Moving off (POM)

This is an easy to follow, step by step method to move off safely.
P – Prepare. First of all get the vehicle ready to move; clutch down and select the appropriate gear, set the gas (if needed, petrol cars usually need one to one and half revs), then slowly bring the clutch up so that you feel the bite point.
O – Observe. Check it is safe; if moving away from the left hand curb, look in your interior (centre) mirror to see what is behind you. look in your offside (right) mirror to see what is coming from the right, finally look over your right shoulder (blind spot), the area that the two mirrors cannot see. Before moving off look ahead.
M – Move. Signal away from the curb, release the handbrake and keep your feet still.
When you move off safely you will have to judge that you will not slow down or make another road user change direction. (Just like when you cross the road safely) Therefore do not give a signal until you are about to move, otherwise it could be misleading. (‘Are you signalling to go? or to let people know that you want to go?)
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