Hi,- When driving through estates should I indicate and/or give a shoulder check when passing parked vehicles?
You give a shoulder check and indicate that you ARE GOING TO
move out to pass the obstruction ahead (parked cars). When you have moved out to the road position that will enable you to clear the obstruction safely you CANCEL the indicator. You should not be indicating as you are actually driving past the parked cars. That could be misleading.- On one of the roads on the test route there is a cycle lane to the left and sometimes there are cars turning off to the right making the road narrow meaning I have to go into the cycle lane. Would this be correct to do on a test and also should I indicate left and look over my left shoulder?
Again this is a grey area. First if you are going to change your position on the road, whither to the right or left, you give a quick shoulder check, indicate and if safe move over. Cycle lanes, best advice I received from an examiner - use your common sense. You can not of course go in unless you are 100% sure its safe. By not going in you could be causing an obstruction, its not a perfect world so use examiners advice, but remember every situation is slightly different so be careful. Other advice that the examiners sometimes offer in the test - Do what you normally would do. But remember, if you follow the law you normally can not be marked. - Should I indicate to overtake a cyclist even if I don't cross the white line in the middle of the road?
The white line as nothing whatsoever to do with whither you indicate or not. You totally ignore it. (Or your position on the road, you give the obstruction a safe margin - ignoring the line)
If you are moving out on the road, quick shoulder check, indicate, when moved out, cancel. - Could you advise me on the correct procedure to avoid getting marks for observation turning right?
Basically, look where you are going, checking other directions. On approach, interior mirror, outside mirrors, quick right shoulder check, indicate, move to just left of white line, slow down change gears, you should now be half a car length or so from the junction, look into new road, quick check to the left right mirror, ahead to make sure its safe to turn, then look into new road and turn. You only give the one shoulder check - before the junction before moving to the white line. Some people get marked for looking around too much, not looking where they are going.
-At a cross roads there are roadworks which have closed off one of the lanes at the junction for going straight ahead meaning that if you plan going straight ahead you have to go into the lane for turning right and cut back in at the junction to continue going straight. Should I indicate right around the traffic cones or would this be deemed as misleading any following cars into thinking I am going to turn right at the junction? .
Think have answered that. Changing your position on the road, you indicate your intention to do so, otherwise following traffic might attempt to overtake or undertake. When you are driving past an obstruction you should not be indicating, that could be misleading.-Regarding the woman on the road, she was stood at the junction, a foot off the footpath (where I should have stopped to turn left). I positioned myself where I would be if I was turning right and completed the left turn. I received a mark for road position turning left so I'm guessing I should have just stopped and waited for her to move off in her own time.
You were lucky (?) you did not get a grade 3. By staying out so wide you opened up the road for say a motorbike to undertake you and run the woman down. (Good enough for her, you might say
). What I said in my last post, keep in, slow down, give her an opportunity to get out of the way. If it looks like she will not move then you very carefully drive around her. If to do so would put you or other road users at risk then sit and wait, but note, she does not have the right to obstruct traffic, so it might
be in order to give her a wee blast on the horn. Depends, if she is pretending not to see you and it would be dangerous to drive around.Edit: Re. the woman. For some strange reason got the idea from your first post that she had no intention to cross the road. Thought she was standing there, having a chat with someone else ????. My above replies assumed that scenario. If she was waiting to cross then follow your line into the corner, slow right down, stop, allow her to cross, do not wave her on (grade 3 - you might be waving her into danger)