How To Start Driving A Manual Car

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  2. Step 1: Understanding the Basics
  3. Step 2: Getting into 1st Gear and Moving Forward
  4. Step 3: Shifting Up to Higher Gears While Moving
  5. Step 4: Stopping the Car
  6. Conclusion

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Step 1: Understanding the Basics

{"blocks":[{"key":"250hi","text":"1. Settle in","type":"header-three","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":12,"style":"color-rgb(67,67,67)"},{"offset":0,"length":12,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":12,"style":"fontsize-14pt"},{"offset":0,"length":12,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"qh7g","text":"Get into the car while it’s on level ground and with the engine turned off. 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Learn the pedals","type":"header-three","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":19,"style":"color-rgb(67,67,67)"},{"offset":0,"length":19,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":19,"style":"fontsize-14pt"},{"offset":0,"length":19,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"acprc","text":"There are 3 pedals in a manual car, which from left to right are: the clutch, the brake, and the accelerator.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":109,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":109,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":109,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":109,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"7js08","text":"The brake and accelerator are pretty straightforward to figure out, but the clutch is the key to this whole process. This unfamiliar pedal is what separates driving a manual from driving an automatic.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":200,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":200,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":200,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":200,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"afina","text":"So what does the clutch do? To put it simply, it’s responsible for disengaging the motor from the wheels. This way, the driver gets to change gears without individually grinding the teeth of each one.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":200,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":200,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":200,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":200,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"4afol","text":"As such, you must push or depress the clutch before you switch gears, whether moving higher or lower. You need to have complete, uninterrupted access to the clutch while driving a manual car, so be sure to adjust the position of your seat where you can fully press the clutch to the car’s floor using your left leg.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":315,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":315,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":315,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":315,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"9ktru","text":"3. Familiarize yourself with the clutch","type":"header-three","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":39,"style":"color-rgb(67,67,67)"},{"offset":0,"length":39,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":39,"style":"fontsize-14pt"},{"offset":0,"length":39,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"c1i4i","text":"Push the clutch pedal to the floor and keep it down there. 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Get into neutral and start the engine","type":"header-three","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":40,"style":"color-rgb(67,67,67)"},{"offset":0,"length":40,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":40,"style":"fontsize-14pt"},{"offset":0,"length":40,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"28a9a","text":"Sliding into neutral means moving the gear stick into a position in the middle where it freely shifts from side to side. When the gearstick is in neutral and/or you’re fully pushing the clutch, the car is said to be out of gear.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":228,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":228,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":228,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":228,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"3ohh7","text":"Note that if you try to move the gear stick without the clutch being pushed, it just won't happen.","type":"unordered-list-item","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":98,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":98,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":98,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":98,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"flupg","text":"Once you have the gear stick in neutral, make sure the handbrake is engaged then use the ignition key to start the engine. 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Step 2: Getting into 1st Gear and Moving Forward

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Step 3: Shifting Up to Higher Gears While Moving

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Step 4: Stopping the Car

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Conclusion

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