When you take your driving test, you’ll be required to demonstrate proficiency in a range of essential driving skills. At any given time in your test, your examiner will ask you to pull over in a safe place so that they can brief you about an upcoming emergency stop. To pass your test, you will need to show that you can stop safely and maintain control of the car when asked to do so by the examiner. This guide will provide you with all the information you need to do a perfect emergency stop.
When you’re driving, you may come across hazards on the road that requires you to stop suddenly. Imagine that you’re on the road and a child runs out from behind a parked car, for example. You need to stop the car as quickly as possible while ensuring that the car stays under your control.
In a driving test scenario, your examiner will ask you to pull over at the curbside and explain that you will now be performing an emergency stop somewhere on the road ahead. The examiner will inform you that they are going to raise their hand in advance so that you know to look out for the cue. When the examiner raises their hand, you will need to bring the car to a standstill as fast as you can without losing control of the vehicle. The examiner will manage traffic behind you and only ask you to stop when it’s safe to do so.
To pass this element of your driving test, follow these simple steps:
After you have performed an emergency stop, it’s imperative that you check your mirrors and your blind spots before moving off. If there are vehicles passing, wait for a safe gap, due to your position in the road a signal isn’t needed and may even be seen as misleading to other drivers. Don’t the moving off process as to move away without mirrors and blind spot checks will always result in a fail.
When you perform an emergency stop, there may be a risk of skidding. If you feel the back of the car moving to the left, steer the car in that direction. Sometimes, especially in older vehicles, the wheels can lock when you stop suddenly, and this indicates that you’ve gone into a skid. If this happens, gently release the brake and then brake again. Repeat this pattern.
If you have a new car, it’s highly likely that it will have anti-locking braking systems. If the wheels are about to lock, the system will be activated and the car will start to pump the brakes quickly to prevent locking and avoid skidding.
It’s important to be aware of stopping distances, especially if it’s raining or the roads are icy. If you’re travelling on a 30mph road, for example, the stopping distance is 23 metres. Always leave a gap of at least 2 seconds between your vehicle and the car in front.
The most common reasons for failing an emergency stop include:
If your driving test is looming, hopefully, this guide and plenty of practice will ensure you get the green light.