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Old 08-20-2009, 07:00 PM   #1
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What is the main thing to remember when learning to drive a standard shift?

So i turned sixteen this year and my dad is buying me a car but he is set on buying me stick shift. I'm kind of scared on learning how to drive it. He tried to teach me a little on his car ( 2008-2009 mustang gt 500) and once i got it going on a flat road it was easy but starting it and getting it going and stopping without killing it was hard.
So what is the main thing to remember? What's the trick?
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Old 08-20-2009, 07:45 PM   #2
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What is the main thing to remember when learning to drive a standard shift?

The main thing is not to crash.
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Old 08-20-2009, 08:05 PM   #3
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What is the main thing to remember when learning to drive a standard shift?

The key? The clutch, plain and simple.

Co-ordinating smooth clutch action and your gear changes as well as the actions of your right foot on the accelerator. After a while it becomes second nature, but at first you are trying to do all this while driving safely.

Don't worry too much though: the average driver picks up a decent level of skill fairly quickly.
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Old 08-20-2009, 08:18 PM   #4
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What is the main thing to remember when learning to drive a standard shift?

Slow, smooth, and easy.

It's all in training the left leg to move like your right does without you having to think about it.
Practicing the motions slow, smooth, and easy will get you there. Driving with that philosophy will mean never having to repair or replace a clutch.
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Old 08-20-2009, 08:48 PM   #5
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What is the main thing to remember when learning to drive a standard shift?

Make believe you a rope tied to each foot running around the back of your collar so every time your right foot goes down your left foot comes up.and when your left foot goes down your right foot comes up.
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Old 08-20-2009, 09:24 PM   #6
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What is the main thing to remember when learning to drive a standard shift?

The clutch is the most important step/part of driving stick. It takes practice to get smooth shifts, but it is much more "interesting" to drive than an automatic.

Just practice, practice, practice. You'll get it soon.
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Old 08-20-2009, 09:26 PM   #7
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What is the main thing to remember when learning to drive a standard shift?

Left foot is always the clutch!
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Old 08-20-2009, 09:34 PM   #8
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What is the main thing to remember when learning to drive a standard shift?

go 1 2 3 4 and you cant get hurt
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