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How to drive a manual car

By blogsadmin | Posted in FAQs, General Information, How To, Tips & Tricks on Saturday, February 24th, 2018 at 10:13 pm

Tips on Driving a Manual Transmission Vehicle

There are many drivers that prefer driving a manual transmission car compared to an automatic transmission vehicle.  Though, to drive stick shift, there are a few specific things to know about it.  So, in order to teach you how to drive a manual car, we have some tips for you to look over.

Difference Between a Manual Car and an Automatic Car

There are a few components that are in a manual car that you won’t see in a regular automatic vehicle.  One is the clutch pedal.  This pedal is located on the far left from the gas and brake pedals.  In order to shift gears, you must press down on the clutch pedal, you will use your left foot to do this as your right foot is needed for the gas and brake pedals.  The other component that is different is the gear shifter itself.  In an automatic car, you see letters to indicate Drive, Reverse, Park, etc., however, you won’t see that in a manual car.  Instead, you will see numbers that indicate the different gears, though there will still be an “R” for “Reverse.”

Now, this is important to remember, there is no designated gear for parking in a manual car.  Whenever you park your vehicle, you must remember to engage the parking brake.

manual gear shift iconManual Gears and How to Shift Them

Each gear has a specific motion that is used to move the gear shift and each gear covers a 15-mph range.

  • 1st Gear: you will move it left and up for 1-15 mph
  • 2nd Gear: you will move it left and down for 15-30 mph
  • 3rd Gear: you will move it straight up for 30-45 mph
  • 4th Gear: you will move it straight down for 45-60 mph
  • 5th Gear: you will move it right and up for 60-75 mph
  • 6th Gear: you will movie it right and down for 75-90 mph

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How to Drive Stick Shift

woman driving stick shift

  1. Push the clutch all the way down before starting the car
  2. Push the brake pedal down andstart your car 
  3. Push the clutch down and shift your car into 1stgear 
  4. Release the barking brake
  5. Rev your engine between 1,500 rpm and 2,000 rpm so that your vehicle doesn’t stall
  6. When you feel the clutch engage, slowly lift your foot off the clutch. Your vehicle should start to roll forward
  7. Slowly push the gas pedal and when your engine reaches 3,000 rpm, shift into 2ndgear 
  8. To stop, push down on the clutch and the brake, then move the gearshift into neutral

Remember to return your gear shift to neutral before you turn your car on.

If you are interested in a manual transmission vehicle, you can stop in or contact us at Indy Honda to learn which Honda models offer manual.

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