Driving Test Success PRACTICAL HOME --- MAIN PAGE Emergency Stop Procedure When performing an emergency stop the technique you should use depends on whether or not your car is fitted with ABS (Anti-lock Brake System).

Without ABS keep both hands firmly grasping on the steering wheel. brake firmly but not so hard that the wheels lock up and you start to skid. If the wheels do lock, ease off the brake until they start to rotate again then reapply the brakes less harshly. press the clutch pedal down just before you come to a stop to prevent the engine from stalling. once the car is stationary, apply the handbrake, select neutral and release your feet from the pedals. look all around before moving off again.


With ABS keep both hands firmly grasping on the steering wheel. press as hard as you can can on the brake pedal and keep full pressure applied until you come to a stop. press the clutch pedal down just before you come to a stop to prevent the engine from stalling. once the car is stationary, apply the handbrake, select neutral and release your feet from the pedals. look all around before moving off again.
When braking harshly with ABS don't be put off by any noise or pulsating sensation you feel through the brake pedal, as this is a normal feature of ABS.

On Your Driving Test If you are required to perform an emergency stop on your driving test, the examiner will first ask you to stop in a safe place where they will can explain to you the procedure they use to initiate the emergency stop - a hand signal, usually them banging the palm of their hand on the dashboard whilst clearly saying stop.

You will then drive away and the emergency stop will commence a short time after. be assured that the emergency stop will be performed on a safe, quiet stretch of road, and the examiner will make sure no cars are following behind.

Unlike all other driving manoeuvres, you do not have to check your mirrors before making an emergency stop, as in real life there wouldn't be time to do so.

The examiner will be looking to see that you can stop your car safely and as quickly as possible. The three key elements are:

Speed: fast reaction time from releasing the accelerator to applying the brake and clutch

Control: bring the car to a brisk, safe and stationary position under a controlled stop

Observation: ensuring it is safe to move away when completed

The clutch: you should press the clutch pedal down just before the car comes to a halt (to stop the engine from stalling). Press the pedal down too early and you will be coasting, which reduces the control you have over the car.

Skidding A skid happed when you change direction or speed so suddenly that car tyres cannot keep their grip on the road. The sudden, abrupt nature of an emergency stop means that skidding is often a possibility. When performing an emergency stop on your driving test, if you skid and lose control of the car, you will fail the test. So, if you do feel the car start to skid.
slightly release the brake pedal and depress the pedal once again. This action is called cadence braking and should cancel out the skid and regain control.

Of course, most modern cars have ABS, which will help prevent your car from skidding. To check the car you are driving is fitted with ABS, look for this symbol on the dashboard when you turn on the ignition, or ask your driving instructor.


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