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Summary: A training film for RAF vehicle drivers based on the Highway Code as published in the late 1940s. Many examples of staged minor incidents to encourage an awareness whilst at the wheel.
Description: Film opens with scenes in the motor section of an RAF station, where drivers are completing the routine daily checks on their vehicles prior to setting out to work. A driving instructor and his pupil approach a line of Humber saloon cars, select one of them (RAF 209850) and get in. The instructor runs through the initial checks before moving off; mirrors, seat, etc. Initially the instructor drives the car, explaining what he is looking for to ensure a smooth journey; use of hand signals when under way; blind bends – caution and anticipation; policeman on traffic duty – signal your intention to him. A series of incidents depicting bad drivers/driving are seen. They pause awhile at a level crossing and watch the traffic; lorry nearly hits opening car door; ‘halt’ sign ignored at the junction of major cross roads. ‘Patience is a great virtue’ quotes the instructor. The RAF pupil exchanges seats with the instructor, and he prepares to drive off.
Film cuts to driving in snow conditions; proper use of throttle and clutch to minimise risk of skidding; gentle on the brakes. Examples shown of driving in snow/ice conditions. Cut back to pupil/instructor entering a 30mph zone; beware of children darting across the road; don’t always believe others’ signal to you to proceed – you decide if the advice is good; use extra caution – more to be aware of – in urban conditions. Film closes as the instructor sums up what makes a good driver.