Visual tricks

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.

Pedestrian crossings

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.
Watch this video for more information

Youtube channels

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.

Just one of many useful videos to be found on YouTube