Emergency Stop

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Emergency Stop2017-07-24T14:46:50+00:00

This is a step-by-step of how to safely make an emergency stop, including a video.

Emergency stops are a vital part of driving and can prevent accidents and injuries. During your test, the examiner will inform you of the signal they will use when they require you to do an emergency stop, such as raising their hand.

Apply the brakes firmly and fast. Like in most new cars, my driving car has ABS (anti-lock breaking system), which reduces the chance of skidding. Remember: ABS is not a guarantee that your car will not to skid, so be prepared for any eventuality.

As you are breaking very hard, your car would eventually stall, so the clutch needs to be applied immediately after the break pedal. Your car will then come to a stop and you need to apply your hand brake.

Your examiner will then thank you and tell you to move on when you are ready. If you are feeling nervous take a moment at this point to take a deep breath and steady yourself before moving forward. You are in the middle of the road so, before moving off, check all your blind spots and mirrors. Start with the blind spot over your left, then check all your mirrors finishing on the blind spot on your right. If it safe to move off, then continue along the road.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this or watching the video (or both!) and I look forward to seeing you on your next lesson.

Mike McGowan



Driving School