Moving off again
The first thing we need to consider here is do we need to stop in the first place? We should always be planning and trying to keep continuous motion, (read more about this in our No Stopping Lesson) so if we can drop our speed and allow time for the other car to pass whilst continuing then great. Note that in doing this don’t allow yourself to get too close to the parked car, always stop once you get to your hold back point.
Once we have stopped and the road is clear for us to move off again, we need to follow our P.O.M routine. (Prepare Observe Move)
- Prepare – Prepare the car as you would for any normal move off. (See Moving Off and Stopping if you’re not sure.)
- Observe – Check ahead to see if its clear to move away. Check your mirrors for any vehicles that may be confused by you being stationary. Could it look like you’re parked?
- Move – As we move away, we need to decide if we need to use an indicator. Indicating isn’t always necessary as our road position and situation could be enough for cars to know what’s happening. For example, if we’ve been driving down a road with lots of parked cars and the car behind has been following us. If he has seen us pull in to give way, he will be expecting us to move off again, so no signal needed.
On the other hand, if the car behind hasn’t seen us pull in to give way and maybe we are a little slow to move off, he may assume we’re parked and move to go around us. An indicator in this situation may be helpful.
Each situation is unique, so you will have decide at the time if the indicator is beneficial and won’t confuse other drivers.