Learning to drive a stick shift car can be a challenge and quite frustrating, but with the help of these simple tips you could be driving a manual car in no time. Let’s start with the basics:
Park and Practice
Before you get on the road you will want to practice shifting through each gear while using the clutch with the car off, this will give you a better idea of how it will feel driving.
When first learning to drive a stick shift the best thing to do until you get acclimated to the pedals and gear stick is to practice in an empty lot with no one around.
Getting Passed First
First from 0 to 15 MPH tops
Second 3 to 25 MPH
Third 15 to 45 MPH
Fourth 30 to 65 MPH
Fifth 45 to the vehicles maximum speed MPH
Slow Down and Park
When putting the car in reverse you will want to press down on both the brake and the clutch and move the stick shift to the R which is usually located directly below the fifth gear but in some cases can also be located to the left of first and second. You then want to take your foot off of the brake and apply pressure to the gas, then evenly apply and release just as if you were moving out of first gear only in the opposite direction.
Practice Makes Perfect
Once you have figured out how simple driving a stick shift is, practice in the empty lot as much as you can before taking your talents to the streets. The more you practice the quicker it will become second nature to you to shift those gears. Good luck and remember it’s not as hard as it looks.
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