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…

Pulling Over To The Side Of The Road

As a new driver, it’s important that you are able to return your vehicle to the kerb and bring it to a stop safely without interfering with the flow of traffic. Below is the routine you should follow every time you are pulling over: Look for a safe place ahead to stop. Check your mirrors.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Moving Off In A Manual Car – How To

It can be quite difficult to smoothly move off when driving a manual car. It is, therefore, important that you practice adequately to ensure that you’re able to do it in traffic. Here are the steps for moving off smoothly in a manual vehicle: Press the clutch in and shift to the first gear. Press…

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…