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Driving in the UK- What it takes to manoeuvre a vehicle like a professional

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Driving is a skill that most of us take for granted. After all, once we earn our driver’s license, we pretty much have free rein to go where we want, when we want – within the law, of course. But what if you suddenly found yourself behind the wheel of a car or truck in an emergency situation? Would you know what to do? 

Not all rules of the road in the United States and the United Kingdom are the same so it could be confusing for some who are visiting from the former to the latter or vice versa. For example, turning at a traffic light even if it is red is allowed in the U.S. but not in the U.K.

In this article, we will discuss a few tips on how to stay safe on the road, particularly in the U.K. We will go over some different scenarios you could find yourself in on the road and how to manoeuvre your vehicle effectively in these situations. 

steering wheel (©Edvin Johansson)
steering wheel (©Edvin Johansson)

Remain calm.

Whatever situation arises whilst you’re driving, it is important to remain calm. This may be easier said than don, but losing your cool will only make matters worse. If you’re in a situation where your vehicle is skidding, don’t panic. Take your foot off the gas and steer in the direction you want the front of the car to go. If you have anti-lock braking (ABS) brakes, apply firm pressure to the pedal and keep steering. If you don’t have ABS brakes, pump your brakes gently. 

You can put your knowledge into action with the help of a real-life driving instructor to help you get over all of your driving woes and worries. Experts at www.l-team-driving.co.uk can teach you all the manoeuvring tools you’ll ever need to know whilst driving in the U.K. Here, you can learn various reversing manoeuvres and driving tips and tricks all at the hand of an expert driving instructor with a great pass rate. 

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Don’t take unnecessary risks.

If you find yourself in a dangerous situation on the road, taking risks may exacerbate the situation. Sometimes, the best course of action is to just stay put until help arrives.

What should you do if you’re driving along and suddenly another vehicle swerves into your lane? First of all, don’t panic. Gently ease your foot off the gas and steer in the direction you want to go, which is away from the other vehicle. If you have time, honk your horn to warn the other driver. If you find yourself in a situation where you have to drive through water, take it slow. Drive in the middle of the road where the water is shallowest. Avoid puddles and standing water if possible. Never drive through rushing water even if it looks shallow enough to cross.

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Assess the situation.

Sometimes, drivers fail to properly assess situations such as space when overtaking other cars or bikes on a country road where there are lots of sharp turns and narrow bends. Similarly, being too overly confident driving on a narrow road with lots of parked cars can usually do more harm than good.

Wait until the area is completely clear before driving down a narrow one-way street. Use your mirrors at all times to assess if there’s enough space for you to move.

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Trust your instincts. 

If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Trust your gut and take whatever actions are necessary to protect yourself and your passengers.

In the U.K., slippery road due to weather is one of the leading causes of car accidents. If you feel something isn’t right such as driving in the rain despite needing to attend an event, don’t do it if it doesn’t feel safe. Listen to your gut and stay home. You don’t want to risk a hazardous accident and for the result to be fatal.

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Be prepared.

The best way to deal with a dangerous situation on the road is to be prepared for it. In the U.K., road speed limits vary depending on the road you are driving on and the type of vehicle you are driving. Make sure you know how to use your vehicle’s safety features and always keep an eye on the road.

It’s equally important to be prepared for all kinds of weather conditions you could face. Although the sensible option would be to not drive during harsh weather conditions at all, they can sometimes occur whilst you’re driving. Make sure you’re prepared to slow down and take extra precautions.

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These are just a few tips that could help you stay safe on the road in an emergency situation. Of course, the best way to avoid an emergency is to drive cautiously and be aware of your surroundings at all times. But by following these tips, you’ll be better prepared to deal with a dangerous situation on the road.

Remember, remaining calm and being aware of your surroundings is key. If you take the time to prepare yourself, you’ll be more likely to stay safe in a potentially dangerous situation.

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