ADI Part 2 Manoeuvres – Hill Start (Up)
The technique for completing this exercise is almost identical to what is required for moving off from a flat, level surface.
Ensure that you read the moving off page first.
The only differences being that you may have to set the gas a little more than normal, and that you should develop the technique of foot Control / hand brake coordination.
Use of the hand brake is an interesting subject for discussion when considering the hill start.
It’s fair to say that the vast majority of drivers simply use the hand brake in an ‘on’ or ‘off’ fashion. Yet the hand brake is a Control, to be used effectively and intelligently, like any other. The hand brake can, indeed should, be applied and released gently. It can be used in a similar fashion to the foot brake. You can release it very gently and slowly, coordinating it’s release with engine ‘bite’ to ensure that the car does not roll backwards.
Let’s look at some of the pitfalls awaiting the unwary . . .
The Dangers And Pitfalls
First let me say that all of the pitfalls you’ll encounter with moving off on a level surface are just as valid here. You need to take excellent observations, move without delay after taking those observations, and only signal if absolutely necessary.
Of course, in a hill start you have an added pitfall . . . the hill.
You must be absolutely sure that you don’t roll back. Not even to the slightest degree. Even a roll back of an inch or so will probably be seen by the SE as being a serious error, and a part 2 failure.
The way to avoid this is to set the gas as required, find the biting point, and then coordinate the gentle release of the hand brake with the foot Controls. Don’t be tempted to release the hand brake fully and quickly, unless you are certain that there is no danger of rolling backwards.
Of course, do not forget the full POM routine before moving