Moving off - 2
Keep your speed up with the traffic, selecting the correct gears for the conditions.
Clutch, brakes, accelerate smoothly, observing traffic all time, careful of road positioning, tidy in lane, clear
of parked cars, stopping at junctions and lights. Assess the need to apply the handbrake and put the gearbox into
neutral at each halt. If more than 20-30 seconds wait - handbrake, gears.
Look out for people still sitting in the cars parked on your left, they may open a door or
suddenly pull out without looking or indicating.
Place the car carefully, clear of parked cars yet to left of centre line. On narrow roads it may
be necessary to compromise the space you leave on your left but be very alert if doing so and watch out for
cyclists moving in on your left.
Allow time to plan arrival at the traffic lights, which lane you are in, stop clear enough
of car in front so you can see its wheels on the road. Is the stop long enough to need the use of the
handbrake? Gearbox to neutral. Prepare to move off as the lights start to turn green.
Usually clear road markings advising you of directions or hazards... Look out, take note, they are there to help
Remember “rubber on the road”.....
Article © Graham Benge 2007