How To Judge Your Road Position | Learn to drive: Basic skills

In the UK we normally drive on the left side
of the road, but there is more to it than that – as our position within our lane is
also important. Driving with the correct road position is important for safety and also
helps traffic flow freely. Many new drivers find this difficult to judge, and find themselves
accidentally driving off the edge of the road – so in this video we will show how to position
your car on a few different types of road. Before we get started, please subscribe to
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as soon as we can. There are several reasons that it is important
to maintain the correct position in the road. Firstly, keeping a metre gap to the left of
our car whenever possible should keep our car away from most of the potholes that can
easily damage our wheels or tyres. This gap gives a little clearance to any pedestrians
we pass – in case they stumble into the road. It also provides a little room for us to steer
around bends without our rear wheel rubbing the kerb. Of course, we can’t position too
far to the right either as we could impede traffic coming towards us. We shouldn’t
regard our road position as fixed – as we will need to adjust it occasionally to suit
different road widths, and the current traffic and weather conditions. We will also need
to consider how to position in other situations, such as when using junctions, driving around
parked cars, when on multi-lane roads, and also when overtaking – but since we have already
covered those in other videos we will concentrate on the basics here. With enough experience we will be able to
feel where the car is placed on the road, but to start with it is useful to have a reference
point to use. Let’s move the car out to a better road position for driving. Now we
are positioned about a metre from the kerb, and from the drivers position we can see the
kerb meets the bottom of the windscreen just to the left of the wiper arm. Like any other
reference point this will vary in other cars and for other driving positions, so take the
time to find yours if you need to. Once we start driving, all we have to do to maintain
this road position is gently steer to keep the kerb in this position at the bottom of
the windscreen. We naturally tend to steer towards wherever we are looking, so after
checking our reference point we try to keep looking as far ahead up the road as possible
to make it easier to keep our road position correct. Because of this, we don’t use the
left door mirror to check our position whilst driving, as it would require looking further
away from the road – which could cause unintentional steering in that direction. We recommend holding the steering wheel with
both hands wherever possible, as it allows for more precise steering control. The power
steering fitted to modern cars means that we only need to hold the wheel fairly gently,
and this will also allow us to feel any feedback from the front wheels to understand how much
grip the tyres have. The wheel should always be turned smoothly in a fluid motion, so that
the car stays well balanced on the road and in full control. We are driving on a 2-lane road that has nice
wide lanes – and this makes it much easier to keep to our correct road position. Our
normal reference point still works nicely, and we can also see in our right door mirror
that there is plenty of space between our car and the centre of the road. Once we have
checked our road position, we look ahead as far as possible again, which helps us steer
to smoothly. Here we are driving on another 2-lane road,
but it is a lot narrower – although there is still enough room for two vehicles to pass
each other. To allow a safe gap to oncoming traffic we need to move a little nearer to
the edge of the road, but we keep an eye on our reference point to ensure we don’t move
over too far. Looking ahead again, we keep scanning the road ahead in case a large vehicle
such as a bus approaches us. If this happens we will need to reposition further to the
left of our lane to allow a safe gap for them to pass us – but to reduce the danger of going
off the road we always reduce our speed first. This narrow road has no centre markings and
the width is less than before. We still position our car about a metre from the left, but this
actually takes us over the centre of the road. Due to this it is going to be quite difficult
to squeeze past oncoming vehicles, so we must drive more cautiously in case we need to slow
down or completely stop. When driving around bends or over crests we have less visibility
of the road ahead, so we position more to the left than normal in case of oncoming traffic. Now we have reached the most dangerous type
of road to drive on – the single track road. Accident statistics suggest that we are over
20 times more likely to be injured in an accident when driving here than on normal roads – so
we must be very careful. We can’t use our normal reference point as our road position
is actually in the centre of the road most of the time, but we are continually looking
ahead for oncoming traffic and passing areas. If we see an oncoming car we must use the
most convenient place to pass each other, and this will often mean stopping completely
or even reversing if needed. Because of this we keep our speed much lower than normal,
even if the road has a national speed limit. So, remember to;
Find your own reference point to use Steer gently to keep the car in position
Look ahead as far as possible, and Adjust your road position when needed If you found this video interesting and would
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100 Responses

