How to Drive a Manual Car





Introduction: How to Drive a Manual Car

In this instructable I'm going to show you how to drive a manual car. Sometimes these cars are also called five speeds. When driving a manual car, you'll need to learn how to use the clutch properly and also how to shift. Driving a manual car is not as hard as you think - follow these steps and you will be driving in no time!

Step 1:

To turn on the car push in the clutch all the way while turning the key.

Step 2:

To set off push in the clutch and select first gear.

Step 3:

Slowly let out the clutch and give it gas.

Step 4:

To do a hill start put on the handbrake.

Step 5:

Put it in gear and it give gas while letting out clutch.

Step 6:

Take off the handbrake and go.

Step 7:

To change between any gear put the clutch in.

Step 8:

Choose the gear.

Step 9:

Let out the clutch slowly and give it gas.

Step 10:

To get better gas mileage change gear at a lower rpm.

Step 11:

To take off fast, build up the revs with the clutch in and first gear selected.

Step 12:

Let out the clutch as fast as possible while putting the gas in all the way.

Step 13:

Change gear at the red line or wherever you think the most amount of power will come from. To go as fast as possible make every gear change as quick as you can by putting in the clutch, changing gear, and putting the gas all the way on as fast as you can.



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17 Discussions

Want to know what the revs are

what do you mean by give it gas?

wants to know position of clutch

where is the clutch show the position

Thanks for Instructions Driving a Car

Good, thank you for this learson , but s pls you most idrntify the parts of the car thank you

thank you but my friend didnt know which one was the clutch can u circle which one it is. for others i told her which one it was. but if someone has absolutly no clue they wont know wht it is lol

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Clutch Brake Accelerator

It's as easy as ABC (backwards)

Your right foot lets you move or stop only (same as automatic)

Your left foot engages or disengages the gearbox

okay pls i to know hw they ch

nger gear

I. Like it I feel learn more as am a new drive. Need help am a kenya with new driving licence from kenya now is like to month now am in israel' my question is how I can be on the road legal without problem with the police? My mail is I will appreciate much reading from u and to know. Thanks in advance. (Paul)


2 years ago

good stuff !!!!

U truly reduce the complexity of this world

For those just trying to learn to drive a stick, let me make this suggestion (I have used this to train my stepdaughter and have had others report positive results). Go to an area with no traffic and flat, like a parking lot on early sunday morning. Have the student start the car, put it in first gear, then, using ONLY the clutch, release it till the car moves. Repeat this until the motion is fluid. If you can find a small incline also with no traffic, you can use the same technique for practicing at stops on hills.