Lockdown seems to be going on forever. Still, messing around with Powerpoint occupied me for a few hours yesterday. I like the look of infographics and made this one about gears. Let me know if I’ve made any glaring errors or typos!
Sometimes you stumble upon pure gold on YouTube. Ogmios has posted a few videos of his drives around London and this is his latest. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face!
Basingstoke is the land of the roundabout. You might not get much experience of crossroads until you venture further afield after your test. Take a look at Tom’s video to find out why you need to be careful.
The Winchester Road roundabout in Basingstoke is a bit tricky to the uninitiated. Lots of lanes and options squeezed into a relatively small space. Think Driving School made an excellent video showing you all the options and pitfalls – thanks go to them!
You know how us driving instructors are always going on about looking carefully when pulling out of a junction, or when approaching a roundabout? Did you know that your eyes (and your brain) can be easily fooled?
This Wikipedia article explains how your eye can easily miss some important information. It has an interesting blind spot test – you should try it!
The image below has pairs of dots in each corner – unless you look at the centre of the image, in which case there is only one dot at the corners.
It’s all too easy to take a quick glance at a junction, and go, when a more thorough scan of the road might save you a lot of hassle!
Check out some more illusions here.
Someone was asking me the other day which lights they should use, as it was a bit drizzly and gloomy. Modern cars do seem to have a lot of options. This video covers all the important points:
There are several types of pedestrian crossing in the UK:
- Zebra: black and white lines on the road
- Pelican: PEdestrian LIght CONtrolled (this one has a flashing amber light after you’ve waited at the red light)
- Puffin: PEdestrian User Friendly INtelligent
- Toucan: TWO CAN cross (cyclists and pedestrians)
- Equestrian or Pegasus: for horse riders in the form of a pelican crossing or puffin crossing but with higher buttons.
Only in the UK could we make something this simple so complicated! Take a look at this video if you’re still confused:
These days there are a lot of driving instructors making videos. Here are some channels I’ve watched that are really helpful. Please let me know if you have a YouTube favourite and I will include it here.
I’ve never driven around this, but would like to have a go!