Controlling your car

I repeatedly hear this phrase from my driving instructor: “Most important thing? Make the automobile perform as you like.

It’s luck that you haven’t struck anyone yet when you first start driving since it feels like you’re drifting down the road at an uncontrollable velocity.

The actual work of driving begins once you’re comfortable with the controls: understanding all the regulations that keep everyone on the road safe. We’ll discuss that soon.

The pedals

You’ll use the accelerator, foot brake, and clutch pedals located on the floor of the driver’s side of your automobile to manage the vehicle’s power and speed.

Please get familiar with your pedals because your automobile won’t move without them.

the speedometer

The accelerator, sometimes known as “the gas,” is located on the far right pedal, and you should always press with your right foot.

Your accelerator is what you use to make your car accelerate; it does exactly what it says on the tin. The engine runs faster, and your automobile moves faster the more you depress the accelerator.

Remember that the pedal is sensitive. Foot placement is crucial to maintain control because all it takes to move quicker is slightly depressing your foot. Place your right heel on the car’s floor and lightly press the accelerator with your foot’s ball and toes.

the foot restraint

Your foot brake is located between your three pedals. Two red lights at the back of your car will turn on automatically when you use them to warn traffic behind you.

The foot brake and the accelerator should be used with your right foot (which makes sense because if you’re trying to accelerate and brake simultaneously, something’s wrong!).

To stop the car, gently depress the foot brake pedal rather than stomp on it. It will enable you to stop safely and smoothly, giving you enough time to plan your next move and giving other road users a chance.

the coupling

You must shift into higher gear when you accelerate your car. Like when you wish to slow down, you must change a bag to slow down your vehicle.

Changing the gears:

  • Release your clutch.
  • Placing the gearstick in the appropriate position
  • Gradually engage the clutch again and increase the speed a bit.

Your automobile will make a terrible grinding noise if you try to change gears without the clutch engaged, and you must hire the grip if you want to stop the vehicle.

It would be best if you didn’t have your foot in contact with the clutch at all other times. Your ability to control your car depends on it being in gear, and if your grip is depressed, your car isn’t in the bag.

Coasting is risky because you have less vehicle control when you keep your clutch pedal depressed while driving.

The brake pedal

When you’re going to be stopped for more than a few seconds, you need to use your handbrake. Small things like avoiding rolling back into a Porsche can benefit from this.

Your handbrake provides additional protection because you can be confident that your car won’t be moving while engaged. If you’re delayed in traffic, it also allows your feet to take a brief break.

Remembering your handbrake is crucial when coming to a stop on a climb. Your examiner may pull up and move off again during your test on a hill, and they’ll be looking to check how effectively you use your handbrake.

Because you don’t have to worry about releasing the brake too soon, you can concentrate on locating your biting point and squeezing the throttle during hill starts. Since I live on a slope, the handbrake and I get along great.

the wheel of the vehicle

We’ve discussed how to start your automobile and direct it to move in the direction you wish. Underrated.

To give you the most control, put your hands in the 10 and 2 positions on the clock face that is your steering wheel.

Try to feed the wheel through your hands as you spin it rather than turning with your arms crossed. This method is safer than tying your arms together because your hands always remain on the steering wheel.


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