Russ Chaplin driving lessons Nottingham. Thoughts and ramblings from a guy who teaches people to drive. As one of the many Nottingham driving instructors out on the road I see a few things and learn about life. It's an interesting job working with driving schools all day every day. If you want lessons you can call me on 07932 458838.
Monday, 23 December 2013
Make Friends With The Handbrake
It's there to help you!
handbrake sometimes seems like a thing of mystery to people taking
driving lessons. Unable to decide whether to use it or not they will
put it on at every stop or in some cases never use it at all.
handbrake only works on the back two wheels whereas the foot brake
works on all four wheels. It's for this reason that the handbrake is
not used for actually stopping the car. Don't reach down while moving
and yank it on hard to bring the car to a harsh stop. Keep both hands
on the wheel, stop using the foot brake and then apply the handbrake
to hold the car steady.
the handbrake as a tool to use for your convenience. If you pull up
on a hill you will need to use it to hold the car still while you
sort out the gas and biting point. If you don't use it the car will
roll back while you flip your foot from the brake to the gas. For
learners this can result in panic and stalling. I really don't like
the car to roll backwards, especially if there is a vehicle behind.
won't need the handbrake if you are not waiting and are moving off
downhill. In this case the car will roll in the direction you want to
go. Allowing the car to roll before getting the biting point actually
makes moving off earlier.
use the handbrake if you are waiting at a pedestrian crossing. That
way if you are shunted from behind you won't be pushed forward into
people crossing in front of you. Always press the button in before
lifting the lever. I can't abide that ratchet sound.