With the dawn of the digital age it possible to learn how to drive stick using video game as practice. This can be good for the beginner weary of the cautions of real street-driving in addition to preventing wear and tear on the car itself.
The trick to manual shift driving is the careful coordination of handwork of shifting and the legwork. After considerable practice of shifting, the manual driver will have developed skill pivoting their feet between the clutch (always the far left) and gas pedal (far right). As always, hand over hand motion is recommended for turning the steering wheel.
One thing to beware of when learning how to drive stick, is stalling the engine. The most common cause of stalling is improper release of the clutch when pressing the gas pedal and going to first gear with holding down clutch. The clutch must be released slowly to prevent stalling. Putting a manual car into reverse is just as easy as going into first gear. Hold the clutch down and move directly into reverse, for most cars directly back and to the far right (a double motion that involves moving the clutch back and to the right twice). Once shifted finally apply gas, pivoting from the gas with your feet. A final caution in terms of stalling: when stopping the car make sure to hold the clutch down first, then apply the brake and switch to neutral or park.
The last thing to be aware of for the beginning stick driver is the tachometer which indicates the RPM of the car. This is especially important for the manual driver as it indicates when to shift. Accelerate until the car reaches between 2 and 3 on the tachometer and then change gears. This is both good for the engine and provides the best gas mileage.
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