How to Essay (Stick Shift / Manual Transmission)

909 words 4 pages
Andrew J. Lontok
Prof. Babcock
ENG 111
03/11/2013

How to: Driving a Manual/Stick-shift Vehicle Have you ever wanted to learn how to drive ‘stick’; or maybe, the car you saved up for only comes with a manual transmission? Perhaps you rather look more ‘slick’ and have more experience by driving a manual rather than a plain old automatic? Driving a manual vehicle is not very difficult if you follow these steps: getting used to using the clutch-pedal and the gearbox, beginning to drive, and learning to shift while driving.
When first learning how to drive a standard (Manual) vehicle, you need to become accustomed to using the three foot- pedals, instead of using only two like you normally would when driving an automatic vehicle.
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It is best to first learn on an empty parking lot. You’re going to stall and lurch the car, so practice in an area where there aren’t many bystanders and other vehicles; and where you have a flat surface. Empty parking lots were ideal place to learn for majority of ‘us’ stick-shift drivers. Also, it may a good idea to have a buddy with you in the passenger seat, whom of which drives a manual so they can better your experience with the frustration. Press in the clutch and brake pedal, and start the car; be sure to check that the gearbox is in neutral and that the hand-brake (e-brake) is engaged. Remember, that in order to ‘fire-up’ a vehicle with a manual transmission, it is required to always need to have the clutch pressed-in while you turn the key to start the car. You do not need to have your right- foot pressed down on the brake to start the car (like with an automatic transmission), although it’s a good habit of doing so. With the clutch-pedal pushed down with your left foot, and your right foot pressed on the brake; fire the car up, release the hand-brake (e-brake), shift into first, then apply a little pressure on the gas-pedal while ‘very-slowly’ releasing clutch. Houston, we have

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