Driver Knowledge Tests

How and when to use your handbrake or parking brake in a car

With a name like parking brake, it should be obvious when you should use it, but it’s also called a handbrake, emergency brake or e-brake in various parts of the world. It’s not just as simple as understanding that you

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When should you change gear?

Advanced drivers will choose to change gears more than novice drivers because changing gear is about being in the right gear for the needs of the driver. Drivers of manual cars need to change gears all the time, whereas drivers

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If your brakes stop working while you’re driving, what should you do?

If your brakes stop working and you need to stop quickly¬†or stop yourself from accelerating down a hill, there are nine things you should do. Don’t panic: there are many ways to slow a car down, plus, your car will

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8 more new vehicle features that improve safety and convenience (+images and video)

There are some technologies that are starting to become more common on vehicles which help with safety and convenience, and can be beneficial to the environment. Regenerative braking Regenerative braking is when kinetic energy is recovered during braking. Usually, braking

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Braking on your motorbike

The front brake assumes around 75-90% of the braking power depending on the road surface, your riding position, your bike’s set-up and a how your bike is loaded (e.g. if you are carrying a pillion passenger, which is explained here.)

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Braking distances and stopping distances

Braking, or stopping distance, is the distance a vehicle travels from the full application of its brakes until it has stopped. Vehicle manufacturers try to shorten stopping distances because the shorter the distance, the more likely the driver is to

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Brake fade: what is it and how do you prevent it?

Brake fade Brakes are one of a number of mechanisms and forces in a car that slow it down. The others include air resistance, rolling resistance, engine compression and gravity (if travelling uphill). Relying solely on the brakes for long

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