How to do Moving Off

You should normally use 1st gear for moving off except when moving off down a steep hill, then it may be best to use 2nd gear.

The examiner on your driving test will expect you to:-
Move off safely and under control on a level road, from behind a parked vehicle and on a gradient
Use the MSM routine
Check your blindspot for traffic and pedestrians
Make balanced use of the accelerator, clutch, brakes and steering
Use the appropriate gear


Get ready to move - Take your first look to the front and into the mirrors for traffic and pedestrians and then get yourself ready to move.

Press the clutch down as far as it will go.

Select first gear.

‘Set the gas’ (press the gas pedal slightly and then hold it still). Press it to generate sufficient power to move. Listen to the engine noise. Don't let the engine roar!

Bring the clutch up until the sound of the engine drops slightly and then keep both feet still (this is called the ‘biting point’)

Check it's safe - Look in your interior and door mirrors again and look round to check the blind spots (the areas you are unable to see in the mirrors). Be prepared to wait if the coast is not clear. Decide if you need to signal. The rule about signals in any circumstances is that they should be given "to help other road users". If there is not the slightest chance of any-one being affected by you moving off, including oncoming traffic and pedestrians, there is no point in signalling. But if there is any sign of life anywhere near you, why risk it?

Have your hand on the handbrake ready for release.

Move away - It's safe. Let's go. Are you 100 per cent sure? Check the blind spot again by looking over your right shoulder and release the handbrake. The car should slowly move forwards. If the car doesn't move, let the clutch up a little more.

To increase your speed, press the gas pedal gently and gently raise the clutch and take your foot away from the clutch pedal. You will need to change into 2nd gear soon after moving away.

Now you are on your way - Keep to the left, unless road signs or markings indicate otherwise. The exceptions are when you want to overtake, turn right or pass parked vehicles or pedestrians in the road.

Practice makes perfect, so get plenty of practice from a Approved Driving Instructor

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