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The Driving Companion

Unit 2: Task 9 - Moving off uphill

Learning Outcome

  1. The learner will be able to smoothly stop and secure the vehicle on any reasonable uphill gradient; and
  2. The learner will be able to move off competently and safely on any reasonable uphill gradient while in full control of the vehicle without stalling or rolling backwards.

Assessment Standard

The learner will accurately perform parts 1 and 2 of this task together without assistance.

The assessment will be a demonstration on at least two consecutive but separate occasions.


Stopping and securing the vehicle on a hill
  1. Select a suitable safe and legal place on the uphill gradient to stop;
  2. Check the centre mirror, then the left mirror (for bicycle riders etc.) and signal left;
  3. Smoothly slow the vehicle (to just above engine idle speed) using the footbrake operated by the right foot;
  4. (For manuals) push the clutch down just before reaching engine idle speed to prevent stalling while maintaining light pressure on the footbrake.
  5. Bring the vehicle to a smooth stop without jerking the vehicle;
  6. Check that the vehicle has stopped  (as above) and correctly apply the park brake to prevent rolling;
  7. Select 'Neutral' (manuals) or 'Park' (automatics), then release the brake pedal , then (for manuals) release the clutch;
  8. Perform all steps 1 to 7 in sequence; and
  9. Cancel any signal after stopping.
Moving off uphill
  1. If the park brake is not applied, correctly apply it;
  2. Check the centre mirror, then the right mirror, then signal right for at least five seconds;
  3. Push clutch pedal down (manual) / right foot on brake pedal (automatics);
  4. Select 1st gear (manuals) / or 'Drive' (automatics);
  5. Apply appropriate power to prevent rolling backwards and/or stalling, (and for manuals) at the same time, bring the clutch to 'friction point' absorbing about half of the engine noise.
  6. Check the centre again, then the right mirror then over the right shoulder (blind spot check) for traffic (from driveways, roads opposite or U-turning traffic);
  7. If safe, look forward, release the park brake;
  8. Accelerate smoothly from the kerb without stalling or rolling back and cancel the signal; and
  9. Perform all steps 1 to 10 in sequence while maintaining full control of the vehicle.

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