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Driving Test Tips - Shoulder Check

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Driving Test Tips - Shoulder Check

Knowing how and when to do a shoulder check is an important driving test tip. There are many instances where performing a shoulder check is an essential driving practice, and below are some of the most common situations where it's necessary:

  • When you are parked with no car in front of you and you are going to move forward, do a shoulder check twice before accelerating slowly and moving into traffic
  • When backing up sharply to the right or left, look over your right shoulder (when backing up to the right) and over your left shoulder (when backing up to the right)
  • Before doing a right turn, it is imperative to do a shoulder check over your right shoulder to check for pedestrians or cyclists who may be in your blind spot
  • Before turning left, quickly do a left shoulder check for pedestrians or cyclists before making your left turn
  • When you are returning to park your vehicle, one of the first things you should do is a shoulder check after showing down and checking the side view mirrors as well as the rear view mirror
  • Before you exit your vehicle, do a shoulder check on the left to make sure no traffic, cyclists or pedestrians are approaching. Only then is it safe to open your door and exit the vehicle

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