Driving Lessons in Bradford-on-Avon
Driving in town can be daunting especially in the narrow roads around in Bradford-on-Avon: rush hour traffic, complicated junctions and traffic systems… learn the skills to deal with all these and more.
Learning to drive in the Bradford-on-Avon area is a great opportunity as there so many different types of driving conditions and varying road systems to experience that are covered in the Highway Code and the National Driving Standards. The Wiltshire Borough has a growing population every day, so the road systems are at peak hours very busy and demanding places to drive.
When you enter the Borough from either east or west and head towards the town centre you immediately encounter a sprawling suburban mix of driving conditions from roundabouts, dual carriageways, housing estates, pedestrian crossings, to T-Junctions and crossroads, where you meet a wide variety of road users.
The following suburbs and surrounding towns and suburbs such as places like Frome, Bradford-on-Avon, Beckington, Westbury and Nunney are all populated with a variety of drivers not just in their own vehicles but, tradespeople in their vans, trucks, HGV’s, buses, taxis and let’s not forget cyclists, motorbike riders and the ever present pedestrian, trying to get to work or school.
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All the above require a high level of concentration so you should be able to demonstrate the ability on how to apply a systematic approach to driving, such as Mirrors, Signal, Manoeuvre Position, Speed, Look (MSM-PSL). This is a core foundation skill that all our clients at Blue School of Motoring are taught on day one on our training courses.
MSM-PSL also requires the ability to forward plan and how to balance and combine the demands of safe driving and the principles of eco responsible driving.
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The second part of the module is a practical session, covering the different features of driving in town, such as complex junctions and public transport. You’ll concentrate on
• observation, judgement and awareness
• eye contact
• consideration for vulnerable road users
• being cautious but not over cautious, and
• keeping space around your car
A busy town centre Bradford-on-Avon during the day or evening is fraught with danger from all sides. Rarely do we get the chance to get up to the 30 m.p.h. speed limit.
Pedestrians, parked vehicles, taxi-ranks, buses, vehicles loading and unloading and road works are some of the hazards we have to contend with. By using the System of Car Control we have a systematic approach for dealing with any hazards we see-as and when they arise.
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Observation: Throughout the whole System is the taking and using of information from what we can see and of giving information so that other road users know our intentions.
Driving Lessons in Bradford-on-Avon, the most basic requirement is that we know where we want to go – obvious but true. We need to know either the place name of where we’re going or a road number. By looking at destination boards, road signs, or lane markings we can position ourselves, in good time, on the approach to side roads, junctions or roundabouts.
Before slowing down or changing position remember to always look in your mirror(s) to check for vehicles behind. Indicate to anyone, anywhere, who you consider would benefit from your signal.
Acceleration Sense: This can be defined as the ability to increase or decrease the speed of a car by use of the accelerator pedal – in response to what can be seen. This is only possible if a responsive gear has been selected for the road speed. For example, if you are in a line of moving cars, keep close observation of the cars a few places ahead and try to predict whether they are going to slow (brake lights flashing on) or turn at a side road (a change of position).
Good forward observation will give you time to decelerate early if need be and to keep a reasonable distance between you and the ‘slowing’ vehicles ahead. With good planning you should be able to smooth out the stop-start habit of many traffic streams and ensure a smoother ride for yourself, your passengers – and those behind.
Traffic Lights: If you are in 4th gear doing 30 mph. on a level road and see ‘red’ traffic lights ahead, reduce your speed by using your brakes only – no gear changes. Over the last few feet before you stop, slightly relax the pressure on the brakes.
This will raise the front of your car and enable you to glide smoothly to a stop.
If the traffic lights are ‘green’ then take 3rd gear on the approach and plan to pass through them in 3rd – for most cars a responsive gear at 30 mph 3rd gear would allow you to accelerate smoothly beyond the lights, if needed, and would provide good engine braking if the lights change to red and you have to stop. As you approach and pass through traffic lights remember to check both sides of the junction for danger.
Also try to get your gear changing done before or after the junction so that both hands are on the steering wheel as you move through.