Introduction: How to Drive a Manual Transmission
Many people do not know how to drive a manual transmission. But it is a skill that can be very useful in some situations. A lot of people think it is really complicated, but if you follow these easy steps you will see, driving a manual transmission is easy and fun.
Step 1: Fasten Your Seatbelt
Caution: Not wearing your seatbelt is Illegal and may cause serious injury or death.
Step 2: Start the Engine
Push the clutch in all the way and turn the key in the ignition. Make sure the car is in neutral by moving the stick to the middle position before releasing the clutch.
Step 3: Drive in First Gear
With your foot on the clutch, move the stick to the first position. Slowly release the clutch. As you feel the car start to move, give it a little bit of gas. Once you start moving, you can release the clutch.
Step 4: Shift Up
Once you have started moving in first gear, you will soon need to shift up to 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc. You should shift gears when you have reached about 3,500 rpm. To do this, push the clutch in and give it some gas. As you give the car gas to maintain the rpm, move the stick to 2nd gear, then release the clutch. Do this to shift to 3rd, 4th, 5th, and if you have 6th gear.
Step 5: Down Shift
Down Shifting is a lot like upshifting. First, push the clutch in and give it some gas to maintain rpm. Then move the stick to the lower gear and release the clutch. You can skip gears for example, you can go from 5th to 3rd, or even 5th to 2nd. Just make sure your rpm is high enough. If you're going 30 mph in 3rd gear at 2,500 rpm, you should raise the rpm to about 3,500 to shift down to 2nd gear at the same speed. You should get used to downshifting because it is a great way to slow the car down without using your brakes, which makes them last longer.