Being a good driver involves tailoring your driving to the surrounding conditions — whether you’re faced with bad weather, poor visibility, or simply driving at night. Driving in poor conditions requires you to be even more cautious than you normally would — you should drive slower than the speed limit, maintain additional space between your car and the car in front of you and be very careful around twists and bends.
If it’s dark, foggy or raining, you should also remember to turn on your lights — you need to be seen if you want to avoid getting hit! Remember to stop and clean off fogged or iced windows to improve visibility. A surface treatment (such as “Rain-X”) can help to improve visibility through rained-on glass. Of course, the safest thing to do is to avoid driving in poor weather conditions altogether. If there’s very bad rain, snow or ice on the road, you should consider staying at home if possible.
A taxicab-driver must learn these routes, as well as the ‘points of interest’ along and within 1/2 mile of each end of those routes including streets, squares, clubs, hospitals,hotels, theatres, embassies, government and public buildings, railway stations, police stations, courts, diplomatic buildings, important places of worship, cemeteries, crematoria, parks and open spaces, sports and leisure centres, places of learning, restaurants and historic buildings.
The Knowledge includes details such as the order of theatres on Shaftesbury Avenue, and the names and order of the side streets and traffic signals passed on a route. There are a number of Knowledge Schools that provide books, maps and classroom tuition which help Knowledge students to learn the 320 runs and points of interest.