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Topic 2 - Attitude

This multiple choice section will teach the pupil how to react in given scenarios on the road

What is attitude on the road?

The second topic from the theory test is Attitude. As you can probably guess, this topic relates to a driver’s attitude towards other road users, the rules of the road and their own driving in general. It also covers how drivers should react to things that occur on the road. It’s important that all drivers display a measure of patience, control and awareness when taking to the road, avoiding reckless and careless behaviour that can endanger themselves and other road users.

Attitude rules:

Remember P.C.P.C - Positioning, Consideration, Priority and Courtesy

Key terms

Here are the key terms you will need to know in order to pass the multiple-choice section: Attitude

Tailgating

Tailgating is when a driver drives behind another vehicle while not leaving sufficient distance to stop without causing a collision if the vehicle in front stops suddenly. Is tailgating illegal? Yes, tailgating is a careless driving offence, and you could land yourself a fine of up to £200 or points on your license if you’re caught by the police.

Unmarked Junctions

The Highway Code reminds us that nobody has priority at unmarked crossroads (rule 146). That means that you don’t have any formal right to emerge onto the junction before other vehicles. Neither do they have the right to go ahead of you

Filler Cap

A loose filler cap on a diesel fuel tank can cause the road to become slippery for other road users. This is particularly dangerous in wet conditions, although a huge amount of traction is also lost in drier conditions.

One-way street

You can park/overtake on either side of this road type. When wanting to turn right you should position your car in the right-hand lane. f you do enter a one-way street incorrectly you should not reverse back out again. “Drivers in this situation should pull up on the side of the road as early as possible and put the hazard lights on, wait for a gap in the traffic so you can turn your vehicle around, and then drive out of the road safely.

2 second rule

You can park/overtake on either side of this road type. When wanting to turn right you should position your car in the right-hand lane. f you do enter a one-way street incorrectly you should not reverse back out again. “Drivers in this situation should pull up on the side of the road as early as possible and put the hazard lights on, wait for a gap in the traffic so you can turn your vehicle around, and then drive out of the road safely.

Flashing Headlights

Only flash your headlights to let other road users know that you are there. Do not flash your headlights to convey any other message or intimidate other road users”. This is because flashing others, whether pedestrians or motorists, can send mixed signals, thus posing risks for everyone involved.

Trams

Trams are eco-friendly electric-powered modes of public transport. Their rails pose the most risk to cyclists and mean they cannot steer to avoid obstacles. Their signs are diamond-shaped.

Horses

 If you see horses slow down and allow plenty of room. If you happens to see a horse at a roundabout you should never assume which direction they will go. This rule also applies to cyclists.