For anyone with a driving test coming up shortly.
Below are pointers to what you need to be aware of for Observations

Observation

Moving Off

  • Moving off from the kerb to your right, check middle and right mirror, right shoulder blind spot, signal if safe and move off while looking the direction you are going.
  • Moving off to the left at T Junction, check middle and left mirror, left shoulder blind spot and move off while looking the direction you are going.

Overtaking

  • Check middle and right mirror, signal right, glance over your right shoulder (90 degrees) out the driver side window (do not look behind you) and pull out.
  • Ensure you can see vehicle you’ve overtaken in middle mirror before moving back in.

Changing Lanes

  • Check middle and right mirror, signal right, glance over your right shoulder (90 degrees) out the driver side window (do not look behind you) and pull out.
  • Moving into left lane check middle and left mirror, left shoulder glance and move to left lane if safe.

Cross Roads

  • Scan ahead on approach for any potential hazards.
  • Check appropriate mirrors on approach.
  • If stopped at a closed junction where your view is restricted, creep your vehicle forward under control while leaning forward and scanning to the left, to the right and in front.
  • Make sure you can see clearly both sides before moving off.
  • While moving, make sure to be looking the direction your car is going.
  • Once you are on the new road scan ahead and have a quick glance in your middle mirror and right mirror to get familiar with what is behind you.

Roundabouts

  • Check appropriate mirrors on approach.
  • Scan ahead and split your vision on approach for any potential hazards.
  • Do not focus only on what is in front of you in your lane of traffic. You also need to get an idea of what’s happening with any traffic approaching from your right hand side at the roundabout so make sure to check early.
  • Once you see the gap, be prepared to take as long as the traffic in front of you is clear.
  • Check middle and left mirror and left shoulder glance exiting roundabout.

Turning Right

  • Middle and Right mirror on approach.
  • Scan ahead on the road to see if there is any traffic approaching from the opposite direction.
  • Very important to ensure you look into the new road you’re turning into for any hazards.
  • Once you’ve turned scan ahead and quick check in your middle and right mirror to see what’s behind you.

Turning Left

  • Middle and Left mirror on approach.
  • Scan ahead and ensure you look into the new road you’re turning into for any hazards.
  • Once you’ve turned scan ahead and quick check in your middle and right mirror to see what’s behind you.

Best of luck,

Padraic