Sunday, 28 July 2013

Normal Road Position

Usually, the best position for the car is in the centre of your lane, this avoids being too close to the pavement and vehicles on the other side of the road. If the road is particularly wide, then position yourself about one metre (or three feet) from the kerb.

Common Faults

When they start driving, a lot of learners find themselves too close to the middle of the road, almost hugging the centre line. Your hands will move the car to where your eyes are looking, so look at where you want the car to be.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Moving Off

If this seems difficult to do at first, it is only because it is the first thing you learn about driving. Usually, you will start from a zero knowledge base and won’t be used to the car. Eventually, you will do this without much thought at all.

As there are lots of separate elements to moving off and they have to be done in a certain order, it helps to break the task in to three areas – prepare, observe and move (or POM, for short)

Prepare – Put down the clutch all the way then press the gas until you can hear the engine, although it shouldn’t be too loud. When you are happy with the gas level, move the clutch to the biting point. You will know when you are there when the noise of the engine changes slightly. Please note that if the car starts to pull or the back end moves up, the clutch is too high so lower it until the engine sounds normal.

Observe – Look all around the car. The easiest way is to start from the left blind spot and move your head round to look in all your mirrors, the road ahead and the right blind spot. If it is safe to move but you think there is someone who might need to know you are moving, consider a signal.

Move – Release the handbrake, add a bit more gas and move the clutch up slowly all the way to the top.

Common Faults 

Many drivers signal while waiting for traffic to pass before they move. This could make another driver think you are about to move and force them to slow down. If you need to signal, only put it on just before you take off the handbrake. 

After you start to move, it is tempting to move the clutch up too quickly. The gears and engine are still ‘getting to know each other’ so try to resist temptation and bring the clutch up slowly all the way to the top. Do this, and the car will move off smoothly and Mum and Dad will be impressed!

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Welcome to my blog!

Welcome to my blog. In the coming weeks and months, I will use it to write tutorials to support your driving lessons. It can be used to revise what you have already learned, answer any questions you think of when you are not in the car, or find advanced information about the next topic to be covered. Your parents can also use it to help them make the most out of your private practice.

I hope you find it useful.