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Whether you are learner driver or an experienced motorist, you can email any driving-related question to info@wycombedrivingschool.co.uk and you will receive a personal response from Wycombe Driving School boss Audrey Wixon, pictured. The best questions and answers will be published on this website anonymously.

Audrey is a DSA ADI; DIAmond, IAM and RoSPA Gold Advanced Driver; Fleet Trainer; Observer for Institute of Advanced Motorists; & National Standard cycling instructor

Audrey Wixon - manager of Wycombe Driving School
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How do you do a hill start without rolling back?

Q: I am rubbish at hill starts – I always roll back a bit before pulling away because I never seem to catch it quite right. Have you got any tips?
car doing a hill start A: Yes, keep an eye on your windscreen wipers! After selecting first gear you should rev the engine to about 2000rpm, then raise the clutch until you can see your windscreen wipers lift slightly (the steeper the hill, the more they should lift). You will also feel the back of the car sink slightly.

Check it is safe to move off, signal if necessary, then keep your feet still as you release the handbrake - slowly at first, so you can whip it straight back up if the car starts to creep backwards.

When the handbrake is down ideally the car should stay still but if it starts to creep forward slowly that's fine, just keep your feet still. With both hands back on the wheel, start to accelerate gradually at the same time as bringing the clutch up slowly. Don't release the clutch fully until you have moved forward at least half a car length, to give the engine a chance to recover and acheive smooth acceleration.
Audrey Wixon
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