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Parallel parking method

Category -> manoeuvres

This is exactly how I park. I usually park on the left but the method is the same. Works very well.

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Posted by Neil - 10 months ago

How to overtake cyclists

Category -> practical advice

This is a useful video featuring Cyclist Chris Boardman and Driving Instructor Blaine Walsh.

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Posted by Neil - 10 months ago

Bus lanes

Category -> navigation

You should use bus lanes when they're available. Typically you can use the bus lanes outside peak hours. One of the advantages is that faster traffic can pass you on your offside (your right). It also keeps you further away from oncoming traffic.

You could fail your driving test if you choose to not use a bus lane when you could have. This could happen if you are asked to turn left and are not positioned to the left on approach to the turn (that is, if you cut across a bus lane you could otherwise have positioned in).

Also, if you choose not to use a bus lane and traffic begins to pass you on your nearside (your left) this could be marked as serious, as you should have allowed other traffic to pass you on your offside (your right).

Basically, drive on the left - unless you are overtaking or turning right.

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Posted by Neil - 10 months ago

Driving in the rain

Category -> practical advice

The highway code states: “Allow at least a two-second gap between you and the vehicle in front on roads carrying faster-moving traffic and in tunnels where visibility is reduced. The gap should be at least doubled on wet roads and increased still further on icy roads.”

To judge whether you are a safe distance behind the vehicle in front select a fixed point (a lamp post, say) and when the car in front passes that fixed point begin to count (starting from 0). If you reach the fixed point before you can count to two (or four on a wet road) then you are too close and should pull back.

If someone is driving too close behind you (known as tailgating) consider creating a bigger gap between yourself and the vehicle in front. Then, if the vehicle in front of you brakes hard, you won't have to, and the vehicle behind is less likely to bump you.

Alternatively, find somewhere safe to pull over and let the vehicle behind pass.

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Posted by Neil - 10 months ago

Lewisham speed limits and red routes

Category -> navigation

The speed limit across the London Borough of Lewisham is now 20mph. However, if you are travelling on a 'red route' the speed limit will probably be 30 mph or more.

Red routes are controlled by Transport for London, and are therefore not subject to Lewisham council restrictions.

Roads in the area which are 'red routes' include

  • Lee High Road, Eltham Road, Sidcup Road (A20)
  • South Circular Road (A205)
  • Lewisham High Street, and Bromley Road (A21)
  • Kidbrooke Park Road
  • There are some red routes which have 20mph limits. For example, New Cross Road. If you are taking a driving test at Hither Green test centre you will not go as far as New Cross.

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Posted by Neil - 11 months ago

Crittals Corner, Sidcup

Category -> roundabouts

This is a great website for road-nerds (like myself). www.sabre-roads.org.uk.

Anyone taking their driving test at Sidcup test centre should get to know Crittals Corner quite well, as the lines you need to take through the junction require some forethought.

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Posted by Neil - 11 months ago