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No matter what type of car you drive, it's important to be familiar with the various controls.

When you're finished, you'll know how to:

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Use the handbrake

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Use the controls around your steering wheel

Using the handbrake

The handbrake stops the car from moving and should only be ‘on’ when your car is not moving.

Indicator and headlight controls

The indicators on your car help tell other drivers what you're going to do and your headlights allow you to see and be seen on the road at night.

Additional controls for safe driving

There are also a few additional controls that can help you create a safe driving environment. The location of these controls and how they work may change depending on what type of car you have.

Am I ready?

Feeling good about this lesson? Tick off the skills you're confident you can do. When you've ticked them all, it might be time to move on to the next lesson.

Next lesson in Knowing your vehicle

Using the pedals and gearshift (automatic)

In this lesson we’re learning about the controls in an automatic car - specifically, the pedals and the gear shift.

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