Theory training model board is one of the most important tools, besides the special Learner Car and Road Sign Charts that are commonly used by driving schools to train new students to master the road. It is also used by examiners during a theory test to determine those who will proceed with the practical test on the actual road. Mastering this training is essential in preparing you for the next level of your training. The board consists of the following:
>The surface is marked with the representation one-way or Two-way roads
>These roads have single lanes for the one-way roads while others can have up to 6 lanes especially the dual carriageway.
>They are connected by a series of junctions and multi-lane roundabouts
>The roads are marked with broken or solid lines which have a special purpose. Some are white while others are yellow.
>There is the angled parking which is complemented with the flush parking lot.
>There is the pedestrian crossing lines or zebra crossing rounded out to help pedestrians cross a busy road while vehicles give way.
>This board has the Important signs which are “STOP!” and
>This board cannot be complete without the training objects that represent cars. They may be toys at home but here at the training school they quite important because students use them to explore the board roads.
What is a two-way Traffic?
Is a road with two lanes divided by the central line and which are in opposite directions. They are usually found where there is less traffic like estates and suburb areas.
What is a one-way Traffic?
A one-way road consists of a road with four or more lanes going in the same direction and another set of the same category going the opposite direction. They are often divided by the Central Reserve which also has exit points for vehicles that may opt to drive back. These exit points are marked with broken white lines which stands for “Give way” to vehicles on the one-way road to proceed until it is safe to join. You are not allowed to make a U-Turn in that Exit section because it will amount to a traffic offence.
The solid white line at Exit Sections
They are usually marked at exit sections where a driver may want to join a Two-Way road. This road mark is a “STOP!” warning sign that warns a driver to look out for the vehicles coming from the right as well as from the left before joining the road.
The broken white line at Exit Sections
Conversely, broken white lines at Exit Sections of the Central Reserve indicate to a driver that he is just about to join a One-Way road and should give way to motorists from the left. It is a give way sign for motorists who want to join a high way and drive back.
Why are some sections of the road marked with the solid line while others are broken?
The central line dividing a two-way road is marked with solid lines and broken lines at different sections. The underlying reason for this is to show motorists at which points they can overtake while on the road. Motorists can overtake at that section marked with the broken central line but cannot do so at sections marked with the solid central line. It is a traffic offence to overtake along a section marked with the solid central line.
What is A Major Road?
A major road consists of 4 or more lanes on each side of the central Reserve and the central Reserve with some sections having exit points to drive back.
What is Minor Road?
Any road that is less important to the one it is joining which can be grouped as Class B Road. They are usually marked with two central lines and can have up to three lanes on each side. Examples are the Three-Lane roads and dual carriageway.
Rules of the Roundabout
At the roundabout, a motorist must observe the following:
> No stopping at the Roundabout
>No changing lanes is allowed at the Roundabout
>No overtaking at the Roundabout
NB: The middle section of the Roundabout is known as Roundabout Island or Traffic Island.
There are two types of parking, the angled parking and the uncontrolled flush parking. In angled parking, a motorist is required to park at the farthest end from the entry point unless others have occupied the lots. In Flush parking, motorists should reverse before parking due spaces left by the already parked vehicles. In case there are no other parked vehicles, you are at liberty to drive straight into the parking lot.
Therefore, understanding the Theory Training Model Board is very essential in ensuring that a driver-trainee attains the standards that can promote him to proceed with the actual road test. If you fail at this stage you must repeat the whole until you master the model board.