Stopping and Starting on a Hill
for the Vermont Road Test
Objective: This lesson is to
teach a new driver to start a vehicle up a hill without rolling backward. The method and
procedures will be the ones used in the Vermont Road Test.
Transmission) Use only a very slight incline at first.
1: Signal right and pull to side of road (12" or less and parallel with the curb).
2: Set the emergency (parking..., hand...) brake
Make the brake "click" when
3: Shift to neutral
4: Remove right foot from brake (Steps
1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 10 are required during the Vermont Road Test
to prove the parking brake alone can hold the vehicle - a 'normal' hill start
would be 2, 7, 8, and 9)
5: Shift back to drive
6: Check rearview mirror, if no vehicles are approaching activate a left turn signal.
7: Move foot to gas, hold car "down" with a whisper of gas
You will feel the back of the car being held
8: Release the emergency (parking.., hand..) brake
9: Quickly check your mirror and make a blind spot check
10: Pull away from curb into lane of travel - cancel turn signal
Make certain that the mirror checks and head-checks are real looks
and not just head and eye movements. The adult should double check all traffic, but not
too early as to alert the new driver to "check" first! . Be strict on any
rolling - allow no roll-back after 3 tries !
Driver Education of Vermont
Jericho, VT 05465