Downhill Hill Starts (Manual Car)

Hill starts when facing down the hill are a little bit easier as gravity will be working with you rather than opposing you. Being a hill start, however, there’re still a couple of steps you need to follow to ensure you do it correctly and safely. Follow these steps once you’re ready to start moving:…

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Uphill Hill Start (Manual Car)

Hill starts when facing uphill can be a bit challenging in a manual vehicle because gravity will be working against you. For practising this manoeuvre, choose a slope that is not too steep and with adequate space behind you, just in case your car rolls back. Follow these steps once you’re ready to start: Pull…

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Blind Spots – What Are They?

Blind spots are large areas around your vehicle that you can’t see by just looking forward or checking your mirrors. The major blind spots for a car are located along each side slightly behind the driver. Sometimes there are others depending on the vehicle. You can minimise the blind spots for your car by adjusting…

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The 12-second Rule

When you are driving, it’s always ideal to scan the road 12 seconds ahead of you. This means you need to look at where your car will be in the next 12 seconds. It might seem like a long distance, but being aware of what is happening some distance down the road can help you…

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Checking For Hazards When Driving

A hazard is basically anything that you will need to react to in order to avoid an accident. There are 2 types of hazards, hidden and visible hazards. Visible hazards are those that you can easily see such as a cyclist on a narrow road or potholes, while hidden hazards are those that you can’t…

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Using Your Indicators

Signalling might seem like a small, unimportant part of driving, but failing to do it could cause serious problems. That’s because signalling informs other road users (pedestrians and cyclists included) which direction you’re heading in. You should always indicate when: You want to pull out from, or return to, the kerb. Leaving or entering a…

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How To Start a Car

It sounds pretty obvious, knowing how to start a car, but there are a couple of things that you’ll need to remember before you turn the key to ensure a safe and successful engine start. Before you start the car: 1.       Make sure the handbrake is engaged. 2.       Press the clutch until it is all…

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How To Steer A Car

While driving, your hands should always be kept firmly on the steering wheel in the quarter to three position. You should always remember to: Never cross your hands when making turns. Pass the steering wheel from one hand to the other to avoid crossing arms. Hold the wheel firmly but not too firmly. Ensure your…

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Cheap Driving Schools – Do They Exist?

Driving; one of the most important skills you need to learn as an adult. Although important, learning this skill is, however, a bit costly which has led to a lot of people looking for a cheaper way to acquire it. Because after all, everybody loves a good bargain. Cheap driving schools, do they exist? Not…

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5 Reasons To Book Professional Driving Lessons

When it comes to driving lessons, passing your license exam shouldn’t be the only thing you’re worried about. Proper driver training should instil the right skills and attitudes to keep you confident and safe on the road. A lot of would-be drivers chose to get driving lessons from friends or family. Although there’s nothing illegal…

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Take Proper Care of Your Car Tyres

The importance of maintaining the quality of your tyres Did you know that only 22% of drivers check the condition of their tyres before embarking on a long road journey? Over time, tyres will diminish in quality from usage, and they will diminish in quality much faster if you observe bad driving habits such as…

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Driving Courses – What To look For

Learning to drive is perhaps one of the most important things a person will learn to do in their adult life. There’re several reasons you might be looking to learn how to drive through a professional course,  and it is important that the course provides the skill you were looking to acquire, as well as…

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All Star Driver Training FAQs

Q: What is the ideal first car? A: A small to medium sized car with good all round visibility Q: What to check for when buying a car? A: Mileage, Age, safety features, service history, purchase price, and the running cost Q: Is a car’s safety rating of any importance? A: Yes: We recommend buying…

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