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Consideration for other road users

Consideration for other road users, in particular pedestrians and cyclists

Taking other roads users into consideration, anticipation and correct practices are important skills for a safe driver. They are also tested in the driving examination.

Pedestrians and cyclists

You notice the intentions of pedestrians and cyclists at pedestrian crossings and when approaching intersections. You are able to prepare for unexpected situations, especially those associated with such special groups as children and elderly


Other vehicles: mopeds, motorcycles, light quadricycles, heavy traffic and trams

You are able to identify different groups of road users and their special characteristics. You are able to take into consideration the effects of these special characteristics on the traffic flow. You are able to interact with other vehicle categories and road user groups.


Making observations and using mirrors

You understand the importance of making active and correctly timed observations for safe interaction in all traffic situations. You observe what is happening in traffic in front of you, on both sides and behind you. You are fully aware of the blind spots around you and identify immediate and potential danger spots.



You are familiar with the various ways of interacting with other road users. You understand the importance of timely and safe signalling in different traffic situations. In particular, this applies to communicating with pedestrians and cyclists.



You are able to take other road users into consideration by allowing enough space for oncoming traffic and overtaking vehicles. You maintain a safe distance to other road users in all situations, also when you are reducing your speed and joining or exiting the motorway. You know how to use your lights correctly in all situations. In exceptional situations and emergencies, you can take over control of the vehicle’s functions from driver assistance systems (including lane departure warning systems, speed limiters and cruise control).


Right-of-way rules

You observe the right-of-way rules and understand why observing them is important for traffic safety. You know how to indicate your intention to yield by reducing your speed and stopping if necessary. You are able to show flexibility concerning your own rights when required.



You know what to do in emergencies.
Finnish Red Cross’ first aid instructions


Traffic control, traffic rules and road signs

You know the traffic rules and traffic signs and understand why observing them is important for road safety.


Effect of the traffic environment

You are aware of the various risks inherent in different traffic environments, including urban areas, roads in the vicinity of schools or building sites and motorways, and the different types of observation and interaction with other road users required by them.



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