In India, most of the vehicles come equipped with manual transmission and in some cars automatic one is offered as an option. Learning to drive with an automatic gear-box is simple as the gear automatically shifts depending on acceleration and braking. While manual transmission implies the driver to change gears with each time he accelerates or stops the vehicle. The second one might be frustrating but as the time passes you will know the delight of manual gear-box.
1)Important thing to note is that cars with manual transmission do not start in gears. So first, insert the keys in the ignition and press the clutch pedal towards the ground.
2)Now turn the ignition keys while keeping your right foot pressed on the brake pedal.
3)Gently release the emergency brake which is generally located on central console or on driver’s side dashboard. The placement of control depends on the model and make of the vehicle.
4)Hold the gear stick with your left hand and put the car in the first gear. You need to slide the stick to the very right and then push forward. This is the usual position of first gear.
5)Release the clutch only when you feel that the car has begun to catch. Remember, not to release the clutch at once, do this slowly. Now accelerate a little bit. In this way the car will run smoothly.
6)Accelerate the car more as it advances; now you can lift your foot from the clutch pedal.
7)When the car attains certain speed, you need to press the clutch pedal again as you will be shifting the gear to second.
8 )Second gear is located underneath the first one. Repeat the procedure by slowly releasing the clutch pedal and accelerating the car to gain some speed.
9)As and when needed you can shift gear right till the last gear in your car by repeating the above procedure.
10)Neutral is generally located between the first and second gears. Whenever you wish to stop your car on any signal, depress the clutch and hit the brakes at the same time. Put your car in the neutral while waiting.