Sometimes you will need to turn your car round in the road, reverse into a car park bay or a restricted gap.
Similarly, coming out of a t-junction or emerging at a roundabout needs to be done at 2 mph.
1. If you fully engage your clutch the car will move forward or go back at around 5 mph.
2. When in tight situations, you need very good clutch control.
3. Aim to be ready to move off as you stop, finding the holding point quickly.
1. You should understand how the clutch plates affect the speed of the car when you use the clutch pedal.
2. Feel comfortable in the operation of the clutch by, if possible dragging your heel backwards when operating it.
3. Your eyes should read the road well ahead (i.e. junctions on hills) and consider how you make progress in traffic situations (i.e. when moving slowly).
4. Understand the four movements of the left foot when changing gear to prolong clutch life.
5. Practice eco-friendly driving, by engaging the clutch before using the gas pedal.
Engine – Clutch – Gears – Wheels –
Separate the plates
When you press the clutch down fully you will separate the two clutch plates.
This needs to be done so you can select first gear and change up and down through the gears when varying your speed.
When you need to use the clutch, cover the left pedal with your left foot. It is then in the correct place when you need it.
Using the clutch always press it fully down to the floor. You can then select the gear you need to move the car or change the gear to progress.
Engage the plates
What: When you want to move forward or backwards bring clutch up to ‘holding point’.
You must always have control of your vehicle. When preparing to move off the car should be ready before looking round, then signalling and moving.
At junctions and roundabouts you need to be ready to go as you are slowing and/or stopping.
Find the ‘holding point’ by bringing the clutch up to the point where you either hear the engine tone change or feel a slight pull, then push down the thickness of a pound coin.
You need a basic understanding of how the engine connects to the wheels through the clutch and gearbox.
You need to feel comfortable with the noises and effects of what you are doing with the car. This helps you maintain control and it will help you look after your vehicle better.
The engine drives the car through the wheels through the clutch and gearbox in that order.
The connection from the gearbox to the wheels is fixed. When you operate the clutch it connects/disconnects the engine and gearbox. The car can then move of, progress and stop.
You need to separate the clutch plates to engage and change gears as necessary.
This needs to be done to select first gear and change up and down through the gears.
It is possible to change gear using the engine speed although this is a more advanced skill.
Using the clutch, press fully down to the floor. You can then select the gear you need to move the car or change the gear to progress by using the palming technique.
Bring clutch up to ‘holding point’ to move off or change gear smoothly.
To hold the vehicle stationery and ready to move off once it’s safe. It enables a smooth transition between gears on the move as well.
Find the ‘holding point’ by bringing the clutch up until you either hear the engine tone change or feel a slight pull, then push down the thickness of a pound coin.
Ease clutch up thickness of a pound coin slowly to move the car at 1,2,3,4,5 mph.
This enables you to move off smoothly and steer the car comfortably if necessary.
From the ‘holding point’ lift the clutch by about the thickness of a pound coin gradually.
If you are turning left or right such as at T Junctions or roundabouts this should be done at 1 -2 mph the same as manoeuvres.
Why: Once the clutch is engaged fully the pedal has no further function other than to help with the smoothness of the change.
How: Once the pedal has passed through the ‘biting point’ keep lifting until it reaches the top. If you are going to change gear again or you need it to manoeuvre then keep your foot over the clutch, otherwise rest it on the left.
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