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Whether you are learner driver or an experienced motorist, you can email any driving-related question to info@wycombedrivingschool.co.uk and you will receive a personal response from Wycombe Driving School boss Audrey Wixon, pictured. The best questions and answers will be published on this website anonymously.

Audrey is a DSA ADI; DIAmond, IAM and RoSPA Gold Advanced Driver; Fleet Trainer; Observer for Institute of Advanced Motorists; & National Standard cycling instructor

Audrey Wixon - manager of Wycombe Driving School
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How do you stay safe on narrow roads?

Q: I hate driving on narrow county lanes because the drivers on the other side of the road get so close that they make me feel panicky. Can you help?

a narrow road A: It is possible that you are inadvertently steering towards the oncoming cars as they approach. If you are frightened of them, you are likely to keep looking at them as they get nearer and that can cause you to drift because your steering will naturally follow what you are looking at.

Try to look past the oncoming cars as they get near. Focus on the road ahead of you and keep glancing at the left kerb to help you hold your position. The less space you feel you have, the slower you should be going.

Consider the width of the oncoming car. If there is a centre line, check to see whether the vehicle is on it’s own side.

Also, try to predict the actions of the oncoming cars. For example, are there any obstacles on the other side of the road, such as puddles, that might cause them to move out? Match your speed to the risk. And plan in advance what you would do if an oncoming car did veer suddenly. Keep checking your mirror so you know if it is safe to brake heavily and always have an escape route in mind – is there a brick wall or a soft verge alongside you?
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