One of the most common faults we find when someone has been learning to drive with a parent or loved one in the lack of mirror checks. You basically need to check your mirrors before you do anything,
Turning Left and Right
You should always check your mirror before you signal to turn left or right. You should always check the centre mirror followed by left or right dependent on which direction you are going and you need to check these mirrors in good time so you can respond to what you are seeing, so around 10 car lengths before the junction.
Moving around other vehicles
You should again check your centre right mirror to move around a parked car and also check your centre left mirror before moving back in past the parked car, this also applys to anything you are passing, so cyclists for an example.
You should always check your centre mirror before changing speed, so anything that makes you slow down or brake and also before you increase your speed.
- The Reason - The reason we check the centre mirror before changing speed (Slowing Down) is to see what might be following us behind, we then need to judge how we slow down, do we need to be more gradual to give the car time to back off or is it safe to brake and bring the speed down more quickly.
- You need to check the centre mirror before increasing your speed to make sure it is safe and no one is about to overtake you before you increase your speed.