Emergency Stop

Emergency Stop

After a few minutes of driving, the examiner said, “Would you pull up along here on the left, please?” There was a long stretch of the clear kerb so I just pulled up at the side of the road, being careful not to bang the kerb. Just before I stopped I put the clutch down so as not to stall the engine.

I had been told it was not necessary to use the gears if I knew I was going to stop.
Since May 4th 1999, the emergency stop is included in only one in every three tests. Its only reason for inclusion is to ensure it is still being taught.
Listen to the instructions, which will be given to you whilst parked at the side of the road.

“Shortly, I shall ask you to carry out an emergency stop” He raised his right arm, outstretched his hand, and said loudly, “STOP”, and went on, “When I give this signal, I’d like you to stop as quickly and as safely as possible.

Before giving the signal I shall look round to see if it is safe, but please wait for the signal before doing the exercise, do you understand the instructions?”. Then, “Drive on when you’re ready, please”.

When you get the previously demonstrated signal, and not before, unless a real emergency happens, just do a rapid, controlled stop, wherever you are. Don’t try to use “Cadence” braking (banging the pedal up and down). It is incredibly difficult to do properly and should be used only where the road is extremely slippery, not just wet.

You will take much longer to stop, and it can also be quite dangerous for the examiner’s back!

We drove on for a couple of minutes. The examiner looked around and saw the car I already knew was behind, from my use of the mirrors. I almost involuntarily went for the pedals. Wait for it, I thought! He looked around again, then suddenly –
“STOP!”

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