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Dash Board Lights On A Renault Megane

Dash Board Lights On A Renault Megane Its important to know what each of the lights mean on your dash board of your car. There is a standard format of symbols for all modern cars so that there is consistency. You need to learn some of them to get your show me tell me questions right in your driving-test so the diagram below should help you familiarize yourself with what they mean. You should also understand that the lights will appear when the ignition is turned on and disappear after a few seconds or when the engine is started unless they are in use such as the parking brake or dipped headlights. However some symbols are warnings and will be displayed when you need to take some form or action to resolve the problem such as low oil, fuel, or the engine management warning light. If you are interested in learning to drive then please call Simon at 4front Driving School on 07905657229 Or visit our website on

Minimum Speed Limit

Minimum Speed Limit There are times when a minimum speed is required, such as in some tunnels. These blue signs with white writing indicate that vehicles must maintain at least a minimum speed (in this case 30mph). Once a minimum speed limit has ended, then a blue sign with the limit and a red line through it will be shown. The speed limit will then become either what is signposted, or that of the prevailing type of road, for example the open road speed limit. 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

Country Roads

Country Roads As you drive along a country road you will discover that the road ahead is windy with hedgroads un unfamiliar situations. You need to become aware a plan for the unexpected. At 4front Driving School  we encourage our students to question themselves - What you can see? Do you have a clear view of the road ahead?  Country roads are often narrow too and as we progress down the windy you will come across blind bends. You need to think about what might be just out of sight. Can you cope if you need to stop suddenly? You may not be familiar with the route so those tight corners and blind bends could well come as a surprise to you, therefore look out for the obvious warning signs and disappearing bends ahead. How far a head can you see? What’s the weather like? Wet weather, the mulch from leaves and mud from farm vehicles all make a difference to tyre grip. How much traffic is there and what kind of traffic is it? Don’t let beautiful scenery and seemingly empty

Cats Eyes

Cats Eyes and Reflective Studs The reflective studs that you see on some roads otherwise known as cats eyes reflect light from your headlights lighting up the road ahead of you when driving at night. Cats eyes come in different colours to represent different parts of the road. It is important to understand what they represent.  White - lane separation or the middle of the road / carriageway. Red- The left hand side edge of the road. Yellow - Central reservation of a dual carriageway or motorway, Green studs - The edge of the main carriageway at lay-bys and slip roads Green / Yellow - temporary adjustments to roadworks. 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

One Way Streets

One Way Streets. As part of your learner driver training program with 4front Driving School we will cover areas such as one way streets and one way systems and expect you to become independent when it comes to awareness and compitentcy in one way streets too. One way streets and one-way systems  are likely be a part of the driving test route, although this depends on what types of roads exist where the test centre is located. You will also face them in everyday driving and will need to be on the look out for them in new areas that you have not driven in before. One-way streets Rules Traffic  MUST  travel in the direction indicated by signs. Buses and/or cycles may have a contraflow lane . Choose the correct lane for your exit as soon as you can. Do not change lanes suddenly, always follow the MSPSL routine when you need to change lanes. Unless road signs or markings indicate otherwise, you should use the left-hand lane when going left the right-hand lane when going right the most appr

One Way Systems

One Way Systems One-way systems can present a confusing challenge to not only learner drivers, but experienced drivers alike.  Therefore at 4front Driving School we encourage our students to familiarize themselves with the one way Systems around towns they learn in which in turn will help them to adapt their understanding of how they work with new systems they come across in the future. They can often involve multiple lanes. During a driving test, the examiner will either tell you which lane they would like you to take, or ask you to ‘follow the signs for’ – leaving it for you to decide which lane is appropriate. Look out for signs, road markings or follow the basic rule left hand lane for left and right hand lane for right. Left hand lane for straight on unless lane markings say otherwise or there are more than 2 lanes. Many driving tests are failed on one-way systems due to learner drivers using the incorrect lane, realising they are in the incorrect lane and accessing the correct la

Show me Tell Me

‘Tell me’ questions 1. Tell me how you’d check that the brakes are working before starting a journey. Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side. 2. Tell me where you’d find the information for the recommended tyre pressures for this car and how tyre pressures should be checked. Manufacturer’s guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps. 3. Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash. The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eye or top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. Note: Some restraints might not be adjustable. 4. Tell me how you’d check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condi


Types of pedestrian crossings When learning to drive a focus of a lesson can be based around pedestrian crossings. During your driving test, the examiner will be looking at how you deal with or react to pedestrian crossings. They want to make sure that you are planning ahead, showing awareness and responding to them them in the safest possible way.  Pedestrian crossings get put into two main categories – uncontrolled and traffic light controlled. For all crossings: -In queuing traffic, you should keep the crossing clear. On approach to a crossing there will be white zigzag lines on both sides of the road to highlight there is a pedestrian crossing ahead – these also prevent people parking at any time and is a place you make no attempt to overtake. You should take extra care where the view of either side of the crossing is blocked by queuing traffic or incorrectly parked vehicles. Pedestrians may be crossing between stationary vehicles. Allow pedestrians plenty of time to cross and do n


Contraflow system What is a contraflow system? In a contraflow system, the traffic permitted to use a contraflow lane travels in the opposite direction to traffic in the other lanes on the road. They can be permanent, as in the case of contraflow bus lanes, or temporary, as in the case of road works. When approaching a contraflow system, reduce your speed in plenty of time and obey all speed limits. When driving in a contraflow system, you’ll be travelling close to oncoming traffic and sometimes in narrow lanes. You may be driving in a lane with no permanent barrier between you and the oncoming traffic. You need to also be aware that the hard shoulder may be used for traffic and that the road ahead could be obstructed by slow-moving or broken-down vehicles. Contra-flow bus lanes This sign shows that there is a contra-flow bus lane. The upward arrows indicate the number of traffic lanes available. Contra-flow bus and cycle lanes This sign indicates there is a contra-flow bus and pedal c

