When using your mirrors you have to be careful not to take your eyes off the road ahead for too long.
Use quick glances BUT DO NOT JUST MOVE YOUR EYES, remember you will steer the way
you are looking, however this will improve quite quickly on your lessons.
We look in our mirrors for the below information : –
Who’s behind you?
How close are they?
How fast are they travelling?
Are they signalling to overtake you?
If they have disappeared, where have they gone?
Once you have collated this information, ask yourself is it safe for you to continue?
Also remember other road users may not see or even hear you!! So be prepared to slow down or even
stop for them.
Braking and indicating can also be given by hand (shown below). These can be used if you break down or are being towed to a garage.
If you are stationary you also need to check your exterior mirrors to ensure you don’t open the car doors on a cyclist.