How to drive a manual car: 5 things to avoid (Part 2)

07/10/2018

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How many of these bad habits do you have?

In spite of the rise of the automatic transmission, many are still clinging onto their manual vehicles and even when you give them an exotic deal for a swap between the two, manual car motorists may never wish to leave their manual for merits it brings along: the ultimate and traditional sense of complete control over their vehicles. Still, there’re mistakes even professionals may commit, check out our today’s article on How to drive a manual car: 5 things to avoid to know if you’ve done something wrong with your beloved manual vehicle. For part 1 of the topic, find it at How to drive a manual car: 5 things to avoid (Part 1).

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Manual car motorists may never wish to leave their manual for merits it brings along

1. Brake without applying the clutch

The clutch not only benefits gear engagement but also braking. It is recommended that don’t disengage the clutch pedal till the very end. The longer the motor gets engaged, the more advantages we take from the car’s natural resistance, hence reduce the stopping distance and brake wearing.

2. Shift gears without applying the clutch

Because the clutch is, in fact, a friction disc which works to generate power from the powertrain to the transmission. You can only shift gears if you distract this workflow; therefore, it is critical to apply the clutch if you intend to switch between gears. Without practicing this, your transmission and engine may get damaged.

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It is critical to apply the clutch if you intend to switch between gears

3. Forcefully apply the gas pedal at low RPM

Applying the gas pedal helps to pick speed. However, to do it, the car needs enough gas and get through the normal shifts. It is dismal and harmful to speed up quickly while your engine’s on high gears. Instead of making your engine suffer, be patient enough to downshift first, which is more beneficial to the powertrain.

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It is dismal and harmful to speed up quickly while your engine’s on high gears

4. Foot on the clutch when driving

The clutch is for switching between gears. Many are in habit of resting their feet on the clutch pedal while the car is on the move so they don't have to move their leg when changing gears. This will quicken a worn out clutch and should be avoided.

5. Use the clutch bite point to avoid rolling backward on an incline

While driving up an incline, many drivers disengage the clutch until the bite point apply the throttle to keep the car stay steady. This practice wears out your clutch and friction material. There’re many ways to hold your vehicle on a downhill road. You can consult the video below:

Video: Braking VS Downshifting-Advice For Driving A Manual Car

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