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    When do you need to check blind spots in your car for driving test? I know that you need to check before changing lanes and before setting off from side of the road but I've also been told that I need to check both blind spots before setting off again in a stationary position like at traffic lights and other junctions. Is this true?
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    This thread should be in Learning to Drive - tagging AngryJellyfish to get it moved.

    You should check your blindspots before any maneuver.
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    I second what IWMTom said
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    You should never be blind when driving, that can cause a serious accident
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    (Original post by Oliver3113)
    When do you need to check blind spots in your car for driving test? I know that you need to check before changing lanes and before setting off from side of the road but I've also been told that I need to check both blind spots before setting off again in a stationary position like at traffic lights and other junctions. Is this true?
    As you said, you check them before changing lanes and before setting off from the side of the road. You should always check when coming off a slip road onto a dual carriageway or motorway and you should check whenever you begin or stop during a manoeuvre. You should also do a quick check when traffic is emerging from left or right.

    To be fair, no one checks blind spots when at normal traffic lights but you can check to make sure there are no cyclists/motorcyclists behind you (especially if they are just after a roundabout or before/after a corner). Usually I just check the rear view mirror and wing mirrors.
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    If you're driving instructor tells you to do this then get into the habit of doing it for lessons and test- AFTER you've passed it's probably fine to just check mirrors.
 
 
 
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