  1. Advance Driving School says:

    Thanks for watching – if you found this video interesting then please subscribe to our channel and click the bell to be notified of our next video! This video includes;
    * 0:06 Introduction
    * 1:01 Why road position is important
    * 2:20 How to judge our road position
    * 3:40 Steering technique
    * 4:17 Wide 2-lane roads
    * 4:47 Narrow 2-lane roads
    * 5:31 Narrow road without road markings
    * 6:11 Single track road
    * 7:05 Summary

  2. Husnain Akhtar says:

    I'm 2nd to comment 😍
    Your channel is really really good and helpful, it has improved a lot of my driving mistakes , thanks πŸ™
    I'll pray to Allah for this channel to be continued and be prosper ,amin
    I really appreciate for all the efforts and hard work your channel doing for us learners,
    Thanks advance driving school

  3. Husnain Akhtar says:

    Hi , another thing I wanted to say, is that please could you make a clip or give tips only for a narrow road with 60 speed limits,what maximum speed we should do on this kind of road where it's more bends aswell, I'll be waiting for your reply, thanks

  4. Husnain Akhtar says:

    I meant minimum speed on this road, I'm sorry 😐

  5. Lewis Wilson says:

    The types of roads that are narrow but have the national speed limit like why do they even have the national speed limit if you're never going to get up to it even close

  6. Crimes Across The Globe says:

    Cheers advanced driving, Great video's and a nice clear English voice along with it. Thanks again from Newcastle! πŸ‘ŒπŸ» my test is on the 12th. 🀞🏻

  7. Ψ£Ω… ΨΉΨ¨Ψ― Ψ§Ω„ΨΉΨ²ΩŠΨ² says:

    I just love this channel

  8. vaibhav nabar says:

    Sir, How to drive on a hilly road without getting car sleep back , in case of traffic on hilly road.

  9. suzy herrington says:

    Fantastic video as always πŸ‘ŒπŸ½

  10. Pauline Robinson says:

    Thank you for this video 😁

  11. Cfitaax Adan says:

    I have got my driving test tomorrow 8.00 pm wish me luck🏎

  12. Cooking Delight Recipes 😊 says:

    What about roads with parked cars on the left hand side? I was hoping you would show this example in the video because you can’t see the curb and this type of road is very common in the UK too πŸ˜•

  13. Peter Watson says:

    Can you make a video on how to sit in the drive seat correctly, in addition sitting High vs sitting low and how close your head should be to the roof of the car

  14. KarL E says:


  15. George Tricker says:

    Best place to practice parallel parking in bury?

  16. c k says:

    Many thanks from India. Helpful information.

  17. Mehtab Jamil says:

    Very helful video

  18. karu says:

    I’m so bad at this so thanks for the video!!!

  19. Sannah says:

    Thank you for this πŸ‘ŒπŸ»

  20. Guru S says:

    Awesome…ver usefull…πŸ‘πŸ‘Œ

    Still we need more guidance videos for road position and judge car left side position please 😊

  21. K J says:

    I have my driving test this Thursday and I'm so freaking nervous! 😒My mum keeps telling me not to worry but I can't help it, and don't want to let anyone down, which is even more pressure. I'd rather pass now before I start my second year of Uni because I know that I'll be so busy! Wish me luck that I pass guys or if you have any techniques on how to stay calm then that would be much appreciated too! lol πŸ™πŸΌπŸ˜­

  22. Sarah Callaghan says:

    Brilliant I'm so happy and confident thanks to you two your both great and I'll think of videos I've learnt on test and lessons I'm getting booked in soon it will be one less stress and pressure out of way and less embarrassed I'll probably use sceen wiper as a ref point . πŸ˜€

  23. Emre BalΔ±kel says:

    Where should we press the gas when changing gears? (clutch, after releasing clutch, etc.)

