At the training location
Only one in three candidates will get the emergency stop exercise so you are not be guaranteed to get it on your practical test. However, if you did, your examiner will pull you up on the left hand side of the road and then will explain to you once you have pulled over.
“I would like you to do the emergency stop exercise. My instruction will be to stop; I will also put my right arm towards the dashboard before I say it. I will also look over my right shoulder to make sure it is safe to do the manoeuvre”.
Before you start the exercise
P.O.M up and drive on when it is clear behind you. When you get your speed up to 25/30mph you will be given the instruction to STOP!! At this point you do not need to check your mirrors, as you should be checking them every 6-10 seconds and know what is behind you. You need quick reactions to stop safely whilst maintaining full control.
Use of pedals
Brake first (footbrake) and then put the clutch down.
If you press the clutch first the car no longer has engine braking as you have separated the engine and gearbox. You will therefore lose efficiency when stopping and it will probably take longer to stop and may become difficult to control.
Timing of reactions
When I give you the instruction of STOP…. I want you to react by using your brakes first then put the clutch down.
An easy way to get the timing right is by Saying STOP in your head. Press the brake on the S
and press the clutch down on the P.
Once you have stopped
Once you have stopped you will be assessed on:-
● The overall time it has taken you to stop.
● The correct use of the brake and the clutch.
● All around observations before you drive on.
Then once the vehicle is safe (handbrake on and the gear is in neutral) you will be asked to drive on.
Make sure you do your P.O.M routine and drive on when it is safe to do so.
Take extra observations before moving away checking both blind spots.