A Manual transmission car apart from being more tedious to drive than an automatic transmission, they offer more fuel economy are cheaper and much easier to maintain. Here are some steps you can take to make learning how to drive a manual transmission easier.
Before you begin
Make sure your car is in good condition. Find a flat, paved place with no one around where you can practice.
Make sure you are in a secluded area and that you have enough space in front of you so you can move your car at different speeds without running into something.
A. GET FAMILIAR WITH YOUR CAR
1. Sit in the drivers seat with the car off. Adjust the seat in such a way that you are comfortable.
2. Adjust your side and rear-view mirrors so you can see what’s behind you and to the side.
B. KNOW YOUR PEDALS
Modern cars these days have a far left elevation which may look like a pedal, but its not a pedal, it’s a resting place for your foot while driving. The clutch pedal is first from the left. The brake is next and the accelerator is on the far right.
With the engine off, try pressing the clutch down and release it slowly. Do it a couple of times.
C. GET TO KNOW WHERE YOUR GEARS ARE
With the engine off, hold the stick with your right hand. All gear arrangements are in an “H” shape, but the location of reverse varies. In some stick reverse is to the right and down. On other stick shifts reverse is to the left and up
HOW TO GET STARTED
1. Fasten your seat belt.
2. Push in the clutch and start the engine.
3. With the clutch still in, move the stick to first gear.
4. Release the emergency Brake
Some cars have a push-button emergency, or parking, brake control. Many others have a lever with release button at the end.
Now the car is running Since you are on a flat ground, the car won’t roll anywhere.
5. Slowly release the clutch until the car starts to roll a little.
6. With your left foot still on the clutch, give the car a little gas (gently press the accelerator) with your right foot until the tachometer reads 1000 or 2000 rpms.
7. When you feel the gear engage, release the clutch completely with your right foot still on the accelerator. With just the right amount of gas, your car will begin to move forward.
Now you the car is moving on first gear.
HOW TO STOP
1. Remove your right foot from the accelerator.
2. Push the clutch back in with your left foot.
3. Gently press down the brake pedal with your right foot until the car comes to a halt.
4. Turn off the Key.
5. Engage the Emergency Brake.
Press the clutch pedal back in and Repeat the process until you find no difficulty in doing it.
The rest to driving is just a piece of cake.