How to Drive Stick

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Step1 The 3 pedals First, get inside the car and put on your seat belt. Next, notice where the 3 pedals are. The far left is your clutch pedal. Your clutch enables you to shift into different gears. The middle is your brake pedal . The pedal on your right is your gas pedal. When you start driving later, you will use your left foot for the clutch and the right foot for the gas and brake pedal.
Step2 Shifting gears Next, take a look at your shift knob. Most cars have 5 or 6 gears, along with a R for reverse. The reverse might be on the top left or bottom right, depending on the type of car you are driving. Regardless, it serves the same purpose. Also, putting the gear in the center is known as the neutral position. Once in neutral, your shift knob should move left and right. Try to get familiar with the placement of each gears and practice shifting from one gear to the other.
Once you’re comfortable with the gears, let’s get the car moving. For most manual cars, you must push the clutch all the way down in order to start the vehicle . With the clutch pressed all the way down with your left foot, put the key in the ignition and start the engine. Once the engine is started, do not let go of the clutch unless you are in neutral gear. You know that you are in neutral if you can move your shift knob left and right. Put the gear in neutral and let go of the clutch.
At this point, you have the engine running, with the gear in neutral. Next, pull the hand brake down, and press the clutch with your left foot, and shift into first gear. Once you are in first gear, slowly let go of the clutch but do not let go of it all the way.
As you slowly let go of the clutch, the car should start slowly moving, without the aid of the gas pedal. When you feel the car moving slowly, apply the gas gradually as you slowly let go of the clutch all the way. Now the car is finally moving!
Generally, 1st gear is for 0-15mph, 2nd gear for 15-30mph, 3rd for 30-45mph, 4th for 45-60mph, 5th/6th for 60mph+. Once you get to around 15mph on your speedometer, you must shift into the appropriate second gear. Press the clutch in, shift to 2nd gear, let go of the clutch and apply gas. Another option is to shift around every 3,000-3500rpm as shown on the tachometer.
Downshifting works the same way. Press the clutch, shift down one gear, and let go of the clutch. It takes a lot of practice to master shifting up and down gears, so don’t be upset if your car tends to stall or if it doesn’t work out the way you want it to. Reverse also works the same way as changing into different gears.
Finally, when you approach a stop sign, you can push the clutch in all the way and your brake. Make sure that you push the clutch all the way in and hold in when you stop or else the car will stall. Once the car is fully stopped at a stop sign/light, you can put the gear into neutral and only apply the brake. To get the car moving, it’s the same step as the first!
Now that you have learned the basics of starting a manual transmission car, it will only take patience and lots of practice to drive smoothly! The girls will be impressed at you driving stick shift! Enjoy and safe driving!


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