Hill Driving – How To Drive And Stop (Manual)

February 13, 2017 at 10:19 PM


In a manual car, driving up a hill will require you to use a lower gear as well as use more accelerator than when driving on a flat surface at the same speed. Revs also need to be kept high enough when changing gears.

Driving downhill, on the other hand, means that braking takes longer to stop the car. It is also easier for the car to go faster than you intend, so keep an eye on your speed.

Stopping on hills

The procedure for stopping on hills is as follows:

  • Check your mirrors.
  • Signal left.
  • Focus on where you want to stop.
  • Remove your foot from the accelerator.
  • Apply the brake gently.
  • Press in the clutch when the car is about to stop.
  • Engage the handbrake and leave the car in 1st gear if you’re facing up the hill or in reverse when facing downhill.
  • Angle your wheels so that they are facing the kerb.

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