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Park Road Roundabout Loughborough

Learning how the roundabouts near you work is important. What lane to be in to go where you need to go, which roundabouts have clear directional markings, which roundabouts are spiral roundabouts, which roundabouts are traffic light controlled, which aren't, which roundabouts that have crossings or lights on approach or at the exit. Park Road Roundabout Loughborough Tip - in heavy traffic keep your vehicle out of the keep clear markings so that you don't block the roundabout junctions. Traffic can build up on this roundabout when the traffic lights on the crossings near some of the exits of the roundabout cause traffic to stop. Be cautious entering the roundabout when traffic is stationary even if the keep clear markings are clear as it can become difficult to see to the right of the stationary traffic in some situations. Don't be put under pressure from vehicles behind you. Make sure your decision to go is a safe one.

Clutch Control

LEARNING CLUTCH CONTROL Clutch control is important to avoid stalling, being able to pull away smoothly, control the speed of the pull away and to be able to pull away efficiently on a hill. Manoeuvres also require a high level of clutch control by keeping the car at an incredibly slow steady speed so that you are in control.  To work the clutch - Depress the clutch fully and select first gear. Provide the engine with a little extra power if necessary by very gently pressing the accelerator so that the rev counter reads around 1500 rpm. Ensure before your car moves that it is safe to do so and now very slowly, raise the clutch. When the clutch plates just start to meet, this is called the biting point. You will know it’s the at the bite point when the car will slowly start to move. The bite point will always be in the same place for that particular car. The key here is with plenty of practice is to remember where the bite point is. You may wish to practice finding the bite with the h

Speed Limits

National speed limits Type of vehicle Built-up areas mph (km/h) Single carriageways mph (km/h) Dual carriageways mph (km/h) Motorways mph (km/h) Cars, motorcycles, car-derived vans and dual-purpose vehicles 30 (48) 60 (96) 70 (112) 70 (112) Cars, motorcycles, car-derived vans and dual-purpose vehicles when towing caravans or trailers 30 (48) 50 (80) 60 (96) 60 (96) Motorhomes or motor caravans (not more than 3.05 tonnes maximum unladen weight) 30 (48) 60 (96) 70 (112) 70 (112) Motorhomes or motor caravans (more than 3.05 tonnes maximum unladen weight) 30 (48) 50 (80) 60 (96) 70 (112) Buses, coaches and minibuses (not more than 12 metres overall length) 30 (48) 50 (80) 60 (96) 70 (112) Buses, coaches and minibuses (more than 12 metres overall length) 30 (48) 50 (80) 60 (96) 60 (96) Goods vehicles (not more than 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight) 30 (48) 50 (80) 60 (96) 70 (112) 60 (96) if articulated or towing a trailer Goods vehicles (more than 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight) in England

Moving Off Safely and Smoothly

Moving off is safely, smoothly and with confidence is a key element to remember, get right and perfect. Try not to get your clutch control confused with the technique used when changing gear.  It will get easier and stay put in your mind like riding a bike. Get The Car Ready To Go It’s very important that before you complete your all round observations and signal to pull away that you’re car is actually ready to go. If you don't get the car into first gear and remove the handbrake / Parking brake (keeping your right foot on the brake) then the car is not ready to go and will cause delay and the situation will inevitably change and may no longer be safe to pull out. Your preparation process: Put the key in the ignition and turn until you hear the engine start Push down on the clutch and put the car in first gear Raise the clutch to the point that the car growls, then push down a bit - about the thickness of a pound coin Take off your handbrake but use the foot brake if you don’t fe

Climbing and crawler lanes

Climbing and crawler lanes are provided on some hills. Use this lane if you are driving a slow-moving vehicle or if there are vehicles behind you wishing to overtake. Be aware of the signs and road markings which indicate the lane is about to end. If you are interested in learning to drive then please call Simon at 4front Driving School on 07905657229 Or visit our website on You can email Or visit our Facebook Page at

Single carriageway

Where a single carriageway has three lanes and the road markings or signs do not give priority to traffic in either direction use the middle lane only for overtaking or turning right. Remember, you have no more right to use the middle lane than a driver coming from the opposite directiondo not use the right-hand lane. Where a single carriageway has four or more lanes, use only the lanes that signs or markings indicate. If you are interested in learning to drive then please call Simon at 4front Driving School on 07905657229 Or visit our website on You can email Or visit our Facebook Page at

Dual Carriageways

Lane discipline If you need to change lane, first use your mirrors and if necessary take a quick sideways glance to make sure you will not force another road user to change course or speed. When it is safe to do so, signal to indicate your intentions to other road users and when clear, move over. You should follow the signs and road markings and get into the lane as directed. In congested road conditions do not change lanes unnecessarily. Merging in turn is recommended but only if safe and appropriate when vehicles are travelling at a very low speed, e.g. when approaching road works or a road traffic incident. It is not recommended at high speed. Dual carriageways A dual carriageway is a road which has a central reservation to separate the carriageways. On a two-lane dual carriageway you should stay in the left-hand lane. Use the right-hand lane for overtaking or turning right. After overtaking, move back to the left-hand lane when it is safe to do so. On a three-lane dual carriageway,

