This is just a quick tip for those of you who want to pass the driving test on the first attempt in an automatic car, to use the handbrake when necessary on the practical test.
I was giving someone a driving lesson in their own private car which had an automatic transmission, and they thought that they never needed to use the handbrake except when the dsa examiner asks her to do a normal stop on the left!
I'm going to give you 2 examples of situations where you should use the handbrake even if you are taking the test in an automatic car.
1. When emerging at a T junction to turn right and you are waiting for a very long queue of traffic, use the handbrake to secure the car so that you don't creep into the junction before it is safe, but more importantly if someone hits you from behind your reflex might make you take your foot off the brake and you are pushed into the path of vehicles in the junction.
2. When you stop for pedestrians at a crossing (zebra, pelican, toucan), use the handbrake to secure your automatic car to protect the people crossing in front of your vehicle.
It only takes a few seconds, and could be your saving grace and help you to pass the driving test!
Important! If you are not learning to drive with an instructor, it is important that BOTH you and the person teaching you to drive read The DSA official test guide, this book will greatly increase your chance of passing the driving test without spending too much money on lessons.