Correct Procedure for moving off from the side of the road.
Get a biting point (explained separately)
Now look all around making sure you turn your head around usually from left to right. I say usually because in most cases in this country we are parked up on the left side of the road. We need to be looking on the side with the pavement first (This is so that what you see on the side that where the traffic is flowing is, the last picture you see before moving off.) and only then swivel all round to the other side. Looking behind you on both pavements. Please remember that it is not enough to only look in your mirrors but actually swivel around on both sides to be able to cover the blind spots too, and glancing in each mirror as you pan around.
Now give your signal(this will be modified for the more experienced learner.)
release the hand brake (parking brake)
As the vehicle moves off keep the feet steady (Do not release the clutch or the gas) until the vehicle has covered approximately 1 to 1.5 car lengths and only then release the clutch and increase the accelerator. – Remember if you are on an uphill slope and the car does not move on release of the hand brake, DO NOT bring the clutch higher, instead increase the amount of gas applied.
Now gently steer into the road and cancel the signal after a glance into the mirrors.
Correct procedure for pulling up on the side of the road.
To begin with if you decide that you need to pull up on the side of the road, the first thought that should come to your mind is whether it is safe to do so. Yes your right, the way to ascertain the safety is to use your mirrors.
Next step is to now look for a safe and legal place to stop. ( A list of places where you cannot stop is provided separately). Remember when choosing a place to stop adequate time must be provided to go through the correct procedure as outlined here. Pulling up without giving adequate time for each part of the procedure is wrong and quite often results in an accident that could be quite serious depending on the speeds of the traffic around you.
After you have found your spot, check the corresponding mirrors ( in this case the internal and the left wing mirror) and then give your signal. Remember do not slow down till you have given your signal, you are also checking to see if there may be a two wheeler trying to sneak through on the left. Your signal could put the rider in doubt causing him to take drastic action. Which based on his/her skill and level of expertice could result in an accident. Hence there may be occasions when you may have to abandon the idea of stopping, in the interest of another road users safety. This would constitute good and considerate driving. (I say you may have to abandon the idea of stopping because sometimes the window of opportunity to signal may pass in order for you to stop at the place you have chosen and going any further might take you into an area not safe or legal to pull up in.)
After you have signalled, you may now take your foot off the gas and start slowing down. While moving over to the side. Aim to come down to 1st gear speed about two car lengths before the spot you want to stop at and then change to 1st gear.
Now release all pedals and adjust the steering in order to bring the vehicle as close to the curb as possible without touching the curb.
Once you are happy with the position hold the steering steady, put the clutch down fully and apply the break firmly but progressively. Remember you only start with putting the clutch down before applying the brake in this case because you are in 1st gear and moving very slowly. At all other speeds and gears you have to brake first and then clutch down only when ready to change gears or, in the more experienced stages of your training, for an emergency or quick stop.
After you have come to a complete halt, do not take your feet off the pedals until you have first secured your vehicle by putting the parking brake on and then moving the gear lever to neutral.
The last thing to do is to turn your indicator off, if still flashing.
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Note – No Stopping Areas
Near a school entrance
Anywhere you would prevent access for Emergency Services
At or near a bus or tram stop or taxi rank
On the approach to a level crossing/tramway crossing
Opposite or within 10 metres (32 feet) of a junction, except in an authorised parking space
Near the brow of a hill or hump bridge
Opposite a traffic island or (if this would cause an obstruction) another parked vehicle
Where you would force other traffic to enter a tram lane
Where the kerb has been lowered to help wheelchair users and powered mobility vehicles
In front of an entrance to a property
On a bend
Where you would obstruct cyclists’ use of cycle facilities
except when forced to do so by stationary traffic.