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How to Drive a Car with Manual Transmission

If you’ve got no choice but to drive a stick shift for your next trip, you need to know a few tips that can make you have a smooth ride. These cars are the most popular in various countries even though automatics are fast gaining popularity. Because of that, you might find yourself driving one on a trip overseas, holiday, around the city, or any other destination. Always remember the following tips before you embark on a journey in a car with manual transmission.

Know the Three Pedals

The clutch, brake pedal, and acceleration pedal are arranged in that order from left to right. The most common practice is that you will be using your left foot on the clutch while shifting the right between the brake and accelerator pedals. It is meant to give your feet better access on these pedals while ensuring that you do not have to look down to locate them. In addition, to that, this kind of access keeps you safer and allows you to drive for longer without feeling uncomfortable.

Taking Off

Once you get into the car and you are ready to take off, you have to start by igniting the car using the key. You will need to know how to press the acceleration pedal gently as you release the clutch until the car takes off. New drivers often have a problem striking a balance between these two pedals when taking off. The problem when you release the clutch too fast is that the vehicle will stall, and you will have to start over again. When you step on the acceleration pedal to move faster, you can check the display to see how much of an effect it has had. The tachometer indicates the revolutions per minute or RPM of the engine. The stick shift should be in the first gear when you take off.

Changing Gears

When cruising, you need to change between high, low, and moderate gears depending on the situation. High gears are powerful, and they will be useful when you need more speed or when negotiating steep terrains such as hills. On the other hand, lower gears will be needed when you need less power such as when you want to stop, go around a corner, or in slow traffic. That is the reason you will keep shifting the stick shift until you get to your destination. To change it, you only need to move it to the position marked with the number of the gear you want. Earlier vehicles were easier to drive because they only had four gears, but the current ones have five or six. There are some with seven gears, but they are still rare.

Avoid Damaging the Clutch

A clutch has two plates that hold together when it is released to enable the engine to connect to power wheels. However, some drivers misuse it and end up damaging it. For instance, some use it to hold a car on a hill instead of braking, and it makes it wear fast. The same happens when you use it in traffic while anticipating to take-off faster.

Accelerating Faster

A car with manual transmission accelerates more when you press the pedal more. However, you have to engage the right gear. Always use higher gears when you want to go faster.

You now know what to do with that car with a manual transmission when you go on your next trip. In addition to these tips, take care of your safety by observing all road signs.

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