Covering the Brake | An Essential Road Test Skill

'Covering the brake' is an essential skill for smarter driving.

Passing a Road Test | Covering the Brake



Hi there smart drivers.

Rick with Smart Drive Test talking to you today about road test smart "quick tip" that you need to know: 'covering the brake.'

What is covering the brake?

And when should you cover the brake?

When you identify a hazard that could potentially cause conflict with you on the roadway you need to put your foot over the brake pedal.

As you can see here in the image, the person is just putting his/her foot over the brake pedal.

When you see a potential hazard in the driving landscape, covering the brake puts you on "YELLOW" alert and reduces your reaction time.

They're not actually engaging the brake or putting the brake on, they're just putting their foot over the brake until the hazard passes or they pass the hazard.

That way it cuts down the reaction time moving your foot from the accelerator to the brake and you are ready if something materializes or that hazard becomes a problem.

Following Distance

The other thing that you can do in terms of covering the brake that helps to reduce that reaction time is increasing your following distance.

If you see a hazard that materializes - simply take your foot off the accelerator & the vehicle begins to slow and you put your foot over the brake to cover the brake.

Don't actually apply the brake.

Space management is the key ingredient in defensive driving. By managing space in front of your vehicle you fill have a safety buffer.

Lots of drivers that I see who are upgrading to a higher class license use the brake way too much.

Increased Fuel Consumption

When you use the brake too much it increases fuel consumption because every time you slow that vehicle down you got to get it going again.

So reduce your use of the brake by simply covering the brake and this is an imperative skill for a road test.

When you're on the road test and your going through an intersection and you're not quite sure that there might be vehicles coming from the other direction, just cover the brake as you're going through and that cuts down your reaction time.


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