  24. Syzygy Dualcast says:

    great channel!!!

  25. SARA KAHKESHAN says:

    Thanks for all the video. I needed it. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  26. Maya says:

    Driving is so stressful, honestly so much little things. JUST WANT TO PASSSSSSSSSSSS

  27. Daniel Chaplin says:


    I've just watched every single video you have uploaded since you started this channel and I just wanted to say thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with learners such as myself. It's invaluable experience and for me, lessons are great, but sometimes seeing it from a theory side and being able to go back and watch the videos compliments the overall learning to drive experience. I have my practical booked in November and I have learnt so much from all your videos. I feel so much more confident compared to lessons alone.

    You should get so much more credit for what you do and if I lived around the area you do lessons, I'd without doubt book lessons with you, but for now going back to watching your videos as well as going out on the road to practice will have to do. I don't even feel nervous for my practical as after watching your videos I just have to remember to practise, practise and more practise and if it don't work out first time, it's not the end of ever trying again.

    So, again thank you so much and I look forward to any videos you do in the future.

  28. Kazi Tasnim says:

    I am weak in road position,tnx for this video ,it will help me.

  29. Rajat Basak says:

    Wow. Beautifully done. Just loved it. Awesome view. Appreciate your hard work.. thanks. Keep it up.. πŸ’œ

  30. Jazzy says:

    Seat Leon 2013 vs Golf 2013 vs Peugeot 208 2014/2015 ??? (All of them with 1.6 Diesel Engines)
    Which one should i buy as my first car???

  31. SaMOa0a says:

    How can we use this reference point when driving past parked cars on a two-lane road ??

  32. vishnu r says:

    How drive over potholes

  33. Ibrahim Ahmed says:

    Wait, In the UK , white lines mean opposite moving traffic?

  34. PziGotNoFilter P says:


  35. Lomile Mofokeng says:

    thank you. Your videos are very helpful .i am still taking my driving lessons so soon i will be going for test. Lomile from Soweto.

  36. Dr. Chittaranjan Barik says:

    I m from India & here also left sided driving ..
    So I m getting it convenient to watch & learn from your videos…
    The narrow roads & natural scenery very similar here as in your videos..
    Thanks a lot for the video..

  37. Tom Jardine says:

    Is this the ST line Ford Fiesta ?

  38. Karen McCulloch says:

    so much to remember, so stressful. Hopefully will pass on next attempt thanks to these guides.

  39. Cafe Masala says:

    I like your video nice & clear voice but when i drive I'm very nervous could you tel me some advice please

  40. Jack Gav says:

    Hi my instructor taught me to look at rear and right mirror every time before i slow down or increase speed. Is that right? As i found it difficult to focus aheaf which ia dangerous. Hope u can advice

  41. Jamie Langford says:

    could you post a video about buses and lorries and how to understand their road position is different from cars.
    explaining how they manouver and how space should be left for them

  42. ELDHOSE THOMAS says:


  43. BrandonLee says:

    Thank you guys so much!

  44. Vishaldeep Singh says:

    while changing lanes my car shakes on highway specially and apart from that even If I see the rear view mirror I cant have a proper judgement how far the car is.

  45. Md Mostafa says:


  46. Jessica Hamilton says:

    I passed my test today in the rain and fog with 5 minors, your videos have helped me so much recently. As someone who suffers with anxiety I doubt my actions a lot but your videos reassured me that I am safe to drive. Thank you so much!

  47. Antonio Carney Ducie says:

    Very good video congratulations

  48. arun babool says:

    Nice but I am not perfect in English

  49. Rizna Halideen says:

    Hi, I failed my test yesterday. I got one serious fault in positioning normal driving. Can you explain me how to improve that? Thank you

  50. Brhana Brhane says:

    No need Left hand. not good.

