How to Drive a Manual Car


Here is a basic guide on how to drive a manual car. Driving is an easy task especially when you have a good instructor and you’re willing to learn. Easy but requires detailed calculation when you hit the road. Whether you’re looking to drive a manual or an automatic car, there are some basics every aspiring driver must know.

Automatic gearboxes are on high demand and manuals are becoming an endangered species. The focus of this article is to show you how to drive a manual car.


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Before You Start

In manual cars, you would find three different pedals: the clutch, brake and the accelerator (left to right). The names are quite explanatory and you’d probably already guess which does which function.

The brake pedal is for reducing speed – press it to slow down(the firmer, the faster you’d lose speed). While the accelerator is for increasing and causing the car to speed up (the firmer, the quicker you gain speed). The difference between a manual and auto is the clutch pedal, it’s what makes driving an auto easier.

The clutch connects the drive wheels to the engine. On holding down the clutch pedal, you’re disconnecting the engine from the wheels.


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How to Drive a Manual Car

1. Go into your car and get your seatbelt on. Ensure you do this, please.

2. Insert the key into the ignition and turn right till the engine comes on. Then put the clutch pedal down towards the left.

3. Take the gear into the first Gear.

4. Hold down the accelerator gently with your right foot. This is to increase the engine revs slightly.

5. Lift the clutch pedal slowly with your left foot till it starts vibrating.

6. The vibration is referred to as the car’s “bite point”, where the clutch plates start coming together.

7. The car begins to move slowly once the handbrake is removed.

8. Then move forward using the accelerator pedal while you raise your foot off the clutch.


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Some Benefits of Driving a Manual Gearbox

It comes down to personal preference when determining which gearbox is better but there are some benefits to driving a manual.

Manual gearboxes are cheaper to purchase and a lot better on fuel than automatics.

“There are a number of reasons for this – automatic gearboxes are usually heavier than manuals, and traditional torque-converter auto ’boxes would waste energy building the resistance of the hydraulic fluid to transfer drive from the engine to the wheels.

Manual gearboxes are generally better for those who like to feel in control, too.

When you want to overtake in a manual, a gear can be dropped down in advance for a quick reaction when acceleration is needed. but in an automatic, there might be slight delay when you intend to accelerate. Nowadays, many automatics come with manual or sport modes for this situation.

This also occurs in poor conditions like driving a manual car in a swampy area or in the snow or in traffic.

Using an automatic gearbox may get confusing, selecting the wrong gear, spinning the wheels or struggling to maintain momentum.

Whereas in a manual, you can switch to a higher gear to increase torque, or slow down using the gears rather than the brakes. This will help the driver remain in control and on track.


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