Use of the main controls of the car

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12 Proper use of the main controls of the car

Use of the main car controlsThroughout the test the examiner will be noting the way you use the main controls of the car. Certain control faults are not recorded under this report heading because they relate to a specific manoeuvre such as the turn in the road.

What the examiner is looking for

The examiner is checking that you use the main controls:

Driving faults recorded
12 Control

Accelerator and clutch
What the examiner is looking for

The examiner is looking for you to:

  1. Control and balance the accelerator and clutch together to pull away smoothly or to maintain a slow speed in either forward or reverse gear, or to change gear
  2. Use the accelerator smoothly when accelerating and avoid surging
  3. Depress the clutch just before stopping the car.

When using an automatic car you must use the accelerator smoothly

  1. To avoid surging either forwards or backwards
  2. To control gear changes up the gearbox.

Driving faults recorded
12 Control
Accelerator:

Clutch:

Gears
What the examiner is looking for

The examiner is looking for you to:

  1. Change gear in good time for any hazard
  2. Select the correct gear for the road conditions and the speed you are travelling at.

If driving an automatic and travelling down a steep hill the examiner will expect you to select a low gear.

Driving faults recorded
12 Control
Gears:

Foot brake
What the examiner is looking for

The examiner is looking for you to:

  1. Brake smoothly and in good time
  2. Brake lightly in most situations
  3. Ease off the brake to a smooth stop or when you have reached the required speed.

When driving an automatic car the examiner is checking that you put your right foot on the foot brake before selecting Drive.

Driving faults recorded
12 Control

Foot brake:

Hand/parking brake

What the examiner is looking for

The examiner is looking for you to:

  1. Apply and release the handbrake properly
  2. Apply the handbrake when securing the car after stopping
  3. Apply the handbrake on a gradient to prevent rolling forward/backwards after stopping.

When driving an automatic the parking brake should only be applied after stopping and selecting Park.

Driving faults recorded
12 Control

Handbrake/parking brake:

Steering

What the examiner is looking for

The examiner is looking for you to

  1. Correctly hold the steering wheel at either ten-to-two or quarter-to-three whichever is the most comfortable for you
  2. Have smooth steering movements, using the pull push method
  3. Turn the steering wheel sufficiently and at the correct time when negotiating bends, corners and junctions.

Driving faults recorded
12 Control
Steering:

Striking the kerb when stopping.

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