  51. Valor Miguel says:

    Hey there, U have d Best Driving Tutorials here in Youtube as always bcos it's very detailed. Can u also give a tutorial on how would u approach hill twisties especially on steep downhill..

  52. hexlgaming says:

    a fiesta st? oh, I like that! :3

  53. Zakira Begum says:

    How can I understand a roundabout easily?

  54. Z V says:

    5th 1&1/2hr lesson with my new instructor. Mature adult learner too not just a teen! I am still in the industrial estate since I am struggling with the very basics including correct road positioning! I am trying so hard to get it right but I'm losing control! What's the best way to determine perfect positioning every time?! As I said I'm not even on roads yet so these basics need to be perfected today!

  55. Shabs Patel says:

    Thank u so much:-)

  56. Billy Porter says:

    @1.12 Does the two second rule not apply?
    Also on one side of a 3 lane duel carraigeway I'm doing 50mph in lane 1 and lane 3 slows down to 40mph is it legal for me to keep to my speed and pass those in 3?

  57. Sagarika Dev Mitra says:

    Thank you for sharing the knowledge. I passed my test today, your videos really really helped a lot

  58. Shiravin Ravi says:

    what car model is that?


    Guys dont whatch to much video of driving because i was whatching for two yers and i failed my test 4 Times and once i stopped whatching this and i didnt Focus on my test i Just smoked weed i was So relaxed on my test and i passed hahhaha

  60. Atlantic Eagle πŸ›³ says:

    What is the correct method to start a car? Do I have to press clutch, brake etc., while starting a car?

  61. Vivian Chao says:

    This is amazing thanks so much l had a lot of pressure with my teacher on how to keep the car on the right position

  62. Single To Taken TV says:

    I learnt looking at the centre of the horizon helps.

  63. Meriem Ali says:

    like like like

  64. Abel Gebremskel says:

    I wham to ask if you caver Ipswich or if there is some good school to recommend? And so many thanks for your videos they make drive class more easily.

  65. Molly Hooper says:

    I find keeping the car straight so darn difficult…. I know I only had 2 lessons so far…. but it looks so easy when others do it.
    I need to see more videos when I can see the road ahead and the steering wheel at the same time.

  66. stanciu florin says:

    Great video and interesting. Thanks

  67. Single To Taken TV says:

    If you compare roads in London and certain countryside areas I find the roads in countryside areas are much wider in general.

  68. Kabelo Sehanka says:

    There's no hope for me. This video still doesn't help 😭

  69. Josh m says:

    just keep right it's the correct way drive! lol

  70. J H says:

    London roads so tight compared to these with cars parked makes it difficult

  71. 100011110110010110010000000 says:

    For starters the learner car following is way too close. Also that is nowhere near a meter gap from the side of the road, if you left a meter gap you'd be halfway out near the middle of the road. This must be too advanced me me to understand.

  72. sabir muhammed says:

    Very informayive… i like this channel

  73. mv Ibrahim says:

    btw you could earn twice or even three times as much money if you make your videos over 10 minutes long.

  74. Rg A says:

    It"s very good thank you.

  75. Omolade Ahmed says:

    Please ma I still find staying centered difficult

  76. prisca Blackson says:

    So helpful. Thank you

  77. Ghosia Razzaq says:

    Hi I fail my test just one serious fault rear observation changing direction

  78. Ghosia Razzaq says:

    If you can help me what to do ?

  79. Single To Taken TV says:

    The looking far ahead tip works like magic even on narrow country lanes, so I look further down the road at the centre of the lane. This even helps, when on the motorway or dual carriageway to keep myself centred. Will this work if I switch between a Fiat 500 which is a mini car to an Audi A8 or a Range Rover which is larger and wider in terms of dimensions? Even when driving on narrow country lanes, if I simply apply the rule of looking well ahead, will I be okay when driving along? Thanks.

