In Part 1 of the meaning and use of K53, we had a look at
2.) Crossing of arms.
3.) Foot position on the clutch.
Today we look at the remaining rules of K53.
Press the button of the handbrake in when using the handbrake.
Usually, a person will pull the handbrake without pressing the button. There is a distinct click-click sound. The pin gliding over the ratchet serving as a catch to hold the brake in position after being pulled creates the sound. This gliding action cause friction resulting in wearing the ratchet. Continuous use will damage the ratchet irreparably and make it useless.
Slow down before using the clutch when stopping.
Can you remember when you started to drive? One of the fears was that the car would stall. To prevent the car from dying, a learner driver tends to press the clutch before the brake when stopping. This action is to prevent the vehicle from stalling.
The reality is, when you press the clutch while driving, the car moves more freely. The vehicle may even accelerate. The result is that it is more difficult to stop. Firstly, you need to press harder on the brake, and secondly, the wear on the brakes is higher.
Keep your hands on the steering wheel unless you change gears.
It may seem unnecessary to keep your hands on the steering wheel. Why can you not drive with one hand while the other hand relax on your lap?
Any competent driver can drive with one hand until something unforeseen happens. Did you notice that during peak hours, people are more likely to use both hands? What happens when you are on the freeway, driving like the good citizen you are, and some hooligan cuts in front of you? The first thing you would do is to grab the steering wheel with both hands. Why will you do that? Because you need more control over your vehicle.
By driving with both hands on the steering wheel, does not implicate you are nervous. It proves you are alert and ready for action.
Rather be safe than sorry.
Do not down-gear
For some reason, people think they must use the gears to slow down.
When they approach a red robot or a stop street, they change gears from fifth to fourth to third until they reach the first gear.
Is this a good thing to do? Not at all.
When changing gears, your focus is on the gear change and not on stopping. If the vehicle in front of you stops quicker than you have anticipated, you are not ready to stop. You are changing gears.
Even when there is nobody in front of you, anything can happen. It is dangerous to down-gear.
Another reason is also the wear on your engine will be higher. Even though the damage may not be noticeable, it is cheaper to replace the brakes.
We discussed the main objectives of K53. Even though it may seem difficult or silly to drive K53, it is a safe way of driving, taking the best care of you and your vehicle. As a student said: “ If everybody drives K53, there will be no accidents.”
We hope you understand the reason for K53 better. Next time we will look at ‘How to do the Alley Docking.’
Stay safe, drive safe.