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The Driving Companion

Unit 1: Task 5 - Stop and go (using the handbrake)

Learning Outcome

The learner will be able to bring the vehicle to a smooth stop in first gear (manuals only) and, with the aid of the handbrake, immediately move off smoothly while maintaining full control of the vehicle.

Assessment Standard

The learner will accurately perform this task without assistance.
The assessment will be a demonstration on at least two consecutive but separate occasions.


  1. Select the suitable stopping position on the road (eg. - stop lines, positioning for view, proximity to other vehicles);
  2. Check the mirror and (where appropriate) signal intention;
  3. Slow the vehicle smoothly using the footbrake only;
  4. For manuals only, when the vehicle slows to just above stalling speed, push the clutch down;
  5. For manuals only, just as the vehicle is stopping, select first gear;
  6. When the vehicle comes to a complete stop, apply the handbrake (holding the handbrake button in, where possible*) and release the footbrake (right foot placed over accelerator);
  7. Check that it is safe to move off and apply appropriate power (and for manuals, clutch to friction point);
  8. If safe, release the handbrake which results in the vehicle immediately moving off in a smooth manner under full control; and
  9. Perform all steps 1 to 8 in sequence .

*Note - different types of handbrakes

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