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Cool at the clutch

Clutch control is one of the first things you’ll learn in your lessons as all manual cars stall when the clutch is lifted too quickly. This causes the clutch plates to slam together, cutting out the engine. You can also stall if you try and pull away in the wrong gear. Suffice it to say, most people will experience stalling a car at least once (but probably more) during their lessons. Yes, it can be embarrassing if you’re holding up a queue of traffic, but do you really think the people waiting behind you have never stalled their car before?

The most important thing to do is to stay calm. Don’t panic and try to quickly pull away again as you’ll only end up stalling again. Let other drivers beep and gesture at you as much as they want. It’s best to ignore them as they can’t go anywhere until you have moved off, no matter how much they beep. Remember, everyone on the road has been a learner driver once too, and it’s not just learners who stall their cars.