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Tim HillerbyMorgan
September 14, 2009

Tim HillerbyMorgan

Driving can seem to be a difficult art to master. Simple right turn has twenty steps. This routine breaks driving up into little segments. I teach it to all my student drivers.

Use this routine. It will make your life on the road easier

The human mind is a very powerful instrument. It is formed from countless synaptic gaps. Each of these connections is part of a neural pathway. Every time your mind thinks it uses up one or more of these pathways.

Your non-conscious mind can hanndle vast numbers of thought processes. Pity that your conscious mind can't. You can only process seven conscious thought actions at any one time. There are more than 20 thought processes involved in making a turn.

This is why drivers use a driving routine. The core driving routine breask every hazard into bite size chunks.

Imagine that you are on a drive and we are coming up to a junction. I would like you to turn right. Tell me how you are going to turn right?

Here is how. - The Driving Routine.

See the junction:
You cant start the routine for turning right until you can see the junction. It could be signed; it could be a gap in a fence or houses. It could be a gap in the kerb.

Assess the junction:
Think about traffic and vision. How much can I see and how busy is it? Can you see into the new road? This is an open junction. A junction with little chance to see into the new road is a closed junction.

Check to see what is behind you and to the right. You are looking to see if there is anything there. Do not look for any particular object - you will miss everything else. How far away is the object? How fast is it moving.

You should signal at every junction. In this example you would give a right signal. The rest of the time it depends if there is anyone there to singal to.

In this case slightly to the right. Take a safe postion for that hazard.

You must take the junction at a safe speed for that junction. Make sure you can stop if......

Look into the new road and see what is there.

The core driving routine can be applied to every problem on the road. You always start with see and assess. Next check the mirrors. You always finish with looking. Signal postion and speed are used as needed. It may not be neccessary to signal.

The Drivers Ed Company is working to reduce the number of road traffic accidents in America and the UK. Its chief instructor Tim wrote 'The Student Driver Manual'. The manual is available at http://www.driversedcompany.com/studentdriver . Tim is a UK government approved driving instructor. He has driven in the police and in the customs service. Tim specializes in student, advanced and American drivers.

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