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Using the horn

If you're driving safely and anticipating correctly, you'll seldom need to use the horn. Only use it if you think other road users haven't seen you or cannot see you. On a blind bend or narrow winding road, the horn might help pedestrians and other road users who cannot see you coming.

Warning others of your presence does not relieve you of the responsibility to drive safely. Always drive with caution. Don't sound your horn to reprimand other drivers aggressively in a built-up area between 11.30 pm and 7.00 am or while you're stationary at any time, unless a moving vehicle creates a danger.

Flashing the headlights

Flashing the headlights can be used in much the same way as the horn to warn other road users that you're there. If you think a warning is necessary, flashing headlights can be particularly useful in situations where the horn might not be heard or at a time when the horn should not be used. Avoid flashing your headlights to instruct other drivers reprimand another road user intimidate a driver ahead.

Other drivers flashing their headlights

Some drivers flash their headlights for a variety of reasons, including inviting you to pass before them thankinq you for your courtesy warning you of some fault with your vehicle telling you your headlights are dazzling them.

When other drivers flash their headlights, don't rely on what you think they mean. Use your own judgement; the signal might not mean what you think might not be intended for you. Make sure you know their intention before you act on the signal.

Defensive driving

Remember: flashing of headlights might not be an invitation. The other driver might have flashed someone else have flashed accidentally.

Moving off at an angle

Use the same drill as for moving off straight ahead covered under 'Moving off' (see When making the routine safety checks and at the biting point ask yourself At what angle should I move out? and  How far will this take me into the road? Your decision will depend on how close you are to the vehicle or object in front how wide the vehicle is ahead oncoming traffic. Your window pillar can obstruct your view ahead. Make sure there's nothing in the area hidden by this obstruction.

Watch out for other vehicles behind and signal if necessary, then look over your right shoulder again release the parking brake as you ease the clutch pedal up a little more. The vehicle will begin to move. Tight clutch control is needed, so keep the clutch pedal at or just above the biting point give yourself time to complete the amount of steering you need to clear the vehicle in front release the clutch pedal smoothly only when your vehicle is clear of the obstruction allow room for someone to open a door, if you're steering around a vehicle check your mirrors move out slowly, straighten up, and be ready to brake - a pedestrian might step out from the other side of the parked vehicle.

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