Learning to Drive in Blackburn: How to Move Off Safely
As driving instructors, our main priority is to put any pupil at ease as soon as possible. Naturally, new drivers will be nervous as they approach their first driving lesson and there are a few things that you can do to help them.
Of course, one of the first things that you will cover as a pupil is how the car operates, and how you start to move off safely whilst remaining in control. It doesn’t matter whom you learn to drive with in Blackburn, you will cover this on 99% of first driving lessons in Blackburn.
How You Prepare To Move Off:
Before you learn how to move off, your driving instructor will talk you through the vehicle controls such as the clutch, gas (accelerator) and brakes. They may even show you detailed areas of the car such as wipers, any cruise control settings and speed limitation settings, however, there is no need to worry about those for now.
To move off safely, you need to complete the following steps:
- Keep the clutch down fully and put the car into first gear. There may be an occasion when you need to use a higher gear. This only happens if you are starting off on a steep downwards hill. Starting off in a higher gear allows you to maintain better control.
- Apply the gas gently, usually about the thickness of a standard pound coin, although this may vary depending on the age of the vehicle. However, all of our driving instructors in Blackburn have their vehicles checked regularly.
- Once you have applied enough gas, your instructor will encourage you to bring the clutch up slowly. You will feel the car wanting to move at this point.
- The car is now ready to move. Make sure that you have not released the parking break (handbrake) until you have completed the required safety observations.
Making Sure You’re Safe to Start Moving:
Before you begin moving, you’ll need to make sure that it is safe to do so.
You should be checking your mirrors frequently, and even more so if you’re new to driving. Check your interior mirror and wing mirrors retrospectively.
Before you can release the parking brake, you will need to check what we call your blind spot. This is the area positioned over either shoulder. To check this, you need to physically move yourself to look over your relative shoulder.
When you’re ready to move, gently release the parking break whilst checking your surroundings (you never know what may suddenly appear). As the car starts to move, you will need to start increasing the amount of gas being fed into the vehicle. The more gas you apply, the quicker the car will move.
Its always a good idea to ask your driving instructor for a focal point so that you know what to focus on when coming to a stop. This gives you a good idea of how far you’re going to be from the kerb when parking up.
When you’re ready to bring the vehicle to a stop, make sure that you apply your signal. This makes sure that other road users are aware of your intentions. When the vehicle comes to a stop, you need to make sure that you cancel your signal. Failing to do so could mislead other drivers.