The three free videos below are taken from The Learner Driving Guide’s Manual Syllabus.
The Manual Syllabus includes 75 videos with detailed commentary, spread over our 42 comprehensive lessons. Our lessons include planners and images of all driving manoeuvres, teaching you step-by-step. Each lesson identifies tips for you to use and potential hazards to look out for.
Everything in the DVSA syllabus is covered; helping you to pass the practical driving test and become a calm, confident and safe driver for life.
This section shows you how to move off correctly; gain the correct road position; drive a short distance and pull up in a safe and legal position.
Q: How do I move off correctly and bring my vehicle to a stop in a safe and convenient position?
A: The video below will teach you all the knowledge you will need to move away and stop safely. You will also be shown how this knowledge is put into practice.
The diagrams show how to move off safely using what is called a 6-point check; We will implement your new found knowledge of clutch control to get the car moving. You will learn how you can check your spatial awareness and what your correct driving position is. We will demonstrate how you can find these positions yourself, with a few key pointers; once you start to use these pointers regularly, it will become second nature to you.
To finish, you will learn how to successfully park your vehicle without stalling and position your vehicle in a safe and convenient position. You will learn what a CAMBER is and, once your vehicle has stopped, you will be shown how to secure the vehicle safely.
Moving off and stopping – flat surface
Moving off and stopping – uphill
Moving off and stopping – parked car
1. Once the vehicle is prepared, always perform a 6-point safety check.
2. Gently steer your steering wheel towards 2 o’clock until the kerb edge is at your quarter windscreen.
3. Counter steer your steering wheel back to 10 o’clock until your vehicle is straight and in the correct road position, 1 metre away from the kerb.
4. Plan at least 6-8 car lengths ahead to find a SAFE, CONVENIENT AND LEGAL PLACE TO PARK.
5. Gently steer your steering wheel back to 10 o’clock until the kerb edge is back to half windscreen, then counter steer the steering wheel back to 2 o’clock. Once straight – 12 o’clock.
6. Once parked, secure your vehicle by applying the handbrake, placing the gearstick back in neutral and turning the engine off.
Please make sure you always perform your 6-point safety check before moving off. Check your biting point is correct and revs are at the correct level for the situation. Hold your feet still before you release your handbrake. It is very important for you to know your reference points, as this will ensure you are in the correct road position and have the correct safe distances. Make sure to:
- Always brake before you put the clutch down when parking downhill.
- Always judge the camber of the road.
- Always secure your vehicle before leaving and check your blind spot before you exit the vehicle.
Do not press your clutch down before braking, as this will increase the speed of the car and can lead to approaching the kerb too quickly.
By not using the pull/push steering technique you can lose control of your vehicle’s steering and endanger everyone around you.
Not parking in a safe, legal and convenient position – i.e. blocking driveways, too far away from the kerb or unparallel – can affect other road users’ safety.
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