Dealing with Post-Test Stalling

Dealing with Post-Test Stalling: A Friendly Guide for New Manual Drivers

Recently, you successfully passed your manual driving test in London, an achievement in itself, and got your own vehicle. But now, there's a small issue: your car keeps stalling, interrupting your smooth drives. Don't worry; you're not alone in this predicament. Many new drivers experience the same issue, and it's entirely normal. This article will explain why this might be happening and provide some friendly tips to help you improve your driving skills.

Why Does Your Car Keep Stalling?

First, it's essential to understand why a car stalls. The most common reason, especially for new manual drivers, is because of a problem with clutch control. Clutch control is the act of controlling the car's speed using the clutch pedal, especially at slow speeds or while starting from a standstill. If the clutch is released too quickly while the accelerator pedal is not being pressed enough or at all, the engine doesn't get enough power to keep running, which results in a stall.

Secondly, your car might stall if you're in the wrong gear for your speed. If you're driving too slow in a high gear, or too fast in a low gear, the engine might not be able to cope, leading to a stall.

Improving Clutch Control

Improving your clutch control will take some practice. Here are some tips to help you along:

  1. Find the biting point: The "biting point" is the point at which your clutch starts to engage and move the car. You can find it by slowly releasing the clutch pedal after putting your car into gear until the car starts to move forward. Practising finding this biting point will help you get a feel for your car's clutch.
  2. Balance the clutch and the accelerator: As you lift the clutch, you need to gently press the accelerator. The trick is to synchronise these movements to prevent the car from stalling.
  3. Practice at low speeds: Start by practising in a safe, open area, like an empty car park. Learn to control your speed using the clutch while keeping the car moving at a slow pace.

Choosing the Correct Gear

Selecting the right gear is just as important as clutch control. Here are some tips to help you:

  1. Learn your gears: Every car is different, but as a general rule, first gear is for starting off, second for up to about 20 mph, third from about 20 to 30 mph, fourth from 30 to 40 mph, and fifth from 40 mph onwards. Of course, this varies depending on the car, so get to know your vehicle.
  2. Listen to your engine: Your engine will often tell you if you're in the wrong gear. If it's struggling and making a lot of noise, you might be in too high a gear. If it's revving loudly, you're probably in too low a gear.

Remember, driving is a skill that improves over time. If you're stalling regularly, don't be too hard on yourself. The transition from being under the watchful eye of an instructor to being alone in your car is a significant one. But with time, practice, and patience, you'll soon be driving around London with confidence and ease.

Keep practicing and stay safe on the roads! 🚗💨

Stay tuned for more practical driving tips and advice. Happy motoring, and as always, remember that we're just a phone call away should you need any additional driving guidance or support.

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