rising junction


UPHILL STARTS…. They can be every learner drivers nightmare. Of course they don’t have to be. The biting point on the clutch is what stops the car rolling back when the brakes have been released. Firstly, look for the bonnet to twitch upwards as you raise the clutch pedal. Importantly though don’t release the pedal completely at that point. Secure the biting point and hold that still. As a helpful tip, try to keep your heel on the floor, that way it is easier to use your foot like a lever. Secondly, add a little gas. If the car has a rev counter, then the needle should read between 1 and 2. At this point, keep both feet still. Release the handbrake and then lift the clutch very slowly whilst addling a little more gas. Balance the two correctly and the car will pull away smoothly.

Always make sure that you pull away safely by making a final check over your shoulder as you pull away. Unless merging into heavy traffic, you don’t need to indicate. If there is a substantial amount of traffic you may need to use the indicator as a plea for another driver to allow you into the queue. In light of the importance of safety for pedestrians, always indicate when pulling up at the kerb.



Car Sympathy


Uphill starts and rising junctions can take their toll on the car. The clutch, if not used properly and with car can suffer a fair bit. More over it is pulling the weight of the car away uphill and when it comes to a rising junction the clutch and gas balance is very important. Firstly, the approach to the junction will set you up properly for when you need to creep forward and then emerge from the junction.

Firstly, as your approach the top of a rising junction then help the car reach the top by slowly down and clicking the gear lever gently into 1st gear about a car length from the end of the road. Second, stop and apply the handbrake. After that, Go through the same procedure as the uphill start. Using clutch control, edge the car forward, keeping the the clutch and gas balanced. As a result you won’t leap out of the junction scaring the other traffic and causing an accident. More importantly, it will open up your zone of vision so you can make a safe decision to emerge from the junction. It’s a fine balance between the clutch and gas pedals but with practice it becomes easy.



Downhill starts are much easier and don’t take the fine balancing act required when emerging or pulling away uphill. Firstly the car can be in 2nd gear as you leave the kerb and merge with the traffic. Keeping your foot on the footbrake, release the handbrake and do all your final checks to make sure it is safe. Then release the footbrake. As a result of rolling downhill, the car will reach the speed for 2nd very quickly, so pulling away in 2nd has many advantages.