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Be a Confident Driver
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Teach Yourself - the world's leading learning brand - is relaunched in 2010 as a multi-platform experience that will keep you motivated to achieve your goals. Let our expert author guide you through this brand new edition, with personal insights, tips, energising self-tests and summaries throughout the book. Go online at www.teachyourself.com for tests, extension articles and a vibrant community of like-minded learners. And if you don't have much time, don't worry - every book gives you 1, 5 and 10-minute bites of learning to get you started.With over 95% of accidents caused by preventable human error, insurance costs increasing yearly by 20% and few drivers willing to spare the time or money for an advanced driving course, Better Driving is an essential book that will be suitable for almost every motorist, whether newly qualified or with many years' experience. It it not only targeted at those who want to learn advanced techniques, but all those who lack confidence either overall or in specific areas. It covers not only the basic advanced driving techniques, but also introduces mental strategies such as observation and cynicism. It will cover such practical scenarios as bad weather driving and breakdowns, and provide advice for every driving environment, from rural roads and motorways to urban roads and driving abroad. With plenty of supporting resource material, including further reading and useful diagrams, it will be an ideal companion for motorists old and new.
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01 what makes a better driver? the right stuff consideration observation eyesight mirrors how far away? blind spots concentration drink, drugs and illness 02 know your car why we need gears control manual gearboxes automatic gearboxes using automatics driven wheels what's the diff? steering electronic driving aids security devices 03 getting comfortable how things adjust when to adjust odd sizes safety gear belt up hugged to death UK child seat laws loads 04 planning a journey dangers of autopilot direction signs paper planning electronic route planning satellite navigation traffic information 05 setting out and urban driving regular checks starting fuel look around you signal, manoeuvre eye contact and courtesy cut and thrust his fault? find calm and escape speed steering schools keep back safety from elephants and fools 77 helping the car turn off pollution junctions room to turn when to signal right turns roundabouts open wide long and slow traffic lights green for danger pedestrian crossings night driving parking narrow gaps personal security modern highwaymen emergency vehicles 06 dual-carriageways and motorways using sliproads speed keep your distance hazards on the move looking ahead lane discipline changing lanes large vehicles overtaking on the left roadworks night driving leaving motorways service areas long-distance driving 07 rural roads speed vacant vacationers observation overtaking animals bends junctions single track roads loose surfaced roads loose chippings hills night driving 08 vulnerable road users fire and water pedestrians retire gracefully disabilities two-wheelers horse-riders farm animals 09 bad weather before you go defrosting lights 161 foglamp abuse vision fog high risk fog snow false security show chains and studs pulling away ice fooling electronics black ice rain the great unwashed deep wading wind heat 10 skidding terms explained skid pans causes round the bend the psychology of avoidance correcting a skid doing nothing 11 breakdowns and accidents essential equipment what to do at a breakdown hard shoulders ordinary roads personal security changing a wheel alternative spares the wrong fuel a touch of glass driving windowless mechanical breakdown battery problems modern methods accidents legal requirements at the scene leaving the scene 12 driving abroad insurance fuel language the wrong side foreign familiarity acclimatizing hire cars back home 13 training keeping up Pass Plus teaching others IAM RoSPA specialist training towing the line taking it further glossary index

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This guide to essential roadcraft will enable all drivers, whether newly licensed or with plenty of years behind the wheel, to refine and improve not only their driving technique, but also all other areas of motoring, from bad weather to breakdowns.

About the Author

John Henderson is a freelance journalist and photographer specializing in motoring journalism and equestrian photography. Since 1982 he has written on motoring for a wide range of provincial and national titles and before going freelance in 1990 was a road tester on 'Motor' and deputy editor of 'Performance Car'.

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