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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. Scroll down the article a bit and try the blind spot test.

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.

Vehicle lights

Watch this video if you’re unsure about all the different lights on modern cars:

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

Best used cars for learners

This What Car article lists their top ten used cars for when you take to the road on your own:
10 – Ford Ka +
9 – Vauxhall Corsa
8 – Seat Ibiza
7 – Hyundai i10
6 – Seat Mii
5 – Skoda Citygo
4 – Volkswagon Up
3 – Nissan Micra
2 – Volkswagon Polo
1 – Skoda Fabia