As a new driver, you’re often excited to get behind the wheel and start learning. Unfortunately you’re not going to be on the main roads just yet as your first driving lesson usually covers a few basic checks and safety introductions.
When you first start learning to drive, your driving instructor in London will introduce himself/herself and give you a brief tour of the vehicle, explaining what each instrument is and how it works.
They will then show you the basic vehicle controls such as the clutch, gas and brake. If they are teaching you in a modern vehicle, they may show you how the new “parking brake” works. Unlike traditional handbrakes, these are now made into smaller switches usually on the driver’s console.
How Do I Move Without Stalling:
First things first – if you do stall, it isn’t a problem, it happens with most completely new drivers. After all, you’ve never driven a car before, your learning. The best way to learn is to make mistakes.
To start with, you need to make sure that you’re ready to start moving off.
You’re not going to be going anywhere unless you have the car in gear, so lets make sure we get that sorted and that you’re comfortable with the clutch.
You’ll need to have the clutch placed firmly down and slip the shifter into first gear. Make sure you don’t bring your foot off the clutch just yet as the car made shoot forward and stall.
Start to apply the gas into the car. Press the pedal down no further than an inch and start to bring the clutch pedal up slowly. The key is to get a balance between the two.
You will know when the car is ready to move because the “biting point” will emerge. You’ll feel the car wanting to move forward – when this happens, don’t panic – its normal.
Checking Its Safe To Go:
Now you have the car primed and ready to start going, you need to make a few final safety checks.
The car that you’re learning to drive in contains multiple mirrors. During your driving lessons in Oxford you’ll need to make sure that you use these frequently.
Your instructor will teach you how to effectively make observations and use your mirrors over the coming weeks.
Anyway… making observations before moving off:
Check your interior mirror and wing mirrors for any signs of passing cars, animals or pedestrians. Once this is complete, you’ll need to check your blind spot.
The blind spot is the area of the car that is not visible with the use of mirrors. To check your blind spot you will need to physically turn your head and check over your shoulders for any signs of potential hazards.
If you have completed all of the required safety checks and observations, keep the vehicle at the biting point and slowly release the parking brake. The car will start to move forward.
If you’re parked next to a kerb (most likely) you’ll need to provide a signal before you move to show your intentions. As you move, start increasing the amount of gas put into the car in order to speed up. Remember to abide by any speed limitations in place.
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