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.
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!