Category Archives: Advanced Driving & Riding

Never Too Good | Episode 4

In our final video Chaz, Alan and the gang have covered hundreds of miles and honed their road riding skills. If you’re interested in taking a course and improving your riding skills, check out the schemes available here: <a class=”yt-uix-sessionlink ” href=”http://think.direct.gov.uk/motorcycle-training.html” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow” data-url=”http://think.direct.gov.uk/motorcycle-training.html” data-sessionlink=”ei=hMsDV6HADqGWiwbe_LzQBg”>http://think.direct.gov.uk/motorcycle…</a> Because nobody’s too good to be a better rider.

Never too good | Episode 3 : Roadcraft

Check out our latest video of Chaz &amp; Alan’s weekend taking further training. This time they’re getting their heads around Roadcraft and why its so important to riding safely. Then the whole crew are out on the road for one-on-one feedback from the instructors. Do you think you could benefit from some individual observation? Find out more about further training: <a href=”http://think.direct.gov.uk/motorcycle-training.html” target=”_blank”>http://think.direct.gov.uk/motorcycle</a>…

Advanced Driving in Cyprus

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CyprusDriving and RoSPA Advanced / Defensive driver training is based on the UK police driver’s handbook ‘Roadcraft: The Essential Police Driver’s Handbook’.

This system of advanced driving is suitable for any advanced driver training but in particular Cyprus.

We drive on the left, as in the UK, and the laws in general are the same or based on similar principles, so it lends itself to similar training methods.

Any form of advanced driver training is advantageous to not only the driver for their own benefit but to the population at large.

These pages contain information on advanced / defensive driving skills and techniques.

RoSPA UK

It is important to put these techniques into practice. RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) in Cyprus are offering free advanced driver and rider training for private individuals.

Training is also available for fleet and businesses.

Click here to take you to the  RoADAR Cyprus site for more information.

Some material to assist you to improve your driving.
Roadcraft: The Essential Police Driver’s Handbook (ISBN: 9780117081871) can be bought from sites on the internet including here.

If you wish to consider an advanced driving DVD you might like to look at this video on YouTube. Chris Gilbert was one of the instructors in the original Roadcraft DVD.

Safe Driving Tips

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SAFETY TIPS

Seat Belts

It is proven that wearing seat belts save lives and reduces the risk of serious injury. It is now the law in Cyprus for all occupants of a vehicle to wear a seatbelt. Get into the habit and as the driver, insist that your passengers ‘buckle up’.

Space

Drive with space around you. A Collision can only occur when two objects occupy the same Space.

This can be avoided by always leaving a suitable gap between you and other road users and objects.

Build a space cushion of safety all around your vehicle by constantly adjusting your speed and position to maximize the distance between yourself and other vehicles. Dominate your own road position so tailgaters must pass you safely or not at all.

This will enable you and those around you to have ‘time to react’.

Speed

Drive observing the maximum and minimum speed limits set by law, and drive at a speed in which you are able to stop safely, on your own side of the road and in the distance you can see to be clear.

Be aware of the environment you are in and of those things going on around you. Adjust your speed accordingly.

Overtaking

Is the most dangerous manoeuvre you can make while driving.

Always be ready to abandon an overtake should another hazard come into view.
Do not cause any other vehicle to change course or speed.

Don’t overtake

  • where there is restricted view, such as hill crests, bends and at or approaching junctions.
  • unless yon can see far enough ahead and it’s safe.
  • unless can return to the correct side of the road safely and in plenty of lime.
  • on the left, unless the vehicle in front is signaling to turn right, and you can overtake on the left safely.
  • On, or approaching a pedestrian crossing.
If in doubt – Don’t Overtake!

Pedestrian Crossings

As you approach a pedestrian crossing, slow down and be prepared to stop to allow pedestrians to cross. Scan both sides of the crossing as you approach. DO NOT wave pedestrians across, as this could be dangerous if another vehicle is approaching.

It is illegal to park on the crossing and on the zigzag lines either side of the crossing.

Vision

Look ahead and scan with your eyes to get the full picture, not fixing your vision on anything for more than two seconds. Constantly check your mirrors and also your blind spots when moving off and changing lanes.

Be Seen

Turn on your dipped headlights (not sidelights only) when visibility is reduced whatever the cause. Be it in the daytime when there is heavy rain, log smoke etc. or at dusk due to diminishing light.If you cant see other vehicles properly when their lights are not illuminated then they cant see you.