  80. oligario kalaw says:


  81. Tjijenda Urbanus says:

    You guys need 100 million subscribers thanks for your videos guys

  82. Slim says:

    Great video, thank you so much!

  83. Gani says:

    ultimate driving classes on youtube thanks for knowledge …..

  84. Mike Byrne says:

    Such an informative video its so much easier when its explained like this and makes more sense and I find the voice so calming and easy to follow πŸ‘

  85. Lane Hogger says:

    Was this filed at 5am on a midsummer morning? No typical aggressive drivers anywhere πŸ˜‚

  86. Arash_SP says:

    Its so stupid how single track roads have a national speed limit. That's just an accident waiting to happen at 60mph and then wide big roads have 20mph limit. Stupid

  87. Mohammed Kazmi says:

    Can you make a video about how not to be too close to the cars on the left. As this is what I'm falling on.

    Thank you

  88. Thamara says:

    very useful and practical. thank you
    Best of Luck

  89. layali azerak says:

    Very helpful, thanks

  90. wish kashmer says:

    Thanks you.

  91. Abdillah Idarous Hamad says:

    Ooh thank you this is helpful video for me since I'm weak on road position

  92. Have a good Heart says:

    Amazing videos from this channel I appreciated so much and I hope everyone does too.

  93. Chaturika 81 says:

    Thank you for the video. This is my main problem of driving. When i move away by the driving straight line, i can't recognize it. This video helps me a lot. I will try to follow curb position on windscreen. Mt driving test is closer now. I'm so nervous.😣

  94. Mike Byrne says:

    Such a great video, the reference point is so helpful as I always worry on road position, it looks basically that the centre of the windscreen lines with the curb, but obviously varies how far left depending on road width and slowing and moving left slightly for oncoming vehicles on narrower roads

  95. Gungnir Kin says:

    Thank you, i was so nervous about where i was on the road cause i didn't know where i was this has helped me.

  96. Ehsan Zaigham says:

    I’m glad that the car I’m learning in is the one shown in the vid

  97. AnEnglishChap says:

    I passed my test about two months ago with 1dfs for parking opposite a junction , i didn't know what was round the corner straight after and thought the examiner would be okay with it as it was only for a moment, that was a mistake, the reason i thought it was okay was because i'd previously watched driving schools on you tube teaching that it is indeed okay as long as it's only for a brief moment. It's never okay and i got marked for it. So guys make sure you don't park opposite a junction, I couldn't help but notice my examiners smug grin on her face as we approached it, it was just before a corner and didn't know what was around the corner. Don't do it! Apart from that my test was easy, it was my second attempt, my forst attempt got me 13 minors. the first driving exam took me to a uneven car park with pot holes where i stalled and the car rolled backwards and all sorts, i found myslef on a duel carriageway in the pouring rain with no idea what speed i should be doing and it was a disaster, as soon as the test started a lorry driver kept stopping then moving then stopping and i had no idea whether to stop or go (undue hesitation in the back of my mind) my first examiner didn't speak clearly and was basically using some sort of sign language and telling me to take exit at the very last moment (nightmare) and i failed. 2nd time i had a different examiner who understood clearly and it was a breeze. Don't be afraid to clarify or ask the examiner to repeat themselves. My first examiner was special.

  98. DISHO VARGHESE says:

    Your videos are well made ,I appreciate your works, please include some driving skills to be used in "INDIAN ROADS " where we realise what we studying is not driving.

  99. nivasj suryan says:

    As a new driving learner in LL only i went to long drive in my new Baleno arround 150km + with single line Highway also in night time, 3days back i got my Driving license ✌️ but y I'm still watching this video's πŸ€”πŸ€”πŸ€”

  100. Bze Bee says:

    Thanks for a brilliant video. I needed this. It touched the kerb twice in my last driving lesson! πŸ‘πŸ˜

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