirrors while making sure you avoid hitting any obstacles at the rear of the parking space.

Leaving The Space

 

Once you wish to leave the space, check all your mirrors and blind spots to make sure it’s safe to proceed. Begin to move forward slowly until your car is around a third of the way out of the space before steering in the direction you wish to leave in.

Do You Struggle With Driving On Mini-Roundabouts?

Do You Struggle With Driving On Mini Roundabouts

Tips For Mastering Mini-Roundabouts

 

It’s not uncommon for learner drivers to encounter confusion over roundabouts.

The traffic can be fast-moving and at first glance appear to be coming from all directions at once. It’s important to wait until it is your right of way and pull out safely.

However, any driver will know that during peak times of the day when there are high volumes of traffic, spotting the opportunity to do this can be much easier said than done.

But mini roundabouts are a million times easier… surely?!

You’d be forgiven for thinking so, and much of the time you’ll be glad to know that they are. However, sometimes mini roundabouts cause just as much of a struggle and can leave even the most experienced and confident drivers feeling flustered and frustrated.

The trouble with mini-roundabouts is that… well, they’re smaller meaning that they can often only accommodate one vehicle at a time.

As larger roundabouts tend to have several vehicles travelling around them at once, they are often much more free-flowing. Mini-roundabouts, on the other hand, will often require you to wait longer for your right of way and lead to traffic queues.

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Speaking of right of way…

Sometimes there will be a vehicle at each entrance to the roundabout with no-one quite sure whose turn it is to enter.

Mini-roundabouts can be much less forgiving if you misjudge when it is your right of way. While the traffic will be travelling much more slowly than on a larger roundabout, there will be a shorter distance between you entering the roundabout and exiting.

This means there is much less room – if any at all – for either party to ‘get out of the way’ should an error of judgement occur.

So, what should you do?

Keep calm and simply approach the mini-roundabout as you would any other roundabout:

  • Approach slowly
  • Be prepared to give way to traffic approaching from the right
  • Follow your MSPSL rules

Tips for approaching mini-roundabouts during peak traffic times:

  • Use the ‘block off technique’ – if traffic directly to the right of you stops to give way to the traffic on their right this gives you an opportunity to enter the roundabout
  • Sometimes it may be necessary to give a clear hand signal to another driver to indicate their right of way at a busy mini roundabout. It is important to be courteous of other road users.
  • Avoid doing a U-turn at a mini-roundabout, this will be a very tight manoeuvre and will not be expected by other road users, so could cause a collision.

Roundabout: When Should I Start Indicating To Show I Am Taking An Exit?

Roundabout

Roundabouts aren’t just tricky for learner drivers, many seasoned drivers with years under their belt can find these sections of road the hardest to manage. Thankfully, there are a number of rules to keep you and your fellow drivers safe.

A roundabout keeps traffic flowing only if everyone on the roundabout keeps to these rules. Among these are rules on how to signal on a roundabout.

These signalling rules are covered in Section 186 of the Highway Code, but read on for our easy to understand guide which answers the question: when should I start indicating on a roundabout to show I am taking an exit?

 

When turning left on a roundabout, you should already be positioned in the left-hand lane as you approach. You should signal left before you enter the roundabout and keep signalling left as you go around. Only cancel the signal once you have completely exited.

Going straight over

When going straight over a roundabout, you should position your car in the left-hand lane (unless road markings tell you otherwise – sometimes they may inform you that the left-hand lane is for turning left only).

You do not need to signal before entering the roundabout (unless signalling to get into the correct lane) and should only start signalling as you pass the last exit before yours. This is to inform drivers waiting to join the roundabout that you will be continuing past them; helping to avoid a crash.

As soon as you have passed all other exits, signal left to let everyone know that you’ll be exiting at the next turn-off. Only cancel the signal once you have left the roundabout.

When Should I Start Indicating To Show I Am Taking An Exit
When Should I Start Indicating To Show I Am Taking An Exit

Turning right

When turning right on a roundabout, ensure that you are in the right-hand lane on approach, and signal right before you enter the roundabout.

Continue to signal as you enter the roundabout, but make sure to cancel the signal as you change lane to approach your exit. Signal left after you pass the last exit before yours. Cancel the signal upon departing the roundabout.

Taking an intermediate exit

Some roundabouts are very large and have many exits. If not taking the first left, going straight over or turning right, you should follow these rules.

Firstly, position your vehicle in the correct lane on approach to the roundabout.

If you are taking an exit beyond straight over, you will likely need to be in the right-hand lane and should signal right too; but, as always, use the road markings to be absolutely correct. Road markings will also let you know if you should alter your position while going around the roundabout.

As soon as your exit is next in sight, ensure you are in the left-hand lane and signal immediately. Once again, only cancel the signal after you have left fully.

We hope this guide to signalling on roundabouts helps. If you’re ever in doubt, make sure to read Section 186 of your Highway Code. While you’re there, take a look at Sections 185 to 190 for all other rules on negotiating roundabouts.