It has been suggested by many driving school owners that young students especially should learn to drive using a manual. Approximately 20% of all drivers across the United States have admitted to â€˜textingâ€™ while driving in the last month. With more State Governments enacting legislation regarding the illegal use of cell phones while driving, wouldnâ€™t your child be safer if they were driving a manual? If they are driving a manual, they will require their full attention just to keep the car from stalling. This would make it impossible for them to â€˜textâ€™ and drive at the same time. Driving Education for young drivers is the key to keeping our roads safe.
- Press the clutch all the way to the floor.
- Put the stick shift into first gear.
- Slowly release the clutch and press the gas (but only rev the RPMâ€™s to a little above idle).
- Continue until you have completely released the clutch.
- When your RPMâ€™s get passed the normal range, it is time to up shift. If you are driving uphill, let the RPMâ€™s go a little higher before up shifting.
- Release your foot from the gas and press the clutch all the way to the floor.
- Move the stick into the next highest gear.
- Release the clutch smoothly.
Start by completely removing your foot from the gas and then depress the clutch fully.
Move the stick shift into a lower gear.
Slowly release the clutch and then use the gas to match the speed of the car.
Release the clutch fully.
- Leave the vehicle in gear when you begin to brake.
- Slow down until the RPMâ€™s are just above idle.
- Press the clutch to the floor and put the car into a neutral position.
- Once the car is in neutral you can release the clutch completely.
Stopping on an Incline
- Begin braking as per normal.
- When you are practically stopped, allow gravity to take over until your car comes to a complete halt. Make sure to leave your car in first gear.
- As it stops, depress the clutch and rev the engine a little. Release the clutch a small amount and balance the gas with the clutch to hold yourself in one spot. If you begin to roll back, release the clutch a small amount. If you start to creep ahead, depress the clutch a small amount. Do not use this method for long stops as it is hard on the car, but its fine to do this for a short amount of time. Itâ€™s recommended that you practice this technique away from traffic.
- Think about balance between the clutch and the accelerator. As one goes up, the other goes down. Especially when starting from a stopped position, release the clutch and depress the gas in unison.
- Slowing down and speeding up is much harder in a manual versus an automatic. Being aware of the fact that you have to guide the transmission through this will make you a more perspective driver.
Releasing the clutch slowly and pausing to prevent the clutch lurching into lock will give you a much smoother ride.
- Smaller cars with manual transmissions are much easier to handle compared with larger cars. If possible, try to learn on a smaller car before moving on to a larger vehicle.
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