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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 to pull out of a busy junction? Try grinning!

Q: There is a junction near my home that I struggle to get out of every morning because there is a constant stream of slow moving traffic on the main road in the rush hour. I watch other drivers force their way out by edging forward until someone has to stop but I feel uncomfortable about doing this. Can you offer any advice?
smiling driver, as taught by Wycombe Driving School A: Have you tried smiling at the drivers on the main road? It works really well! Put on a big, cheesy grin and it won’t be long before someone lets you out. Even the most grumpy-looking motorists seem to find it hard to drive past someone they notice beaming at them.

The trick is to make it obvious that you want to be let out. Your body language should demonstrate that you are poised and ready to go, should they be so kind – so lean forward. Wind down your window so you can be seen better. Once you get eye contact with someone, you’re halfway there. Widen your grin and they are bound to stop. Then check it is safe to go and nip out pronto so they don’t feel embarrassed about holding up the traffic. Follow up with a friendly nod or wave and everyone’s happy.

You are most likely to strike lucky with a professional driver, as they tend to be more aware of what is going on around them – so look out for lorry, taxi and bus drivers etc. What you should never do is force your way out, unless invited. That could disrupt the line of traffic dangerously and lead to defensive nose-to-tail driving. Whatsmore, it’s bad manners!
Audrey Wixon
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