What is the Best Way to Learn How to Drive with a Manual Transmission? Is there anything I should do to get prepared?
Answer by swinnie · Sep 05, 2010 at 02:51 PM
First master clutch control - this is you using your left foot and holding the car still just using the clutch. If you can find a slight incline, all the better - you can feel the car a lot better.
Then master slowly moving away. Try it without gas first (if the car isn't diesel, then ensure you're on flat road - the car will struggle, otherwise) and slowly engage the clutch fully into 1st Gear. Then learn mastering applying gas whilst engaging the clutch. You'll soon get the hang of it.
When changing gear, just remember that the clutch can be depressed as fast as you like, but must be lifted up (re-engaged) slowly.
If you've never driven before and this is your first time learning, get with a driving instructor. They'll teach you far batter, quicker and faster - they do it day-in-day out, after all.
Answer by r0ckrat · Sep 05, 2010 at 02:53 PM
The basics: Practice in a large parking lot where there's a lot of room.
Be as smooth as you possibly can at all times.
Don't just lift your foot off the pedals, raise them slowly. (take 1-2 seconds to remove your foot from the pedals - gas, brake, even more for the clutch.)
If the car starts bucking, press and hold the clutch down. Then try again.
Don't worry about the car dying. Just take a deep breathe, relax, and start again. The big parts are to stay calm and relaxed, and don't do anything jerky (to fast). Also, learn to feel with your feet.
And never use the clutch to hold the car in place on an incline. It overheats the clutch, and prematurely wears it out. (And if someone comes up behind you, your brake lights won't be on to tell them you are stopped.)
Answer by dmeyer302 · Sep 05, 2010 at 03:03 PM
Accelerate the vehicle with the throttle, not the clutch. That means don't "slip the clutch"--don't leave the clutch half-engaged for any longer than necessary for a smooth takeoff. Engage the clutch quickly and with the engine at a low RPM (ideally you can get the RPM to match your current speed at the next gear ratio, but you'll get a feel for that after a while), and then proceed to use your gas pedal to accelerate the car. Let off the gas, disengage the clutch, shift, engage clutch and THEN use the throttle to accelerate through the next gear.
Answer by teddgcm · Sep 05, 2010 at 03:15 PM
Took me about 10 minutes to get the feel of how much gas to use until the clutch engaged, then I was off. Took me a couple of days to get the hang of starting while on a hill without rolling backwards but I used the emergency brake to help with that. Have someone with experience drive the car first while you look at their feet. You'll notice they take a little time to get used to the clutch/gas relationship if it's a car they have never drove, they are all a little different.
Answer by Database · Sep 05, 2010 at 04:52 PM
Its the most easiest thing to do. People say it's hard to drive a manual but it ain't. I am English so we have to learn how to drive a manual really.
I don't have a licence myself but I used to have a "Past" where I took cars out with out the owners permission. lol
And when I say owners permission I mean.....Steal. lol
Like I said all in the past.
It's easy to drive a Manual. Get a banged up car and learn from that. And watch some youtube videos, they help.
Answer by chadt4 · Sep 05, 2010 at 11:26 PM
Try not to burn the clutch. Most important part as far as I'm concerned. If you feel the clutch start grinding, let off the clutch as fast as you can and get on the throttle. You will probably spin your tires a bit but tires cost a lot less to replace then a clutch. Just remember that. Trust me, I know from experience.
Answer by Tharun · Dec 18, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Well here in India, We have cars with manual transmission... So for obtaining perfect skills, a trainer is required as they would tell you the exact instructions. But make sure you do switch gears properly without burning too much of gas. Switching gears while the RPM 3 is the best to get the best mileage for your car. Never max RPM. Also if you have to slow down like from 80 to 30 and if your gear that you have already selected is high, then immediately hold down the clutch so as to prevent the engine from stopping.
First, When you drive it, It would be difficult, but Practice every day to get expert into this! ;)
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