Moving off on a Hill fills many motorists with dread. It need not do so as long as you follow these simple instructions.

There are two types of hill start.

Up Hill

P Select 1st gear and slightly press the accelerator. The usual amount of accelerator or 'gas' needed is around 2000 rpm on the rev counter. Bring the clutch up to the "bite". Hold your feet still.

O Left Mirror, Internal Mirror, Right Mirror and Right Blind spot.

M Signal if required release the handbrake and let the car slowly move up the hill. Once the car is moving slowly bring the clutch up until fully released.

If when you move off your car begins to roll back it is essential to take action immediately as failure to do so will result in a failed driving test. You have two options; either slightly raise the clutch to prevent rolling back further or immediately depress the clutch followed by the foot brake. The latter option is preferred if you are not too confident with clutch control although it will require you having to start the entire moving off procedure again.

When you do move the car off, depending on how steep the hill is, your car will have to work much harder to gain momentum. You may need to release the clutch from the bite point area slower than usual to prevent stalling, plus you may need to keep the car in lower gears (1st, 2nd etc.) for longer than usual as the engine will have more power to clime the hill in these gears.

Down Hill

P Select 1st gear unless the slope is very steep then 2nd gear may be appropriate. press down the brake and keep pressed down.

O Left Mirror, Internal Mirror, Right Mirror and Right Blind spot.

M If it is safe to move off, release the handbrake followed by releasing the foot brake, the car will immediately start to roll forwards due to gravity. Gently raise the clutch all the way up. You do not need to be concerned with the clutch bite point or the car stalling as momentum will prevent the car from stalling.

Due to gravity helping the car gain speed and momentum faster, you may need to change through the gears faster than with an uphill start. As you are moving downhill, the car will gain speed much faster than usual, so be careful with how much gas you apply and be ready to gently use the foot brake is the car speeds up too quickly.