Car Control Videos
Tutorials to help learn the basic skills needed to control a car.
A driver will often need to be able to drive slowly, for example when in a traffic queue or urban area. This might look easy to do, but it can be difficult to achieve for a new driver until they get a good understanding of clutch control. This video will look in detail at how to control a car's clutch at low speed, and then use these skills to go for a drive in a tricky urban area.
Being able to steer your car properly is a crucial part of being a safe driver. You must be able to precisely steer your car around any bend or junction you come across whilst staying in the correct road position. In this video we will show you a few steering techniques for different types of bends and junctions. Keep watching right to the end for more bonus footage after the end titles!
Most people learn to drive in a car with a manual gearbox, as they are much more common in the UK - and if we pass our driving test in a manual car then we will be allowed to drive all types of car afterwards. If we want to master driving a car with a manual gearbox we will need to be able to smoothly change up and down gears when needed. To do this we will have to coordinate our hand and feet movements, and even though it may seem difficult at first, keep practising and eventually it will become second nature. This video will show you how to change gears, and suggest a few tips to make it as easy as possible.
A modern car will have at least 5 forward gears, and if we want to drive safely and smoothly in all road and traffic conditions we will need to understand when to change gear. We will need to consider the speed we are driving at, the road we are driving on, and what we want to do next as it will all influence the gear choice we make. This video will show you what we need to think about when changing gears.
Block, or selective gear changing is a modern technique that can save time when changing speed in a car with a manual gearbox. In the past, drivers were taught to change down gears sequentially as they slowed their car down - primarily to avoid overheating their brakes. Now that modern cars have much better braking systems we don't need to do this, and can miss out gears at the appropriate time. This gives us more time to concentrate on the road ahead, and to keep our hands on the steering wheel for longer. In this video we will show how to block change gears, and where it can be useful.
If we want to smoothly drive a car with a manual gearbox, it is essential to have good clutch control. We need to understand what the clutch is doing, know how to use it correctly when driving, and develop the skill of operating the clutch pedal smoothly. In this video we will show you how to master 'clutch control' in a few different situations - so that you can drive smoothly and avoid those embarrassing stalls! Keep watching after the end titles for extra bonus footage!
Knowing when to use the handbrake can be a difficult decision for a new driver, as it can seem like an unnecessary distraction that just makes driving more difficult. However, the appropriate use of the handbrake can actually make driving easier and safer, so this video will show the purpose of the handbrake, when to use it on a driving test, and a few situations when the handbrake can be useful.
Stalling can be a common occurence when learning to drive a car with a manual gearbox. Sometimes a stall can be embarrassing, and sometimes it can lead to danger - so it's best avoided. In this video we will look at the 3 most common situations for stalling - when pulling away, when driving, and when stopping. We will stall our car in each situation, explain why it happened, and then show you how to prevent your car stalling.
There is a lot more to braking a car than simply pressing the brake pedal. An expert driver will be able to read the road ahead and then use good braking technique to smoothly slow or stop the car. However, an inexperienced driver might find themselves often braking their car sharply or stopping with a sudden jolt. This poor braking technique will be uncomfortable for their passengers, increase their brake wear, and could even result in a loss of car control. This video will show how to brake progressively - as this is the safest and smoothest technique for road driving.