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The purpose of a clutch is to allow the driver to change gear.
The clutch mechanism consists of two plates connected to the engine drive system. One of the plates is connected to the back of the engine, the other to the gearbox. When the clutch is in its normal position, the plates are in full contact with each other the power generated by the engine is then transferred to the gearbox and driving wheels, allowing the car to move forward or back, depending on the gear selected.
When the clutch pedal is pressed fully down, the clutch plates separate allowing the driver to change gear. You must press the clutch fully down just before you stop the car, otherwise you will stall the engine, and then have to restart it again before driving off.
The biting point is when the clutch pedal is released to a certain position (usually halfway up its travel) where the two clutch plates begin to touch. We also use the biting point when we want to move the car very slowly such as in traffic or performing a very slow manoeuvre.
When moving off, or changing gear, the clutch pedal must always be brought up smoothly every time, to avoid any jolts. It will take time and practice to get used to finding the biting point
Try not to rush bringing the clutch pedal up as you might end up stalling the engine, and having to restart it. You may also cause the same problem if you don’t press the gas pedal sufficiently. Be patient, as it takes time and lots of practice.
DON’T release the handbrake unless you’re sure that you have got the clutch pedal at the biting point position – otherwise your car will roll back.
A lot of newer cars are fitted with ‘Hill Start Assist’ which keeps the brakes applied for a number of seconds to allow you to transfer your right foot back to the accelerator without your car rolling back when you’ve stopped temporarily on a hill without applying the handbrake, for example, when giving way. Your trainer should tell you if its fitted.