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 21: Gear changing - down
|1.||Check rear-view mirrors.|
|2.||Close throttle smoothly.|
|3.||Brake if necessary to appropriate speed for circumstances. .|
|4.||Pull clutch lever fully in.|
|5.||Select lower gear and remove foot from lever.|
|6.||Releasing clutch lever to contact point.|
|7.||Open throttle smoothly and progressively whilst releasing clutch lever completely.|
Avoid selecting a lower gear to replace or assist braking.
Gears should preferably be changed whilst travelling on a straight course.
If an ascending gradient is being negotiated where road speed reduced despite continuous application of the throttle, then the change dawn 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 and/or the engine starts labouring.