Moving off safely - manual transmission
After you have performed your cockpit drill, you should make sure it is safe to start the engine of your car. To do this, ensure you are in neutral by pushing the gear stick from left to right. If it is in neutral then it should move around 3 inches from left to right. If still in gear, the gear stick will move very little from left to right. Then ensure the handbrake has been applied by giving it a gentle tug upwards. You are looking to see if the handbrake is raised and is tense. Once you have made these checks, you can start the car.
Before moving the car off however, you must ensure that it is safe to do so by doing the appropriate observations. Check the road ahead and behind you using your main and a right side mirror. See Tips to avoid common driving test mistakes for further information on mirrors. It is also very important to have a good look around checking blind spot to your right as there could be a cyclist that couldn't be seen by your mirrors. Now you can make the decision if it is safe for you and others to move off and whether it is necessary and beneficiary for others to give a signal to the right before moving. Providing you take the appropriate observations before moving off, you can indicate even if no one will benefit.
Now that we have established that it is safe to move off and indicate if necessary, release the handbrake. The car may start to slowly move forward. If it doesn't then very slowly bring the clutch pedal up around the width of a one pound coin. Apply gentle pressure to the gas pedal. Gently steer to the right to the middle of your side of the road. This will be around 1 meter from the curb on your left. Once you are happy with your position, gently steer left to straighten up the car.
Parking up on the left
Now that we are on the move, we are going to try parking the car. Please see our tutorial for parking up on the left.