Awareness and planning

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26 Awareness and planning

Awareness / PlanningThe laws of physics make it impossible for a car to stop dead. Similarly it is impossible for you to instantly react and apply the brakes. (See braking/thinking distances in the Highway Code). This is why you need to anticipate what might happen next and plan a course of action rather than wait until it actually happens. Although the examiner is not requiring you to do this as well as an experienced driver he or she will expect you to anticipate and act upon the more common hazards that occur.

What the examiner is looking for
The examiner is checking that you

  1. Take every opportunity to look, see and act on what's happening well ahead and around you
  2. Particularly recognise the potential hazards that vulnerable road users can present and act accordingly
  3. Use the MSM routine on approach to any potential hazards
  4. Act upon any potential hazards by adjusting speed or position or both
  5. Slow down and stop where it becomes necessary to avoid dangers.

Driving faults recorded
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Pulling up at the roadside Use of ancillary controls