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How to Drive a Stick Shift | Driving Lessons

How to Drive a Stick Shift | Driving Lessons

So today we want to talk about the old, ancient
art of stick shift driving. And basically what a stick shift does is it
gives us the ability to shift our transmission of our car from one gear to another using
a manual method, as opposed to the automatic method in which the car will shift gears on
its own. In an automatic transmission, the car will
know when to shift from gear to gear. And with a stick shift, you have to do that
manually on your own. So the basic concept of this and the way that
you learn it is to just go out and practice it. It’s a whole concept of being able to coincide
your clutch with your gas and your brake and learning how to smoothly operate them in a
manner so that you can have your clutch pressure and release your clutch at the proper time
with your acceleration with your accelerator so that the vehicle will manually shift smoothly
from one gear to another. Each gear has a purpose. So first gear is your lower gear. You’re going to go at a slow speed in first. And then you’ll shift into second and third
as your speed increases. When you learn how to drive a stick properly,
you’ll have much more control over your car. And if you’re driving a performance car, the
enhancement of your drive is much better with a stick shift. So it’s something, again, if you’re going
to get into performance driving and driving cars of that nature, then you’re going to
want to learn to drive the stick. My recommendation is when you first start
driving, learn to drive on an automatic car. Okay. It’s going to be much easier doing your steering
control and things like that on a car that’s automatic without having to worry about the
balance of your clutch and your gas with your stick shift. When you start with the stick, it might be
a good idea to start off-road. Maybe you want to start in a parking area
where you don’t have to worry about other hazards, like other vehicles. And then when you safely accomplish your control
of the gas and the clutch, and you’re operating it smoothly, then you can get yourself on
the road and enhance your driving experience by learning how to drive with a stick.

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5 thoughts on “How to Drive a Stick Shift | Driving Lessons

  1. Here in Bulgaria, 99% of the cars are stick shifts.
    The chance someone to drive automatic transmission here, is very very small.

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