Moving off and Stopping

This section will be split into 3 parts.

The POM routine

Move off and stop

Move off and stop

Before we move the car off as a driver you must do the POM routine.  POM stands for Prepare, Observe and Move. So what does that look like? Well prepare is, put the car into first gear.  Set your gas pedal (this normally is around 1500 reves) and gently bring the clutch pedal up to the bite point.

Car parked reference point

Car parked reference point

Bite point is where the clutch is high enough that the engine wants to start to move the car but the car is still held still by the handbrake. You can tell when you get to the bite point because you will either hear the engine sound change or see the car front dip a little.  If you hear the car creaking then you are over the bite point and should push the clutch down a little (think the thickness of a pound coin) to stop the creaking sound.

Now we Observe. So before moving off from parked we look around to make sure it is safe to do so.  You start over your left shoulder, then you look in your left door mirror, you then look in front and behind you in the breaking mirror (rear view mirror), then you check your right door mirror and a very important right shoulder check. Never move off into the road without checking this right blind spot.  

Tip

If you take a few seconds to look in your right door mirror and then look over the right shoulder you will notice that there is a large area that you could not see.  It’s the equivalent to two to three houses, that’s two to three cars coming off of driveways or children on bikes etc. Learners often say, whats the point I cannot see anything.  Well the point is that if there is something in your blind spot then you’ll see it.

The last part of the POM routine is the move, which your happy to do know that you have looked around and seen that its safe to do so.  Now we need to talk about your normal driving position.