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Luke’s diary #13: Dual carriageway

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Bernie came and picked me up today and told me we where going to have a go on the dual carriageway, I was very excited because this meant I actually get to go 70mph!

Bernie told me not to get too excited as there are a lot of things to look out for when on the dual carriageway; although it’s fun going fast, you have to keep an eye out for a lot more happening at a faster speed!

We drove down from my work towards the carriageway and he pointed me down towards the entrance. Getting onto a dual carriageway is probably the hardest part about the dual carriageway.

As I understand it, the procedure goes a bit like this: You have to indicate in as you come to the white lines and then aim to get on as soon as possible. You have to wait until you come in line with the lanes and wait until you are clear of other cars, check over your shoulder at your blind spot, check in your mirrors and remember, everybody is going fast!

It’s important to get your speed up before you meet the carriageway because you don’t want to be going loads slower than the other cars. It is your responsibility to get yourself onto the carriageway not the responsibility of the other drivers to let you on, so you need to be careful!

Nice drivers will move over into another lane but this does not always happen! Once you get yourself onto the carriageway you should keep yourself in the left hand lane as much as possible – the other lanes are strictly for over taking.

I got onto the lane correctly then carried on driving along, getting myself up to 70mph felt so good!

I noticed that while I was driving there was a car in my lane going a lot slower than me. I got up closer to them then Bernie walked me through overtaking. I checked my mirrors to make sure nobody else was coming up beside me or behind me about to overtake me, flicked my indicator on and slowly merged into the other lane. I got in there fine had another check behind me to make sure I wasn’t too close to other cars then drove past them, got inline with the car and flicked my indicator on to come back in.

As I passed the car I waited to see the car’s lights in my rear view mirror. Once they were visible, that meant that I had enough distance between me and the car behind. Then I merged into the left hand lane and carried on driving.

The end of the dual carriageway is a large busy roundabout, I joined in the right lane signalled correctly and then got off without causing any troubles or problems.

I was very pleased with myself as I drove back home; I’d smashed (not literally) dual carriageways and roundabouts all in one day. Not to bad if I do say so myself!

Last modified: 14th January 2016