A recent survey showed that over 27% of motorists are afraid of taking their cars abroad – as they are afraid of driving on the right-hand side of the road.
With two thirds of countries driving on the right, this can be a real challenge for us left-hand driving drivers in England.
Countries that also drive on the left include…
any of the ideas of driving on the left do not apply when driving on the right – including driving clockwise around roundabouts. When driving on the right, you drive anti-clockwise.
- All traffic is generally required to keep right unless overtaking.
- Oncoming traffic is seen coming from the left.
- Left-turning traffic must cross oncoming traffic.
- Most traffic signs facing motorists are on the right side of the road.
- Traffic on roundabouts (traffic circles or rotaries) goes counterclockwise.
- Pedestrians crossing a two-way road look first for traffic from their left.
- The lane designated for normal driving and turning right is on the right.
- Most dual carriageway (divided highway) exits are on the right
- Other vehicles are generally overtaken (passed) on the left, though in some circumstances overtaking on the right is permitted.
- Most vehicles have the driving seat on the left.
- All traffic is generally required to keep left unless overtaking.
- Oncoming traffic is seen coming from the right.
- Right-turning traffic must cross oncoming traffic.
- Most traffic signs facing motorists are on the left side of the road.
- Traffic on roundabouts (traffic circles or rotaries) goes clockwise.
- Pedestrians crossing a two-way road look first for traffic from their right.
- The lane designated for normal driving and turning left is on the left.
- Most dual carriageways (divided highway) exits are on the left.
- Other vehicles are overtaken (passed) on the right, though in some circumstances overtaking on the left is permitted.
- Most vehicles have the driving seat on the right.
- A left turn at a red light may be allowed after stopping
What do you find difficult? We experience in teaching a number of students who have learnt to drive on the other side of the road and now wish to learn to drive here in England. We’d love to hear from you.
Samy School of Motoring teaches the DSA Taxi Driving Test.
WELL DONE TO SEB FROM FURNACE GREEN FOR PASSING HIS TAXI DRIVING TEST THIS WEEK!
As you may know, I have for many years been teaching the DSA Taxi Driving Test.
To become a Taxi driver in Crawley, you need to do the following:
- Pass your driving test
- Wait one year to gain driving experience
- Register with Crawley Borough Council for the Taxi Knowledge Test
- Take the practical test which is the Taxi Assessment Driving Test
Click here for more information about the requirements with Crawley Borough Council
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Ready to drive
Some quick tips to make you prepared for your Driving Test from the Driving Standards Agency
Be organised on the day, to make sure you are as confident as a Driver, not just a Learner Driver.
Congratulations to my two students Aisha and Ismail from Crawley for passing their tests.
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There are four ‘set manoeuvres’ in the UK driving test syllabus – you will only be asked to complete one of them during the test but will not know which one until you are in the car with the examiner. The manoeuvres are:
- Parallel parking
- Bay parking – reversing into
- Pulling over on the right-hand side & Reversing for two car lengths
- Bay parking – driving into
In addition to one of these manoeuvres, on some tests the examiner also asks for an ’emergency stop’ (approx 1 in 3 tests).
The reason for being patient and not trying the manoeuvres too soon is that when you have mastered the skills of controlling the car and making decisions based on the actions of other drivers, the manoeuvres will be easy and you will learn them quicker. If you start your manoeuvres too soon you will waste lesson time and money and also risk becoming disheartened if you find yourself struggling.
A logical order for initial manoeuvres:
- Emergency stop as soon as you have mastered basic control skills
- Angle starts
- Straight reversing
- Reversing right and left
- Finally, turning around and parallel parking and dealing with car parks should be left until late on in your course when you have developed a wide range of skills and are gaining confidence.