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 24: Gear Changing - down (automatic transmission) (manual selection)
|1.||Check rear view mirrors.|
|2.||Release accelerator pedal smoothly.|
|3.||Brake if necessary to appropriate speed for circumstances (braking shall be completed before gear changing down).|
|5.||Replace hand to appropriate position on steering wheel.|
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.
Gears should be changed, where possible, whilst travelling on a straight course.
An appropriate gear shall be selected before descending a steep gradient.
Make use of the engine/exhaust brake in accordance with traffic pattern or gradient of the road.