How To Judge Your Road Position | Learning to drive: Car Control skills



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 get started please subscribe to our channel and click the bell so you can watch our next video as soon as it's released if you have any questions about this video then please comment below and we will reply as soon as we can 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 direction 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 far 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 needed 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 if you found this video interesting and would like to be notified when we release the next one then please click our logo to subscribe to our channel if you would like to help us make new videos then please click the patreon logo to find out about our crowdfunding campaign thanks for watching

20 thoughts on “How To Judge Your Road Position | Learning to drive: Car Control skills”

  1. Thanks for watching – if you found this video interesting then please subscribe to our channel and click the bell to be notified of our next video! This video includes;
    * 0:06 Introduction
    * 1:01 Why road position is important
    * 2:20 How to judge our road position
    * 3:40 Steering technique
    * 4:17 Wide 2-lane roads
    * 4:47 Narrow 2-lane roads
    * 5:31 Narrow road without road markings
    * 6:11 Single track road
    * 7:05 Summary

  2. For starters the learner car following is way too close. Also that is nowhere near a meter gap from the side of the road, if you left a meter gap you'd be halfway out near the middle of the road. This must be too advanced me me to understand.

  3. If you compare roads in London and certain countryside areas I find the roads in countryside areas are much wider in general.

  4. I find keeping the car straight so darn difficult…. I know I only had 2 lessons so far…. but it looks so easy when others do it.
    I need to see more videos when I can see the road ahead and the steering wheel at the same time.

  5. I wham to ask if you caver Ipswich or if there is some good school to recommend? And so many thanks for your videos they make drive class more easily.

  6. This is amazing thanks so much l had a lot of pressure with my teacher on how to keep the car on the right position

  7. Guys dont whatch to much video of driving because i was whatching for two yers and i failed my test 4 Times and once i stopped whatching this and i didnt Focus on my test i Just smoked weed i was So relaxed on my test and i passed hahhaha

  8. @1.12 Does the two second rule not apply?
    Also on one side of a 3 lane duel carraigeway I'm doing 50mph in lane 1 and lane 3 slows down to 40mph is it legal for me to keep to my speed and pass those in 3?

  9. 5th 1&1/2hr lesson with my new instructor. Mature adult learner too not just a teen! I am still in the industrial estate since I am struggling with the very basics including correct road positioning! I am trying so hard to get it right but I'm losing control! What's the best way to determine perfect positioning every time?! As I said I'm not even on roads yet so these basics need to be perfected today!

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