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How do I stop a car?

Whether you’re coming up to a set of traffic lights or are looking to safely pull over, you should first plan where to stop to prepare well in advance. When planning to stop, you should stay aware of what’s happening around you in order to stop safely.

Before you begin to brake, check your mirrors to see if there is anyone behind you. Gently press the brake pedal down while pressing the clutch down at the same time. In order to stop smoothly and with no sudden jerk movements, you should be very gentle with the pedals and give yourself enough time. Start off by braking lightly, then braking more firmly once your foot is down on the clutch pedal.

If you’re stopping for more than 10 seconds, we recommend applying the handbrake and putting your car into neutral position. This is good practice, even if you aren’t on a hill.