Moving Away (Flat Road)
When moving away always think P.O.M routine. This stands for:
Prepare: Clutch down, select first gear, set the gas, find the biting point and hold still.
Observe: Six point check or horseshoe check, signal if necessary, hand on the handbrake, final mirror and blind spot check.
Move: If safe release the handbrake, move the clutch up slightly, press the accelerator gently and smoothly, while at the same time bringing the clutch up the rest of the way smoothly
This routine will be suitable for moving away on a level road.
Remember that when moving away you must not cause another road user to change speed or direction.
Once moving you must steer the vehicle:
- Look well ahead not just in front of the car. Your hands follow your eyes so look at where you want to put the vehicle not just at what you’re trying to avoid.
- Drive about one metre from the kerb and round stationary vehicles (about a car doors width).
- Keep all movements smooth and steady.
- Use the pull-push method of steering. (Variations of this are acceptable if safe and under control)
- When holding the wheel with one hand, stiffen your arm and grip a little.
An extract from the DVSA’s Understanding your driving test result
- Control – your ability to control the car
- Safety – your ability to perform this action safely
You needed to show you could move off safely and under control throughout your test. This included:
- From the side of the road
- On a slope or hill (gradient)
- From behind a parked vehicle, so you have to move off at an angle
- At junctions
You should have used your mirrors and checked blind spots to observe your surroundings, and signalled when necessary. Your control of the car should have prevented it from rolling backwards or stalling.
Examples of faults
Some of the most common faults in this area include:
- Trying to move off without appropriate control and rolling back
- Not properly checking your blind spots
- Moving off into the path of an oncoming vehicle
- Repeatedly stalling when moving off throughout your test
Your examiner may have explained the specific details of any faults you made.
How you can improve in this area
If you made faults in this area during your test, or if you want to improve in this area, you should:
- Check rules 159 to 161 of The Highway Code
- Read pages 89 to 90 of ‘The Official DVSA Guide to Driving: the Essential Skills’ (2020 edition)