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Steering And Changing Gears

Practise steering your vehicle, at low speed at first, keeping about 1 metre (3 feet) from the kerb. Look well ahead, not just at the front of your vehicle. Keep your movements steady and smooth. Never make a sudden or jerky action while steering.

Pull-push technique don't cross your hands on the steering wheel when turning. Use the 'pull-push' technique described earlier. Steering with one hand When you can steer a straight course with both hands on the steering wheel, try steering with only one hand.

The reason for practising steering with one hand isn't so that you can drive like that. It's because there are times when you'll only have one hand free for steering. For example, when you're changing gear or working a switch. Stiffen your arm slightly to help you steer a straight course without pulling the wheel down or swerving. Practise with each hand.

Changing gear

To drive safely, you should combine knowing

    1. How to change gear
    2. When to change gear
    3. and which gear to select


These are skills which take time to acquire. The gear positions You need to know the various positions of the gear lever without having to look down. You can practise and get to know the gear position with the clutch disengaged and the engine switched off. A light but firm touch should be all you need to move from one gear to another. Never force the gear lever. On some gearboxes you might require slight pressure to overcome the sprung bias on the lever when you're changing gear.

First to second You might need to put a little pressure to the left on the gear lever when you change up from first to second gear. This is to prevent the lever slipping into fourth while passing through neutral.

Third to fourth Similarly, you might need to put a little pressure to the right when you change from third to fourth gear. Again, you might need to put slight pressure to the left when you change down from third or second to first to the right changing down from fifth or fourth to third.

To first You may need to put slight pressure to the left when you change down from third or second to first To fifth You will need to put pressure to the right when you change up to fifth gear. Don't force the gear lever If you feel resistance, don't force the gear lever into any position.

Don't

rush gear changes take your eyes off the road when you change gear coast with the clutch pedal pressed in, or the gear lever in neutral hold the gear lever longer than necessary.

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