Before you start to drive you should be able to reach and use each control easily and comfortably. There are four main types of controls:
The following section will explain each control in more depth
The Steering wheel
The steering wheel should normally be controlled with both hands, hold the steering wheel in either the ten to two or quarter to three position
How to use: Pull-Push method.
The Gear lever
Correct use of gears is important for safe and eco-friendly car control
How to use: Smoothly with palm more information on How to use Gears
The Hand Brake (parking brake)
The parking brake locks the back wheels when the car is standing still. Because it locks the wheels tight, you should never use the parking brake when the car is moving. If you do, the car will skid.
Apply the parking brake when:
Your car is parked
How to use: Left hand by pressing the button in then release or apply hand brake.
The accelerator-gas pedal
How to use: Gently and progressivelyThe clutch
The Pedal on the left is the clutch. It is operated with your left foot and it's used when moving off, changing gear and stop the car without stalling the engine. In a car we need a clutch because the engine spins all the time, but the car's wheels don't. In order for a car to stop without stalling the engine, the wheels need to be disconnected from the engine somehow. The clutch allows us to smoothly engage a spinning engine to a non-spinning transmission by controlling the slippage between them so in the simplest form the clutch is connection between the engine and gearbox.
How to use: Releases very slowly
Windscreen washers and wipers
To wash the windscreen move the stalk either towards you or away from you, depending on the make and model of car. There will also be a control for the rear wiper and washer, if there is one fitted
How to properly adjust mirrors
These are a essential aid to your driving. Most cars have three mirrors: the main interior and to external mirrors (directional mirrors)