Safe Driving! Gillian
GDL Drivers pupils often complained about the poor quality of roadmarkings around the town. It was indeed sometimes very difficult to see at some junctions if they were a STOP or a YIELD. Failing to stop before and long enough at a STOP line or sign can cost you a GRADE 3 fault on your driving test - a Fail! Thankfully, Wexford County Council workers have been busy recently repainting worn and faded roadmarkings all around the town. Above left is the junction between Grogan's Rd and Carrigeen St and above right, the junction between Grogan's Rd and Roche's Rd. So, this makes life easier for me as a driving instructor and for pupils preparing for and taking their test.
Safe Driving! Gillian
Autumn is upon us in Wexford and we must adapt our driving habits to cope with the associated hazards. Learner Drivers need to actively anticipate these hazards in order to react in time.
Firstly, the hours of daylight are less, darker mornings and evenings so remember to switch on headlights - dipped or full depending on circumstances.
Secondly, schools are back in full swing so allow extra time for journeys, avoid areas around schools is possible, watch for pupils waiting for and alighting from cars and buses.
Thirdly, the leaves on the trees are turning lovely yellow, red and brown colour - however, when fallen on roads especially when wet, they are slippery and can lengthen stopping distances.
Finally, weather can be changeable varying from low morning and evening sun which can be blinding, to foggy, damp conditions to the first frosts of winter.
GDL Drivers helps Learner Drivers be aware of the four seasons and teaches them to deal with the possible dangers of each. Safe Driving!
A pupil failed his driving test a few weeks ago for failing to stop long enough at a STOP sign.
He felt he had stopped and looked enough to see the road was clear. However, he had treated the junction more like a YIELD and the markings and signage clearly said STOP.
A STOP requires the driver to bring the car to a complete stop for at least 3 seconds. Remember, the STOP has been put thereinstead of a YIELD for a reason - perhaps limited visibility to either right, left or both, or coming from a minor road onto a busier and faster main road. How do you count 3 seconds? Best way - put on the parking brake, look right and left and then move off if safe - this will take a minimum of 3 seconds.
Also, the parking brake prevents the car going out onto the road in the case of the driver losing concentration and bringing the foot off the clutch, or, another vehicle shunting the car from behind. The driver is also free to take the foot off the footbrake and onto the gas, getting the biting point ready to move off.