Stopping A Car Tutorial

Before stopping, you should always ask yourself: is it safe? Is it legal? Is it convenient? If you answer no to any of the questions, you should continue ahead and find somewhere else to park.

During the driving test, when asked to stop the car, the examiner will ask you to pull up and stop at a convenient place on the left side of the road. You will not be expected to do this immediately. You will be required to use your judgment and pull up in a place where you will not be endangering, inconveniencing, or obstructing anyone.

On your driving test, when stopping, the examiner will expect you to:

Stopping On The Left

Stopping A Car On The Left


Normal braking should be commenced lightly, increased to a steady pressure, then reduced to nothing as the wheels come to a stop. The whole process should be safe, smooth, and controlled. To learn about emergency stops.

Avoid braking on bends - the force applied when braking must not be greater than tyre grip - otherwise, you will skid. When driving around a corner additional force is applied to the tyres, as the weight of the car is thrown outwards as well as forwards. This reduces the tyres ability to grip the road, so if you brake too harshly when taking a bend, the chances of putting the car into a skid greatly increase. When braking hard, you should always try and do so when travelling in a straight line.

Road Surfaces affect braking - always take into account the road surface you are driving on. A road covered with loose chippings or mud can make skidding more likely, and increase stopping distances, as can wet roads, and roads with poor or badly maintained surfaces.

Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) - senses the tyres locking up under braking and before it occurs and causes a skid, releases sufficient pressure to avoid it. The biggest advantage of ABS is that it lets you change direction while braking hard, which allows you to steer to avoid impact. Most cars now have ABS.


Key Signs

Controlled parking Zone

Entrance into a controlled parking zone

Parking Zone Ends

End of controlled parking zone

Parking for motorcycles

Parking place for solo motorcyclists

Permit Only Parking

Parking restricted to permit holders

No Stopping

No stoppin

No Waiting

No waiting

Double Yellow Line

A double yellow line indicates no waiting or parking at anytime

Single Yellow Line

A single yellow indicates no waiting or parking during times shown. The times shown will be on a sign near-by

Bus Stop

Bus stop. You must not park or stop at a bus stop

Keep Clear

Keep clear - do not block this part of the roa

Loading Bay

Loading bay - keep clear

Doctor Parking Space

Parking space reserved for vehicles named

Restricted Parking

Waiting or parking is limited to the duration specified during the days and times shown

School No Parking

School Entrance. No parking or waiting

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