Now lets get to some driving tutorials

Starting your motor vehicle

Firstly it is wise to check oil and water levels Check for objects which can disturb the car’s movement as well as those that may get affected by the movement of the car and not necessarily disturb the car itself (especially children) Now you can get into your car and onto that cool wheel Ensure the handbrake is on Check to see your gear lever is in neutral Turn on the ignition key which will turn on the engine

Engaging in motion

Step on the clutch and move your gear lever to gear number 1 (I’m assuming you will be in a manual car) Check the road from both sides, to see if its clear to accommodate your movement without causing any dangers Step on the accelerator and remove your leg on the clutch simultaneously REMEMBER Clutch pedal is on the left Accelerator pedal is on the right Brake pedal is at the centre Release the handbrake Move to your direction of travel

Changing gears

Heavy gears Gear 1 is used to start a vehicle and for the initial movement of the vehicle From gear 1, you can gradually change to gear 2, to increase the speed of your vehicle. Gear number 2 is also a heavy gear. Heavy gears are used when going uphill, at humps and when going to turn. High speed gears You can then increase gears when going at fastrer speed Its not advisable to jump gears, unless if you want to reverse. There is a reverse gear by the way. Its labeled R

Braking your motor vehicle

Ok at some time you are going to need to stop your vehicle (this is what we are referring to as braking in this slide) Most times you are going to need to brake whilst behind another vehicle and for that reason the traffic regulators in Zimbabwe have set that you should leave a distance between you and the next car that depends on your travelling speed as stated below For every 15km, leave a gap of 1 car that has the same length as your car. Eg when travelling at 30 km you should leave a gap of 2 cars. There are also recommended reaction their corresponding braking distances as shown in the table below When travelling at 10km/hr the braking distance is 1.4m and the reaction distance is 3.1m

Changing Lanes

Check your mirrors to see if it is clear to do so Reduce speed Indicate you turning direction either using the indicators on your car or the hand signals. Hand Signals Raising my hand means I'm going to stop Pointing my hand to the right means I'm going to turn right Raising my hand up and down means I'm going to slow down Rotating my hand forward means I'm going to turn left Turn off the indicator

Reversing your motor vehicle

Always check underneath the car before reversing Turn on hazard lights to warn oncoming traffic Change your gear to the reverse (R) gear (If you do not know how to changes gears by now, visit a previous slide titled Changing Gears)