So far done 2 1/2 hours of lessons, including A-roads and roundabouts and haven't stalled yet
So i get negged for actually being able to drive a car well in my first 2 lessons and my instructor saying he "had the confidence in me" to take me on main roads on my second lesson? lame
Last edited by Kuroudo; 27-07-2012 at 10:51.
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Lots. You'll discover that instructors' cars have very hard wearing clutches that get changed alarmingly frequently!
(Original post by youcanhumpmyleg)
2nd driving lesson today was learning about junctions and things.... any who i stalled maby 3 - 4 times lol i only stalled twice on my frist lesson! in the beginning how many times did people stall? i find it embarrasing lol !!! i hope when im on main roads next week that i dont stall in middle of a round about or at traffic lights or something stupid lol !!!
It's a case of practice makes perfect - been driving 3 years now and hardly stall at all, you just get used to it. (Hell, I've done a hill start in 3rd and managed to not stall it! Car did NOT like me, but it didn't stall.)
Some practical advice - spend a bit of time practising finding the "bite point" and learning the tells that you're on it. Get in a car (you can use your parents to practise, but all cars are slightly different so it won't be in the same place in your instructor's)
wearing thin soled shoes is best.
With the handbrake on put it in first and slowly bring the clutch out until you reach the bite point. There are a few signs that tell you this.
1. You feel the resistance of the clutch change slightly, a bit of force/vibration transfers through it from the gearbox
2. If you watch the rev-counter, with your foot off the accelerator, the revs will drop from above 1000 to a bit bellow and hold steady.
3. You will hear the engine sound get deeper (as the revs fall)
If you take the handbrake off here, even on a bit of a hill, the car should stay where it is (if you're gone too far it might start to move forwards - the bite point has some leeway on it)
practice finding it a few (or many!) times until you can do so without watching the revs, and smoothly.
To move off, release the handbrake, and put on a small amount of accelerator (rest your foot on it and apply a very small amount of pressure - more if you're on a hill). Then gently ease the clutch further out a bit (this needs to be a slow movement, doing it too quickly is what stalls the car). Once you're rolling a bit you're in the clear, ease the clutch out smoothly and off you go.
If you feel the engine struggling (the car or clutch shaking), add more throttle to recover it (don't overdo it, you can easily send the revs through the roof!)
Last edited by The Mr Z; 26-07-2012 at 22:09.