Acts Online
GT Shield

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.



Note A:


Avoid selecting a lower gear to replace or assist braking.


Note B:


Gears should preferably be changed whilst travelling on a straight course.


Note C:


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.