Road Signs

Here are the official road signs taken from the 2020 Highway Code If you are interested in learning to drive then please call Simon at 4front Driving School on 07905657229 Or visit our website on You can email Or visit our Facebook Page at

DVSA 2020 Driving Test Guide If you are interested in learning to drive then please call Simon at 4front Driving School on 07905657229 Or visit our website on You can email Or visit our Facebook Page at

Emerging From A Junction

Emerging at Junctions How to emerge from a junction safely Different road junctions If you are approaching a give way junction you will use the M S P S L routine on approach. A  give way  junction A junction with  STOP lines and STOP signs An  unmarked junction , where 2 or more roads meet and there are  no  road markings An  open junction . If the junction is open on approach, then you have good visibility into the new road. A  closed junction . Your visibility on approach is very restricted. Even at the give way or stop lines, it will still be difficult to see. Your instructor will explain this in detail to you. Approaching a give way junction to turn left Mirrors Check your centre mirror then your left mirror. Signal Signal left in good time and ensure that the signal is not misleading. Position Keep your normal position on approach to the junction (about 1 metre from the kerb). As the kerb starts to bend to the left, steer gently left. Once at the junction you should be about 50cm

Turning into new Roads

Turning into new Roads How to turn left and right safely using the M S P S L routine. Approaching a junction to turn left Mirrors Check your centre mirror then your left mirror. Signal Signal (Down) left to tell others around you what you plan to do and ensure that the signal is not misleading, so correct it if needed. Position Keep your normal position, central in your lane between the curb and centre of the road. You don't need to start turning until your mirrors are in line with the curb as it starts disapearing to the left.  Speed Reduce your speed to about 10mph and change to 2nd gear, if the road is very narrow then adjust your speed to the road, in this situation you may need first. Cover your pedals (the brake and bring the clutch up once you have changed down a gear)  Look Look into the new road as soon as possible; over gardens, through trees, over parked cars and you can even use reflections in windows! Any way of seeing hazards early in the new road will help you plan a

How can Thought Field Therapy benefit you in overcoming the nerves associated with your Driving Test?

How can Thoughtfield Therapy benefit you in overcoming the nerves associated with your Driving Test? Thoughtfield Therapy focuses on the body's pressure points — to restore the balance of your body’s energy. It’s believed that restoring this energy balance can relieve symptoms of anxiety - for example - in preparation for your driving test. From my own experience in using this technique I can safely say it worked for me. I was in a job that I didn't enjoy and the pressure and targets that were put on me tugged on my anxiety strings. Since using the technique to deal with those situations I have been able to implement them in future situations and manage anxiety to the T. In order for this technique to be effective, I was trained to first identify the issue that was causing fear or worry. A good example that you may associate with is the fear of not passing your driving  test or making a mistake and being judged.  This will be your focal point while you’re tapping. It is importa

Pass Plus Explained

Pass Plus is a practical training course that 4front Driving School offer to those who have recently passed their test. You don't have to have taken your test with 4front Driving School to do the course. It takes at least 6 hours and is for drivers to improve their skills and drive more safely. It can be taken at any time although it should be most useful to new drivers in the year after passing their test. You’ll need a Pass Plus registered approved driving instructor ( ADI ) which 4front Driving School can provide you with to teach you. You can book your Pass Plus course direct with 4front Driving School. The fee for the course is £150 How Pass Plus training works Pass Plus training takes at least 6 hours. It has 6 modules, covering driving: in town in all weathers on rural roads at night on dual carriageways on motorways All modules should be practical sessions, although local conditions may mean some are theory based. You’ll normally spend at least 5.5 hours driving. You will n

Understanding Driving Test Faults and Your Result

Taken from the Gov website Driving test faults and your result There are 3 types of faults you can make: a dangerous fault - this involves actual danger to you, the examiner, the public or property a serious fault - something potentially dangerous a driving fault - this is not potentially dangerous, but if you keep making the same fault, it could become a serious fault Pass mark You’ll pass your driving test if you make: no more than 15 driving faults (sometimes called ‘minors’) no serious or dangerous faults (sometimes called ‘majors’) If you pass your test The examiner will: tell you what faults you made, if any give you a pass certificate ask you if you want your full licence to be sent to you automatically - give the examiner your provisional licence if you want to do this Apply for your full driving licence  within 2 years of passing your test if you do not want to get your licence automatically. When you can start driving You can start driving straight away when you’ve passed you

Driving In Fog

The RAC say 'Fog lights need to be used at the right times to combat reduced visibility, otherwise you could be a danger to yourself and other drivers. Using them at the right time should aid safe driving but using them at the wrong time could mean you are breaking the law and endangering other drivers. To help motorists stay as safe as possible we have put together a guide of useful information on how to drive in fog and when to use your fog lights.' You should familiarize yourself with the foglight controls and learn how to turn them on and off correctly. You will need your dipped headlights on before you can turn on your front or rear fog lights. Not all cars have front fog lights,  it depends on the make, model and specifications of the car. The rear fog light is more important as its important for other drivers to see you. This concept follows suit if other drivers turn theirs on correctly too and therefore you can see them more easily. Extract Taken From 'The Highway