Pulling in on the left during your test

During your Driving test you will be asked to find a safe and suitable place to pull in on the left. The examiner is looking for your Observation following the MSPSL rountine,  Not hitting the kerb, The distance that you leave between the car and the kerb (this should be half a car door width / a drain cover width. That you pull in safely,  That you don't pull in on unauthorised road markings, bus stops, junctions or driveways, That you apply the parking brake and put the car into neutral. The examiner will thank you and ask you when you are ready to pull away and follow the road ahead. At this point the examiner is looking for Your blind spot checks, Your MSPSL routine, That you pull away safely. Unfortunately if the examiner sees a fault he may ask you to pull in again. If this becomes a repeated fault then it could result in a fail. This does not mean that the examiner won't ask you to pull in on the left more than once even if you do it perfectly. They are just making sur


MSPSL DRIVING ROUTINE MSPSL routine is an abbreviation of Mirror, Signal, Position, Speed, Look. At 4front Driving School we encourage our students to use this process to become safe and competent drivers.  MSPSL is an extension of the old school familiar process MSM (Mirror, Signal, Manoeuvre). You are expected to follow this process throughout your driving test and beyond. During the process of learning to drive, the MSPSL routine will have been explained to you from day one of your driving lessons at 4front Driving School. MSPSL should be applied on approaching any junction type and applied to other driving situations such as changing lanes and overtaking as well as dealing with traffic lights, crossings and completing manoeuvres.  During a driving test, the examiner will be expecting you to demonstrate proficiency of the MSPSL routine in a safe, appropriately timed and courteous manner. Mirror You should be checking your rear view mirror and side mirrors throughout your Driving, ch

Emergency Stop

The Emergency Stop As part of your practical driving test you may be asked to complete an Emergency Stop .  This is not a manoeuvre , it is an additional task and you have a one in 3 chances of getting it in your test. At 4front Driving School we describe a situation to our students that delivers a senario. Imagine a child had stepped out in-front of your moving vehicle. You would need to react almost instantly to avoid harming the child, bringing the vehicle to an abrupt but safe stop. To represent an emergency situation the examiner will say they will raise his/her hand and call out STOP! At which point you need to react. To do this you are expected to hit the brake pedal as quickly and firmly as possible to bringing the vehicle to a stop as quickly and as safely as possible. Don't be afraid to hit the pedal hard, it is designed to deal with this kind of abuse. You are expected to apply the clutch after the brake pedal and not before to stop the engine stalling or

What Type Of Learner Am I?

What Type of Learner am I? We have put together some categories that fit the type of learner you might be which will help you and your instructor understand what resources and teaching techniques will be required to maximise your performance and progress when learning to drive. Auditory Learner If you are an Auditory learner then you will often learn better when you have the practical task or theory information explained and discussed with you. You would much rather listen to instructions rather than read up on written notes beforehand. You will probably benefit from resources such as this podcast. You will often want to speek out to reinforce your understanding and possible ideas. You like to explain the decisions you are making and tend to need to justify them. When you speak out, you are happy to question and criticise without much fear. You are the type of person who is fantastic at verbally explaining things. You may also like things repeated by the instructor to re-enforce

Our Aims & Objectives @ 4front Driving School

Our Aims & Objectives @ 4front Driving School At 4front Driving School we understand that each individual will learn in their own individual way and at their own speed. You may be someone who likes to be given time to reflect on your learning, so we provide opportunities and resources to help you achieve this such as our blog , teaching style and focus on client centred learning. We do not want you to feel pressured to move on to the next step if you do not feel ready. We want to create agreed targets with you that we set with you each lesson so that you progress at your own pace.  Every individual has their own learning style and therefore we will always try and adapt our teaching approach to suit your requirements, for example you may be someone who likes to read up on the activity before hand so that you come to your lessons prepared. Or you may be the kinesthetic type who likes to try out different methods to find the technique to suit the task that works for you. Our c

Manoeuvres in your Driving Test

Manoeuvres in your Driving Test As part of your driving test you’ll be asked to do one of 4 possible manoeuvres: A parallel park at the side of the road, A forward bay park in a bay in a public car park, A reverse bay park at the test centre car park A pull up on the right -hand side of the road, reverse for 2 car lengths and rejoin the traffic. The emergency stop is not classed as a manoeuvre but is an additional task that could take place in one in 3 tests.   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

Train To Become A Driving Instructor with 4front Driving School

Train to become a Driving Instructor with   4 front Driving School Looking for a career change? Been made redundant? Looking for work? We can help... ​ Join our franchise Already and ADI -  No ties franchise scheme What we can offer you? We can offer you training to become an approved Driving Instructor. Why is this a good choice of a career? Being an approved driving instructor (ADI) can be a very rewarding career: you’ll help people to learn an important skill for life and help teach others to be safe and confident drivers. The job will involve working with all sorts of people so you’ll need good people skills as well as: patience and understanding as an instructor, a thorough knowledge of the theory and practical driving test, an ability to teach, awareness of changes in the regulations for driving tests, as well as driving instruction and the highway code, business sense, And the great thing is you can be your own boss. At 4fr