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National Road Traffic Act, 1996 (Act No. 93 of 1996)


K53 Practical Driving Test for Motor Vehicle Drivers, Volume 1 - Light Motor Vehicles : Code B

6. The modules

Module 24: Gear Changing - down (manual transmission)


1. Check rear-view mirror(s).
2. Release accelerator pedal smoothly.
3. Brake if necessary to appropriate speed for circumstances. (Braking shall be completed before a lower gear may be selected).
4. Remove right foot completely from brake pedal.
5. Place right foot on accelerator pedal.
6. Depress clutch pedal completely.
7. Select gear.
8. Replace hand to appropriate position on steering wheel:
9. Start releasing clutch pedal slowly and smoothly to contact point.
10. Depress accelerator pedal smoothly and progressively whilst releasing clutch pedal completely.
11. Remove foot from clutch pedal.



Note A:


If the speed of the vehicle increases considerably without application of the accelerator and if continuous use of the service brake is necessary, brake to the appropriate speed before a lower gear is engaged in order to minimise an increase in speed.


Repeat this procedure as necessary.


Avoid selecting a lower gear to assist or replace braking, in order to reduce the speed of the vehicle.


Note B:


Gears should be changed, where possible, whilst travelling on a straight course.


Note C:


If an ascending gradient is being negotiated where road speed reduces despite continuous application of the accelerator pedal, then the change down to a lower gear shall be carried out before the speed drops to a point where the use of the lower gear will not serve its purpose or the engine starts laboring.