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City driving

As we venture into the city, we discover that here driving can be very hazardous. There is nowhere quiet or tranquil; it is a time to be on your guard with cars, pedestrians, cyclists, buses, in some places trams; and the list goes on.

With so much activity good observation is essential and distractions need to be at a minimum. Concentration is paramount. Everybody seems to be in a hurry and you need to be watchful especially of pedestrians, who seem often, quite determined, to get from point A to point B regardless of the consequences. So, remember to use your mirrors constantly, and make sure you check your blind spots when pulling out and changing lanes. Also when reversing always look over your shoulder and don’t just rely on your mirrors, because pedestrians often appear from outside of your mirror range.

For learner drivers it is good to have some experience of city driving with the help of a supervisor before they get their licence. If you live near a city ask your driving instructor, if he can take you in for a driving lesson.

If you live in Melbourne then you will have the added experience of learning how to negotiate a hook-turn. Even though doing a right-hand turn from the left lane seems strange it is quite logical, when you realise it is designed help keep the traffic flowing while not impeding trams.

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