Wednesday, 1 June 2016

How To Drive A Manual Transmission/Stick Shift - 3.

Learning to drive a manual transmission is a lot of work which with patience, endurance and more practice you will be a pro in no time. Below is the lesson for today if you missed the first two classes, you are pardoned. Click here and here 


There are two ways to slow down a standard shift car: Engine braking and free rolling
- Engine braking is using the engine's power to slow the vehicle by downshifting (To the nearest lowest gear if you are not stopping completely and preferably to gear one if you intend on stopping completely).
- Free rolling is taking the car out of gear by putting it in neutral and coast to a stop with the brake. This is considered dangerous as there's no power in an emergency and maybe illegal where you are driving.
Whenever you have to stop, follow the procedure below;
- Release your right foot off accelerator to the brake pedal and press down as much as required (moderately)
- As you slow down to about 10 mph (16 km/h) you will feel the car about to start shaking and vibrating.
- Press the clutch pedal fully down and move the gear shift to neutral to prevent the engine from stalling.


If you're driving a stick shift, you might end up finding yourself in a hilly situation. There's no shame in using the handbrake when starting on a hill but isn't necessary except for very steep ones.
When you find yourself on a hill and you want to start and move the car;
- Put the transmission in neutral
- Apply the parking brake.
- Step on the clutch and brake pedals
- Put the transmission into first gear.
- Now, slowly release the clutch. When you reach the catch point, slowly release the brake - the engine should hold you in place longer enough to get your feet on the accelerator.
- At this point, you'll need to give the engine a little more gas than usual, to avoid rolling backwards. With more practice, you can accomplish this maneuver without drifting back into the car behind you.


If you are one who loves to travel around a lot, you must have heard some motorists say; when stopping on a hill, put a manual transmission into first gear or reverse to park it—first gear if you're pointed uphill, and reverse if you're pointed downhill.
It is important to note that the emergency brake is very important when parking a stick shift car - in any situation, either on a hill or a flat road. For extra safety, leave the car in gear AND use the emergency brake.
Also, you should note this. When parked on a hill, ensure to turn the front wheels so that if your car does roll, it will roll into the sidewalk curb. If you're parked and your car is pointing downhill and parking on the right, your wheels should point right. If you're parked and your car is pointing uphill and you're parking on the right, your wheels should point left.


There is no better way to learn how to drive a stick shift than getting behind the wheel in an empty parking lot then facing your demons by taking that sweet ride into the crazy wild street.
Trust me, once you start driving you never stop learning because being out there on the road you come across other motorists who think they know it all and you being the smart one will learn from their mistakes. Anyways, you will never know if you don't try and who knows - you might learn some new curse words.

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