Learner Drivers

ABS Braking – An anti-lock braking system (or ABS for short) is a safety system which prevents the wheels on a motor vehicle from locking while braking.

Advanced stop lines – some signal-controlled junctions have advanced stop lines to allow cycles to be positioned ahead of other traffic. Motorists and motorcyclists MUST stop at the first white line when instructed (e.g., by red traffic light).

Alcohol – It is against the law to drink and drive as it seriously affects your judgement and abilities. You MUST NOT drive with a breath alcohol level higher than 35 microgrammes/100 millilitres of breath of a blood alcohol level of more than 80 milligrammes/100 millilitres of blood.

Aquaplaning – This occurs when a layer of water builds between the rubber tyres of the vehicle and the road surface, leading to the loss of traction which prevents the vehicle from responding to control inputs such as steering, braking or accelerating.

Audio equipment – It is important NOT to try to tune the radio or change CD whilst driving as this will affect your concentration. DO NOT listen to loud music or use headphones of any kind, as these can mask other sounds

Battery Check – Periodic checks on your battery are essential for safety. Top up with distilled water if necessary, although some batteries are maintenance free and don’t need topping up.

Battery charge warning light - This light should illuminate on the dashboard when the ignition is switched on and should extinguish as soon as the engine starts. If it does not illuminate at all, or if it illuminates while driving, your battery is not being charged as there is a fault with your charging system. This may be due to a slack battery or starter terminals, a broken or loose alternator drive belt or an alternator failure.

If the drive belt is broken, it must be replaced before you restart the engine. The coolant system may rely on this belt and its failure could cause the engine to overheat, in turn causing engine...