Lesson 1, Topic 1
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Traffic Calming

In this lesson you will learn about Traffic Calming measures.

When you approach any roads which have traffic calming, you will use the skills you have already developed.

You will use the M S P S L routine, as you have done in all of the topics in the learn to drive syllabus.


  • Mirrors
  • Signal
  • Position
  • Speed 
  • Look

Traffic calming measures are roads that have been deliberately designed to slow traffic down. 

This could be:

  • road humps
  • road narrowings, central islands, chicanes
  • mini roundabouts

On roads with humps, narrowings or mini roundabouts, you will see signs to warn you and let you know which side of the road the narrowing occurs.

This will inform you about priority.

You should approach with caution! Never speed up as you approach the traffic calming measure.

Be prepared to slow down or stop if necessary.

Don’t try and squeeze through at the same time as cyclists or motorcylists. Hold back and allow them room to pass.

You should maintain a reduced speed along the whole stretch of road within the traffic calming measures. 

Do not overtake other moving road users while in these areas.

Road Humps

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These may be round or flat topped humps laid across the carriage way they may be used on roads with a speed limit of 30 mph or less .


In some areas the humps are in the form of cushions , like the ones in this picture , which only covers part of the Lane . They are designed so that larger vehicles, especially buses, can straddle them.




Roads may be narrowed by the use of built outs on one or both side of the road

If these are on your side of the road you must always give way to drivers approaching in the other direction

If priority isn’t given in either direction, then all drivers should ensure that they can pass through safely.

Road Narrowings

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You should not accelerate as you approach the narrowing, but be prepared to slow down or give way to approaching traffic

Hold back to allow cyclists motorcyclist room to pass through and don’t try to squeeze through at the same time!

Mini Roundabouts

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You should approach in the same way as a roundabout, slow down and be prepared to give way to traffic from the right.

Remember that there’s much less space to manoeuvre and less time to signal so there is often not time to signal when leaving a mini roundabout.

You MUST pass around the central markings unless you’re driving a large vehicle or towing a trailer which is physically incapable of doing so

You should try to avoid using a mini roundabout to make a U turn but beware the other drivers may do this.

At double mini roundabouts you treat each roundabout separately and give way to traffic from your right.

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