Entry and exit of the A1 on Driving Lessons in Grantham
Driving on and off the A1 when on your driving lessons in Grantham is important as it introduces the faster speeds. This blog has 3 key tips for you to practise.
1. Seperations gaps At the higher speeds of 50 mph + it is important to remember to keep 2 seconds away from the vehicle in front (look here how that changes when raining). Likewise, the nearest vehicle behind should also be 2 seconds away, if any closer, say 1 second, then increase your gap from the vehicle in front to 3 seconds. This is accommodating poor driving from behind and is a #gooddrivinghabit.
2. Keep up with traffic It is a little known fact that you can fail a driving test in Grantham for driving too slowly on the A1 dual carriageway. Coming on to the A1 and not keeping up with traffic already on it means that those vehicles behind then have to overtake you. This is especially hazardous for large vehicles to do. In the majority of driving conditions it is quite unnecessary to be driving at anything less than 55mph, and it is also inconsiderate to other road users. Look at the potential hazards here to help assess the correct speed.
3. Spot entry/exit slip roads The sooner you spot them, the sooner you can plan for them. This is a big subject and getting this wrong at higher speeds can be dangerous. Pay attention to the length of the slip road, the shorter it is, the less time you have to be either decelerating (exit) or accelerating (entry). Check out this exit slip road here for “Barrowby” of an example of a rather short slip road with a pretty sharp left bend at the end of it. Appreciating that fact early on will help prevent you exiting the dual carriageway at too high a speed.
We start driving on the A1 dual carriageway in Grantham on Day 4 of the Intensive Driving Course in Grantham – you will get plenty of practise applying the above 3 tips. Hope it helps!
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