20 Making progress

Making ProgressDriving well below the speed limit can be as dangerous as driving above it. Particularly if this causes frustration amongst other road users who may feel the need to overtake you when it is unsafe to do so.

Similarly being hesitant at junctions or when approaching hazards or when other road users are clearly giving way can result in dangers as you unexpectedly stop or unnecessarily slow down.

What your examiner is looking for

The examiner is expecting you to

  1. Drive up to the speed limit if road, weather and traffic conditions permit or at a realistic speed if not
  2. Approach hazards at a safe controlled speed without being over cautious or interfering with the progress of other traffic
  3. Emerge from junctions without stopping at give way lines if it is safe to do so or emerge at the first safe opportunity to proceed.

Driving faults recorded
20 Progress

Appropriate speed:

  • Crawls along at slow speeds on clear roads.
  • Makes no attempt to achieve maximum speeds for the road when safe to do so.
  • Reduces speed excessively when the conditions do not merit doing so.
  • Makes slow progress through the gears in normal driving.

Undue hesitancy:

  • Makes unnecessary stops at junctions and other hazards.
  • Waits unnecessarily when it is safe to proceed at junctions.
  • Waits for green light at pedestrian crossings when clear on flashing amber.
  • Waits for other drivers, who are clearly giving way.
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