How To Judge Your Road Position / Left Side Gap | Learn to drive: Basic skills

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in the UK we normally drive on the left

side of the road but there is more to it

than that

as our position within our lane is also

important driving with the correct Road

position is important safety and also

helps traffic flow freely many new

drivers find this difficult to judge and

find themselves accidentally driving off

the edge of the road so in this video we

will show how to position your car on a

few different types of road before we

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there are several reasons that it is

important to maintain the correct

position in the road firstly keeping a

metre gap to the left of our car

whenever possible should keep our car

away from most of the potholes that can

easily damage our wheels or tires this

gap gives a little clearance to any

pedestrians we pass in case they stumble

into the road it also provides a little

room for us to steer around bends

without our rear wheel rubbing the kerb

of course we can't position too far to

the right either as we would impede

traffic coming towards us we shouldn't

regard our Road position as fixed as we

will need to adjust it occasionally to

suit different Road widths and the

current traffic and weather conditions

we will also need to consider how to

position in other situations such as

when using junctions driving around

parked cars when on multi-lane roads and

also when overtaking but since we have

already covered those in other videos we

will concentrate on the basics here

with enough experience we will be able

to feel where the car is placed on the

road but to start with it is useful to

have a reference point to use

let's move the car out to a better Road

position for driving now we are

positioned about a meter from the curb

and from the drivers position we can see

the curb meets the bottom of the

windscreen just to the left of the wiper

arm like any other reference point this

will vary in other cars and for other

driving positions so take the time to

find yours if you need to once we start

driving all we have to do to maintain

this road position is gently steer to

keep the curb in this position at the

bottom of the windscreen we naturally

tend to steer towards wherever we are

looking so after checking our reference

point we try to keep looking as far

ahead up the road as possible to make it

easier to keep our road position correct

because of this we don't use the left

dual mirror to check our position whilst

driving as it would require looking

further away from the road which could

cause unintentional steering in that



we recommend holding the steering wheel

with both hands wherever possible as it

allows for more precise steering control

the power steering fitted to modern cars

means that we only need to hold the

wheel fairly gently and this will allow

us to feel any feedback from the front

wheels to understand how much grip the

tires have the wheel should always be

turned smoothly in a fluid motion so

that the car stays well balanced on the

road and in full control


we are driving on a two-lane road that

has nice wide lanes and this makes it

much easier to keep our correct road

position our normal reference point

still works nicely and we can also see

in our Ratdog mirror that there is

plenty of space between our car and the

center of the road once we have checked

our road position we look ahead as far

as possible again which helps us steer

smoothly here we are driving on another

two-lane road

it is a lot narrower although there is

still enough room for two vehicles to

pass each other to allow a safe gap to

oncoming traffic we need to move a

little nearer to the edge of the road

but we keep an eye on our reference

point to ensure we don't move over too


looking ahead again we keep scanning the

road ahead in case a large vehicle such

as a bus approaches us if this happens

we will need to reposition further to

the left of our lane to allow a safe gap

for them to pass us but to reduce the

danger of going off the road we always

reduce our speed first this narrow road

has no center markings and the width is

less than before we still position our

car about a metre from the left but this

actually takes us over the center of the

road due to this it is going to be quite

difficult to squeeze past oncoming

vehicles so we must drive more

cautiously in case we need to slow down

or completely stop when driving around

bends or over crests we have less

visibility of the road ahead

so we position more to the left than

normal in case of oncoming traffic

now we have reached the most dangerous

type of road to drive on the single

track road accident statistics suggests

that we are over 20 times more likely to

be injured in an accident when driving

here then on normal roads so we must be

very careful we can't use on normal

reference point as our Road position is

actually in the center of the road most

of the time but we are continually

looking ahead for oncoming traffic and

passing areas if we see an oncoming car

we must use the most convenient place to

pass each other and this will often mean

stopping completely or even reversing if


because of this we keep our speed much

lower than normal even if the road has a

national speed limit


so remember to find your own reference

point to use steer gently to keep the

car in position look ahead as far as

possible and adjust your road position

when needed


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