Driving conditions (skills 24 to 26)

24. Driving in the dark

There are many factors that make driving in the dark more hazardous. Judging speed at night can be difficult, so be particularly careful at junctions.

You should be confident driving on:

  • urban roads
  • rural roads
  • single and dual carriageways

You should know:

  • how darkness limits your visibility and when to adjust your speed, especially in bad weather
  • when you should use your lights, which lights to use and the importance of keeping them clean
  • when you can use the horn at night
  • how to park safely and legally when it’s dark

25. Weather conditions

Aim to get experience in different weather conditions. It’s important to understand the effect conditions like fog and low sun can have on visibility. Other conditions, such as ice, snow and rain, can affect the way that your vehicle handles.

You should be confident in all weather conditions, including:

  • fog
  • ice and snow
  • bright sunshine
  • wind
  • rain

You should know:

  • the way that different weather conditions affect your visibility, speed and stopping distance, and how to respond to these conditions safely
  • the car’s capabilities and how to use its features
  • the warning signs and signals that may be used
  • the causes of skidding and aquaplaning, and how to control them if they do occur
  • when to use yuour lights and which lights to use in poor daytime visibility

26. Passengers and loads

As a driver, you need to understand your responsibilities to passengers, whether they’re adults or children. You should also know how to secure any items that you’re transporting.

When carrying passengers and loads, you should be aware of:

  • your responsibility to other adults, children, babies and animals in your car
  • the safest way to carry loads in and on the car
  • how to load trailers safely

You should know:

  • the rules concerning the use of seat belts
  • the importance of not putting a rear-facing baby seat into a seat that’s protected by an airbag
  • the importance of checking that all doors are shut properly, and that animals are safely restrained
  • how to stow luggage or load it securely and the importance of distributing weight evenly

Not feeling completely prepared?

Only take your driving test if you’re feeling completely prepared.

You can move your driving test back if you’re not feeling quite ready yet.

It’s free to change your appointment time, as long as you do it at least 3 full working days (Mondays to Saturdays) before your test.

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