Driving Lessons Guisborough Part – 4
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Driving Lessons Guisborough – Part 4 is the next article on the top ten reasons people fail their driving tests around Guisborough. There are millions of ways to bungle your test, we’ve whittled it down to the ten most common causes. The top ten we’re released by the DVSA a couple of months ago. We thought it would be a good idea to have a look and try to explain them to you.
Coming in at number 7 on our list is
7. Moving Off Control
What do we mean by Move Off Control
Ok let’s start with explaining what this fault is. Moving Off Control is usually when you go to drive the car off from a stationary position and the vehicle stalls. Although not a great thing to happen on test, it would usually only be marked as a minor or driver fault. (Minor and driving fault are the same thing.)
What’s a stall
A stall is when the car engine cuts out or stops. The main reason for a stall is bringing the clutch up too fast.
Is It a Fail or Driver Fault (minor)
To determine whether the stall would be a major or a minor fault the best thing to help you understand is to think about this –
Would the stall cause danger to anything around you? (moving out into a busy road or roundabout then stalling for example.) If so it would be marked serious!
Would the stall just hold someone up behind you? (slow-moving queue’s or moving off on a green light and stalling.)
If so it would only be marked as a driver fault (minor fault).
If you stalled three or four times then it would most probably go down as a serious fault.
Is it just at the side of the road or can it be anywhere?
When we first saw this was on the top ten list we immediately thought it involved moving off from the side of the road. On test the examiner is going to want to see you pull over safely and move off at least three times. A stall every time could be enough to fail it. You may stop more than 3 times too!
What surprised us was the fault can be marked for other things such as –
Junctions, Pedestrian Crossings, Emergency Stop, Maneuvers, Traffic Lights, etc
Moving Off Control Faults can be marked for any time the vehicle is required to move off from a stationary position. What we notice is that it quite often happens when students are pressured to move off quickly. Most learner drivers don’t like holding people up. Remember the driver behind was a learner once and they don’t know it’s you in front anyway, so take your time!
Some of the times people may rush are –
- Emerging from a T – Junction into the major road
- Emerging onto a roundabout
- In stop-start traffic
- On a green light after the red (especially if you’re the first car in the queue)
- Moving off from the side of the road into traffic
- When people flash, wave or beckon you to move off
Just to stop confusion if the car was to stall because you forget to push the clutch down when stopping it would be marked as a clutch fault.
Guisborough Driving Lessons – Part 4
Hopefully this helps make things a little clearer for you now on Moving Off Control.
With modern advancements in technology, stop-start features on cars are making the stall a lot more manageable. If the engine does cut out but then restarts immediately, it’s quite often not marked at all. How you deal with a stall can affect whether or not it is marked. If you can get the engine turned back on briskly, you may not be marked down at all.
Why not practice stalling on your driving lessons to see how you recover. It might be a great idea to have a practice stall before the test too! Even the best of us can stall when the nerves kick in.
Please use the comment box below if you have any questions and we will get back to you with advice. If you have any funny stories about stalling on test we’d love to hear them.