How to Drive a Manual Car? All you need to know
Although manual transmission is slowly fading away from the automobile sector in Pakistan, there are still a considerable amount of vehicles that come with a manual gearbox. Driving a manual car is not particularly difficult; however, you have to keep in mind specific steps before getting behind the steering wheel of a manual car. Manual transmission is still the most prominent transmission in the world right now. This article will sum up some of the most helpful techniques that you can use to drive your manual car efficiently.
Essential information to remember while driving a manual vehicle
The most important part of a manual transmission is the gear lever or gear stick. With the help of the clutch, the driver engages the gear lever with the engine to change gears. There are three types of paddles in a manual vehicle. These paddles are the accelerator, brake, and clutch. Use your left foot to operate the clutch only and use your right foot to apply the brake and accelerate the car. The gear knob on the top of the gear stick shows the number of gears in the manual transmission.
Before starting a manual vehicle, make sure the car is not in gear. To ensure this, press on the clutch and put the gear shifter or the gear lever in the central or neutral position. Unlock the steering wheel by plugging the key in the ignition and tilting a steering wheel slightly. After starting your vehicle, press the clutch fully and put the gear shifter in the first gear. Thereafter, put your right foot on the brake and release the hand brake or the parking brake by pressing on the button on the top and pushing it down. The reason behind putting the right foot on the brake is to ensure that the vehicle does not move if it is parked on an inclined surface.
After this, push on the accelerator slowly and ensure that while you are doing this, the rpm reaches 1500. When the rpm reaches 1500, slowly take your left foot off from the clutch, and the car will start to move gradually. Once the vehicle begins to move, you can take your left foot off from the clutch completely. In order to stop the car, press again on the clutch with your left foot and gradually apply the brake with your right foot. Put the gear shifter in the neutral position again and apply the parking/hand brake. After applying the hand brake, you can take your feet off from both the clutch and the brake.
When the car is in the first gear, you will feel that the vehicle starts to become ‘heavy’ as the rpm rises. When this happens, press on the clutch again and shift to the second gear. Do the same thing when the rpm rises to a substantial level in the second gear, and the car starts to feel stressed, and the sound of the engine is more audible.
General information on manual transmission
Manual transmission usually comes in two types – sliding mesh and constant mesh. Inside a manual transmission, there are three types of shafts. These are input, output, and counter. Power from the engine enters into the gearbox using the input shaft. This power is then shifted to the gears using the counter-shaft. Output shaft then finally transmits this power to the wheels.
Another helpful tip while driving a manual car is not to keep on pressing the clutch while the car is idle on a traffic signal. When you do this, there is undue pressure on the transmission, which leads to wear and tear of its component parts. The best thing to do in this situation is to put the car in neutral, take your foot off the clutch and press the brake. Moreover, avoid putting your hand on the gear shifter while the vehicle is moving, as this also puts undue pressure on the transmission, which can break component parts. Do not use the clutch to hold your vehicle in place in the mountainous areas. When the rpm of your engine is low, do not accelerate your car a lot, as this will lead to power losses from the engine. Put the car in the suitable gear according to the speed at which you are traveling.
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