Nowadays, driving a manual car has become a lost art form as more and more people opt for the more convenient automatic cars. Considering the fun involved in driving a manual car, you really get a sense of machine symbiosis when you master the manual transmission. And there’s nothing like some good heel-toe action.
How it’s done
• Place the key in the ignition and press the clutch pedal to the floor mat. Manual transmission vehicles will not start if they are in gear.
• Apply pressure to the brake pedal with your right foot. Turn the key to start the ignition.
• Release the emergency brake. You will find the release either on the center console or under the driver’s side dash, depending on the make and model of your car.
• Place your right hand on the stick and slide it into the first gear position. This is the slot all the way to the left and up in most cars.
• Slowly release the clutch until you feel it start to catch, and then apply gentle pressure to the gas. The idea is to take off as smoothly as possible.
• Give the car more gas as it accelerates, and remove your foot from the clutch.
• Gain some speed and then depress the clutch again, while simultaneously releasing the gas.
• Shift into second gear, which is directly below first. Slowly release the clutch and give the car gas again to get up to speed.
• Repeat this process all the way through fifth gear, depending on your car’s gear type.
• Depress the clutch and hit the brakes at the same time when you need to slow down. Pop the car into neutral while you wait at a light or stop sign, then start shifting from first. Neutral is usually the space in-between up and down on your stick.