Driving theory test questions
We're up to date! Our site includes the DVSA revision question changes made Jan 2018
Username:

Password:
Register  Free Practice Test  Login  Free Tests  My Questions  Hazards  Categories  My Tests 

Selecting low gears when driving

When you are driving, you will just learn to change gears without really thinking about what you are doing and when. But generally you will change up gears the faster you are going, and this is often queued by you hearing the engine noise increase and the revs go up when you are at a higher speed in a lower gear.

However there are some situations where you need to think carefully about which gear you are in.

When you are driving in terrain that is up and down, you may see a 'low gear now' sign. This will often arise when you near the top of a hill and are about to go down the other side. Because of gravity being what it is, you will not simply want to use your brakes to slow you down when coming down a big hill.

Therefore you will need some engine braking as well. By selecting a low gear when you go down the kill, the engine will help to hold the car back and prevent it running away as a result. Also keeping your foot on the brakes over a long period could lead to it failing. That's not what you want to happen when you are going down a hill.

You will probably have noticed that some roads have run offs for those whose brakes have failed which of course is a good safety feature but not something you would ever want to have to rely on.

JOIN NOW and gain access to ALL the official Theory Test multiple choice Revision Questions for car drivers

Practice Theory Test Question

Do you know the answer to this randomly chosen driving theory test revision question?

It can help to plan your route before starting a journey. You can do this by contacting: A) your local filling station B) a motoring organisation C) the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency D) your vehicle manufacturer

You can check your answer and practice all official revision questions

Related Articles...

driving theory test
Who needs to take a theory test
A theory test is part of the process required for anyone who wants to become a qualified driver in the UK. There are two stages to being a standard car driver: first passing a theory test, and then...

Why is there a Hazard Perception Test
The statistics have long shown that the newer the driver, the more likely they are to be involved in accidents on the roads. This is probably because they are inexperienced as drivers, although...

Typical brake faults outlined
The brakes are a mechanical object and so it is possible that they will develop problems and not function the way that they should be. This is clearly very dangerous because brakes are one of the...

Thinking about a greener car
It is interesting to note that a signficant amount of the greenhouse gas emissions of the entire country comes from simply car travel: noticeably over 10% does. Therefore if you have a type of...

Why communication matters
When you are driving, in the vast majority of occasions there will be at least a fair number of other road users on them at the same time as you. This means that they will be reacting to how YOU...

The risk of accidents - some statistics
No-one wants to think that they will be involved in an accident, but being aware that an accident could happen to you and the statistics is important. Accidents happen to ordinary people, so anyone...

Mock Driving Theory
On our Mock Driving Theory page you can practice no fewer than fifteen different mock tests. Each of them...

Using head restraints
Your car will have head restraints in it, but do you take the time to adjust these before using the vehicle and ensuring they are set at the correct level for you? Head restraints in vehicles are...

Using emergency telephones
There are emergency telephones along motorways. There are telephones that occur roughly once per mile along the motorway which are connected to the emergency services. There are also blue and...

Testing your driving ability
The driving part of the test to assess if you are safe to let on the roads is called the practical test, and it lasts in the region of 40 minutes in total. The purpose is to assess if you can drive...


Bookmark with:

FacebookFacebook    TwitterTwitter    Google BuzzGoogle Buzz    StumbleStumbleUpon    Delicious    RedditReddit