National Road Traffic Act, 1996 (Act No. 93 of 1996)
K53 Practical Driving Test for Motor Vehicle Drivers, Volume 2 - Heavy Motor Vehicles : Codes CI, C, ECI and EC
6. The modules
Module 22: 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 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.|
|8.||Replace hand to appropriate position on steering wheel.|
|9.||Release clutch pedal to contact point.|
|10.||Depress accelerator pedal smoothly and progressively whilst releasing clutch pedal completely.|
|11.||Remove foot completely from clutch pedal.|
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.
Should an applicant fail to select a lower gear with a 2nd attempt, it shall be regarded as coasting.
Avoid selecting a lower gear to assist or replace braking, in order to reduce the speed of the vehicle.
Gears should be changed, where possible, whilst travelling on a straight course.
An appropriate gear shall be selected before descending a steep gradient.
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 labouring.
Make use of the engine/exhaust brake in accordance with traffic pattern or gradient of the road.
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