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The following description may be useful for learner drivers who are also learning English.

When you get into a car for the first time, it is often necessary to adjust the position of both the driver's seat and the driving mirror. The two wing mirrors may also need adjusting. Don't forget to fasten your seat belt. Before turning the ignition to start the engine, it is wise to check that the gear is in neutral. The hand brake will probably be on.

Once the engine is started, you should look over your right shoulder. You can then depress the clutch - the foot pedal on the left - , change into first gear, release the hand brake, let out the clutch gently while depressing the accelerator very slightly. If you let out the clutch too quickly, the engine will stall.

As soon as the car is moving, you should depress the clutch again before changing up into second gear. The clutch is then released and the same routine is repeated for changing up into higher gears, down into lower ones or into reverse.

Good drivers always hold the steering wheel with both hands when possible. If they plan to turn left or right, they indicate or signal in good time. The electronic indicator is usually just to the right of the steering wheel on right hand drive cars. The rod to the left of the steering wheel usually operates the windscreen wipers which you will need if it starts to rain.

Other controls are mounted on the dashboard, the smart panel in front of you. You will usually find the switches for the sidelights and headlights. The electronic indicator is pulled in or pushed out to set the headlights to dipped or full beam. The horn can either be found in the centre of the steering column or on one of adjoining rods. Happy motoring!



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