Why do I stall when I'm at busy traffic lights?

January 22, 2014
Why do I stall when I'm at busy traffic lights?


Stalling is probably the new learners most common fault. For those of you who have had a few lessons,
you'll know what I am talking about.

Okay, we all know that you will have had the clutch up a little high and maybe had not enough gas before
moving off, then stalled. This needs a little practise in a quiet road and the problem is soon dealt with.

Now, this is when it becomes interesting. You emerging into a busy road, a busy roundabout or are
the lead vehicle at a traffic lights and there is a bunch of traffic behind you. What happens? Maybe 
you feel a little edgy and you're thinking of the traffic around you! Time to move off and that blessed
stall comes back to haunt you. Why am I doing this, you ask yourself. I know how to move off without

Well, this is not unusual. What happens is you're so concerned about moving off and getting upto
speed that you go and bring the clutch up real quick before the car has started moving. That dreaded
engine dies, and everyone behind you starts beeping and throwing their arms up in dismay.

Doesn't make you feel too confident for the next set of traffic lights. How do you stop this escalating?

Well firstly, have the gas set just above 1 on the rev counter. Bring the clutch a pound coins depth
above the bite point and keep it there until the car has started moving. Only then, start to
increase the gas gradually and smoothly bring the clutch up.

One thing you must do is focus on your feet, not on what the people in the cars behind are thinking.

It might take a little practise, but don't fret, you will conquer this little problem.

To see how to use clutch control, click on my youtube video link on the right hand side of this page.


Preparation is key to passing the Driving Test

January 15, 2014


Preparation for the driving test is all important. This involves learning all the skills for driving and also and just as importantly mentally preparing for the test.

Throughout the hours learning to drive, we are preparing not only for the test but also for when you have passed the test and are out on the road as a licensed driver. For me, this is more important as an instructor that my pupils are prepared for 'safe driving for life'.

Being mentally prepared for the test is a big facto...

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Why the Pass Plus scheme is important

January 9, 2014
 Motorway Driving

Ask yourself, are you confident driving on the motorway or do you know someone who avoids the motorway at all costs?

Its surprising how many licensed drivers refuse to drive on the motorway. Why is this?

Well as a driving instructor I hear about many people who do want to drive on motorways.

The main reason is little experience or none in this form of driving. I say 'form of driving' because it is so different from urban driving.

Unfortunately, many test centres do not...

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Driving Lessons in Eastcote, Ruislip

January 2, 2014

 When teaching from scratch, firstly I will show you the controls and how they work.

We will go to quiet roads, where there is very little traffic. We will talk about the gears and how the clutch works; about the mirrors and blind spots and how to use them as part of observation.

After this we will start the car and practise moving off.

For the first driving lesson, we will drive in 1st gear and maybe go to 2nd gear. Dual controls are fitted in the car, so you are not on your own when it...

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Driving Instructing in Ruislip

December 30, 2013

R H Driving School gets the job done! Call to book 07837 991041

We want your driving lessons to be fun and memorable, but ultimately help you safely reach that desirable LPDM (L-Plate Disposal Moment).Our driving instructors are CRB checked and undergo regular assessments to guarantee that our driving lessons and service are to the highest standards.

We also offer a range of services from beginners to drivers who have already passed their test.

  • Pass Plus

  • Residential Learner Driv...

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