You can also improve your visibility during normal driving by carefully positioning your vehicle so ii is not obscured by other vehicles or buildings.

Steering

Keep both hands on the wheel at either the quarter-to-three or ten-to-two position, unless it is necessary to operate a control or to give a hand signal. Use the ‘pull-push’ method where you can to make changes in direction smoothly. Always keep at least one hand on the wheel. Do not use a mobile phone while driving.

Combat Fatigue

Remain alert and combat fatigue by making sure you are not tired before you start your journey. Take frequent rest breaks. Get out of the car and walk around before continuing. Share the driving if other drivers are available and legal. Do not continue beyond your safety limit.

Allow Sufficient Journey Time

Leave sufficient time for your journey allowing for traffic and weather conditions. Leaving late tends to result in excessive speed, fines and accidents.

Reversing

Follow the safety rules for reversing:-

  • When parking, reverse in to the space if at all possible. You normally have more time to spare when you arrive than when you leave.
  • Travel backwards only a sufficient distance to enable you to complete the planned manoeuvre
  • Move slowly.
  • Scan as you reverse.
  • If your vision is obscured ask someone to assist you.

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Speed and Safety

Speed and Safety

These are the key points to remember:

  • Do not drive at speed unless you are competent and it is safe to do so.
  • Be familiar with the controls and the handling characteristics of your vehicle – use the controls smoothly.
  • High speed driving requires maximum alertness. If you cannot achieve a high level of attentiveness because of fatigue or some other cause, reduce your speed.
  • Always drive so you can stop on your own side of the road within the distance you can see to be clear, by day or night.
  • If you double your speed you quadruple your braking distance.
  • Put into practice the skills developed. They are designed to maximize safety.
  • Be aware of the onset of fatigue and take the appropriate action. Open a window or stop and take a break.
  • No emergency is so great that it justifies an accident. It is far better to arrive late than not at all.
  • To avoid having to speed and to reduce stress, plan to leave for your journey ten minutes earlier. This will allow you to arrive on time, safely and in a better condition.

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Car Handling Characteristics

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The effects of natural forces acting on a vehicle when accelerating and braking.

acceleration

Under acceleration.

The weight is transferred to the rear of the vehicle.
The rear tyres gain grip.
The front becomes lighter.
The front tyres loose grip.

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A vehicle is at its most stable

When travelling in a straight line with the engine just driving the wheels.

braking

Under braking.

The weight is transferred to the front of the vehicle.
The front tyres gain grip.
The rear becomes lighter.
The rear tyres loose grip.
A rear wheel drive car under acceleration has an advantage because the tyres have more grip which assists acceleration.

A front wheel drive vehicle therefore is at a disadvantage as the front tyres loose grip.

Roundabouts

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One of the main purposes of a roundabout is to assist in the free flow of traffic with the minimum of controls.

Providing everyone keeps to a fairly simple set of rules and drivers signal their intent at the appropriate time, traffic flow through the roundabout is safely increased.

Many people in Cyprus do not know how to negotiate a roundabout, so be aware that others will not follow the rules. There are other routes that are acceptable but our advice is to keep it simple.

In Cyprus the information sign at the approach to the roundabout will only be a very approximate representation of its layout.

Outlined are the basic rules in a series of diagrams. Place cursor over image to use the pop-out option.

Correct Use of Indicators and Signals.

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Signals

Signals form an integral part of your overall driving plan that is the use and provision of information. Road position, speed and course are also signals of possible intention. With time you will become adept at predicting these signals in other road users, and using them to reinforce your own.

Advanced drivers only give a signal when another road user might benefit.

Indicators:

  • If you decide a signal is appropriate, follow the Highway Code recommendation of Mirror – Signal – Manoeuvre.
  • If there is a possibility of confusion, clarify with an arm signal.
  • Do not accept the signal of another road user as absolute proof of their intention. Look for supporting evidence such as slowing down and road position.
  • Be sure to cancel your signal once the manoeuvre is complete.

Horn:

Should be used for the benefit of other road users when you feel they may not have noticed you.

It is not to be used as a form of rebuke or sign of annoyance!

Hazard Warning Lights:

Only use these to tell other drivers you have stopped on the carriageway. They are not a licence to park on restricted areas! Nor are they to be used while driving in reduced visibility. A common occurrence in Cyprus.

Brakelights:

Are used to indicate slowing down or stopping.

Remember: Mirror – Signal – Manoeuvre.

Headlights:

Are only used to inform other drivers of your presence.

Arm or Hand Signals:

Used to reinforce other signals.