Some Useful Advice On Driving A Manual Vehicle

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Published: 19th September 2012
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Finding out how to drive a manual motor vehicle is not easy for lots of people, but with time and practice it becomes second nature. These pointers can get anyone started in the correct direction.

Obtain a driver's licence to start with. You can make an application through the Driver And Vehicle Licensing Authority (in the UK), and it usually will take two to three weeks to arrive through. When you've gotten your licence, you could start driving lessons, or get a car, some insurance and a supervising driver and try it on your own. To start with, receiving assistance from a Driving Instructor will make things much easier. To get your full licence, you must pass the theory test, then the driving test. In the UK, these are set by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA).

In the Car

To start with, look down at the ground; you'll see 3 pedals. From right to left, they are: accelerator, brake and clutch (ABC).

Study the straightforward diagram on top of the gears, that will demonstrate the location where the gears will be. In most brand-new cars and trucks, this will likely look like a three-legged H. First, third and fifth gears are at the tops of the legs; second, fourth and reverse gears are at the bottoms. The crossbar of the H is neutral. In case the car or truck has 6 forward gears, this will likely often be along the bottom, with reverse moving towards the top left position.

Don't do anything that is very quick, or abrupt. Keep calm and examine each and every situation as it presents itself. As an example, don't switch lanes unless you are absoulutely certain the coast is clear. Driving can be a nervous experience (especially at first). It is best to take your time and do the right thing at the best time.

Practice makes permanent. Good habits (such as turning your head to check on your blind spot) will stick.....bad habits (ignoring mirrors and coasting) will stick also.

How you can Move A Manual Car

- Push on the clutch pedal and then move the gearshift into the neutral position.

- Start the vehicle.

- Keeping the clutch pedal down, put the car or truck in to 1st gear by shifting the gearshift to the top-left position.

- Start to release the clutch pedal gently; when you hear or feel the engine start to reduce, slowly but surely press down on the gas pedal as you continue to release the clutch.

- At this moment, release the handbrake and the car will begin to move forward.

And you're off!

When you've passed your driving test (or should you be practicing in your car) there are other things to consider:

Be prepared. If you'll be driving on a toll road or over a bridge, there can be charges, therefore be sure to have enough money.
If you're going to be parking your car or truck on the road or car park, ensure you have got cash for a parking ticket if it's required.
Similarly, if you are driving in the cold weather, make sure that your car comes with the proper equipment for an emergency. Warm clothing, a spade and snow chains might be useful. The same goes for driving in the heat of summer when drinking water and sunglasses can help.
Never ever be caught without a spare tyre. Flat tyres take place all the time. You don't wish to be stranded on the side of the road waiting for a recovery truck.

Rob Laird is a fully qualified DSA Driving Instructor working in the UK. He runs the RPL Driving School which offers driving courses in Upminster. If you want for more information take a look at

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