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IAM Driving Tips – Tunnels

Institute of Advanced Motorists Driver Training Specialist, Simon Elstow, is offering motorists straightforward tips to improve their skills behind the wheel.

By Stephen Turvil
Aug 22, 2011
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Institute of Advanced Motorists Driver Training Specialist, Simon Elstow, is offering motorists straightforward tips to improve their skills behind the wheel. His focus this week is tunnels; the dangers of which are frequently underestimated. The IAM's advice is:

Before entering a tunnel:

- Check your fuel gauge, do not risk running out of fuel.

- Turn on the traffic information channel. Some larger European road tunnels have their own radio as well as electronic signs.

- Take off your sunglasses.

In the tunnel:

- Turn on dipped headlights.

- Do not exceed the speed limit and leave extra room between yourself and the car in front.

- Keep an eye out for the location of emergency pedestrian exits just in case you may need one.

- In two-way tunnels, keep well to the nearside kerb.

- Do not change lanes unless instructed to.

If you break down:

- Switch on your hazard lights immediately.

- Try to coast to a breakdown lay-by.

- If none are available, stop as close to the nearside kerb as possible.

- Turn off the engine but leave the key in the ignition so the vehicle can be moved.

- Evacuate the vehicle making sure everyone is in a safe place - on the pedestrian walkway if there is one.

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By Stephen Turvil
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