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Controls Lesson

Controls lesson
Seat adjustment
For obvious reasons the positioning of the Seat is very important. You need to be able to fully push the clutch pedal down without being too close or for your leg to be too stretched. Try and position the seat so that there is a slight bend in your leg when the Clutch is fully depressed. With most cars you are able to adjust the position of the seat from underneath and with a lever on the side of the seat. In some cars the steering can be adjusted up or down with a lever underneath the steering column.


Seat belts and restraints

Seat belts and head restraints
The seatbelts work on an inertia reel that locks the seatbelt tight in the event of sudden breaking or impact. This is so  you stay in your seat , And strapped to the seat. That's preventing spinal and neck damage. Head restraint to do the same thing, and stop your head rolling over the back of the seat in the event of impact or sudden breaking. They should be adjusted so that they are in line with the back of your head. It is no law that they should be fitted to all seats in the car front and back. Even a slow speed impact of around 30 miles an hour, Cause you to move forward and then backwards again with a force that is 10 times your body weight. If your head were to go out over the back of the seat with that force it could break your neck or cause serious damage.

Passenger and driver airbags are fitted to all cars now. Seat belts are now fitted to the back seats also. Baby seats now have to be fitted in the back of a car as it is dangerous to have a baby seat fitted in a front passenger seat with the airbag switched on. If a baby seat has to be in the front of a car then it should be facing seat and not the dashboard. Make sure you turn off the passenger airbag.


car sympathy
Car Sympathy
Make sure all the doors are closed properly before moving off. Many  modern cars Have alarms that bleep if you move off with the door open. Car doors have two stage locks where sometimes the door doesn't seal properly. If you look in the door mirror when you have closed the door the body line should be flat. If not then the door isn't shut properly. Some cars are fitted with child locks for the backseat. If carrying small children make sure the rear doors are locked and cannot be opened while the car is moving.

The accelerator or gas pedal only pushes fuel through the engine it doesn't actually make the car move. If you imagine how are you make tea or coffee using a kettle, the kettle boils the water but it needs electricity to do it. The clutch and the transmission move the car but they can't do it without the accelerator. When using instruction we can hold the accelerator the gas Pedal. So if you hear the instruction less gas or more gas, it's because it's quicker to say when the car is on the move. Always use gentle pressure on the gas pedal and the brake pedal.

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Controls lesson

Brake pedal
Using your right foot for the brake and the gas pedal, The left foot is left for the clutch. So when using the brake pedal lift your foot from the gas and start to press the brakes gently and progressively. Unless it's an emergency stop, always breaking in  good time to make braking smooth and safe for any vehicle behind you. As soon as you put any pressure on the pedal three red lights come on on the back of the car. Anything red to do with driving means danger, for example no entry signs, red traffic light or even patches of red tarmac over dangerous junctions. The footbrake operates on all four wheels as opposed to the handbrake that we will come to in a moment, locks the two back wheels. 

Clutch pedal
The clutch pedal is operated by the left foot. And very simply joins the engine to the transmission and  wheels. So it's actually the clutch That makes it move. Basically consisting of two plates, one of which it's connected to the engine and transmission, the other to the wheels. When the clutch is pushed down the two plates are apart, then Once the car is in gear and the clutch is raised we reach the biting point. You should feel the car start to tug and the bonnet move slightly.. Once you found the biting point keep your foot still whilst setting the gas to around Marktwo on the roof counter. Then once the handbrake is released, you can start to fully release the clutch pedal and allow the car to gently move off.