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How To Drive A Manual Car for Beginners Step by Step :: Lesson #1

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The basic skill for learning to drive a manual car is clutch control. Learn how here - watch the video. PASS YOUR ROAD TEST FIRST TIME CHECKLIST: https://www.smartdrivetest.com/pass-road-test-checklist SUBSCRIBE TODAY! ► http://youtube.com/c/smartdrivetest See Topics Below. This video is for absolute beginners. The two hardest gears to learn in a manual car are first and reverse. Introduction 0:03 Prologue 2:50 Shift Pattern 3:04 How a Transmission Works - Basics 5:26 Finding the Friction (Biting) Point 8:27 Exercise #1 - Finding the Friction Point (Biting Point) 9:13 Exercise #2 - Moving the Vehicle 12:38 Conclusion 17:07 Question: Do you have exercises for students to learn clutch control? 19:55 Blooper 20:42 A shift pattern for any manual transmission is a basic 'H' pattern. And the transmission pattern or shift pattern is the same regardless of whether you're driving a left-hand or right-hand drive vehicle. First and second gear will be on the left side of the shift pattern. Third and fourth gear will be in the middle of the shift pattern and often, fifth and reverse will be on the right side of the gear box. Most standard transmissions will be a 5-speed. Vehicle manufacturers are beginning to make 6- and even 7-speed transmissions, but if you can drive a 5-speed the other transmission configurations are straight forward. Know that the shifter is designed to rest at the middle gears when in neutral. Thus to go to first and second you need to push/pull the selector to the left, and to go to fifth gear--and often reverse--you have to push/pull the gear selector to the right. When learning to drive a manual transmission it is important to isolate the clutch and learn to find the friction point - the point where the clutch connects the engine with the drive train and the vehicle begins to move forward. As I said this is the absolute first lesson, and you are only going to learn clutch control. Without clutch control, you are going to have difficulty driving a manual car well. EXERCISE #1 - with the parking brake applied, simply bring the clutch out to the friction point, let the engine revs drop a couple hundred rpm and then push the clutch back in. Do this exercise for both first gear and reverse gear. Do it approximately 30 times for each gear. EXERCISE #2 – this exercise moves the vehicle forward with just the clutch. Put your right foot on the brake and put the gear selector into a forward gear. Keep your right foot on the brake, both hands on the steering wheel, and bring the clutch out to the friction point and hold. When the engine bogs down a bit, release the brake because now the vehicle is being held by the clutch. Slowing bring the clutch out through the friction zone until you are able to completely take your foot off the clutch. Because the most vehicles are electronic fuel injection, these will not stall. The engine will torque up when more power is called forward. When the vehicle rolls forward, push the clutch in and engage the brake to stop the vehicle. Do this exercise approximately 30 times for both first and reverse. These are the fundamental exercises for learning clutch control. After you learn clutch control, the rest of the gears and driving a manual transmission are fairly easy. But without clutch control, it will be difficult to drive a manual car. Spend the time here on the fundamentals and you will find that you can competently drive a manual transmission within a few hours. *********************** www.smartdrivetest.com www.facebook.com/smartdrivetest www.twitter.com/smartdrivetest www.instagram.com/smartdrivetest/
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Syed Faiyaz Rabbi (1 year ago)
Excellent video, very helpful
PixelPro 83 (10 months ago)
OK this is cool And asome
Aanu .T Oduyemi (1 year ago)
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Syed Faiyaz Rabbi (1 year ago)
Do you have any videos on Car engine, basic check up and maintenance
Smart Drive Test (1 year ago)
Hi Syed Faiyaz Rabbi - Thank you for your comment and compliment. And you are most welcome. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
H K (8 days ago)
I recently got my driving license (drove the lessons and test with a new car) and got my parents old car that they don't need anymore, and I ran into the problem that it doesn't let you "roam" the car forwards before hitting the throttle like with the new car I was used to, so it's been hard to give just enough throttle while also releasing the clutch slowly enough so the car doesn't turn off. Have had alot of problems with the car shutting off because of that mistake or giving too much gas where the tires will spin on the ice/snow. I'll have to practice some more at a empty parking lot to get the feel of the car. :/
Smart Drive Test (7 days ago)
Hi H K - Thank you for your comment. And yes my friend those older cars are less forgiving and demand that you learn clutch control. Once you learn clutch control you can drive any vehicle. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Sedirilwe Morwakwena (14 days ago)
Woow...I can relate
Smart Drive Test (9 days ago)
Hi Sedirilwe Morwakwena - Apologies for the late response. Thank you for your comment. And we're happy to hear that you can relate and also learn how to drive a manual transmission. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Michael Shults (16 days ago)
Older say 90s manuals will the vehicle stall if I don't give it gas on the clutch control? If not. How long will it continue to go forward without pushing clutch or gas/accelerator before it stalls?
Smart Drive Test (9 days ago)
Hi Michael Shults - Apologies for the late response. Thank you for your comment and query. On flat ground, the vehicle will continue to go forward without stalling. See this video for further information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4AW_1hz6Rg&index=3&list=PL0x-bChcUvwE4covDy04Sre8cPPb-q4HL&t=8s If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Elsiedie Bunag (16 days ago)
Hi. Im just learning how to drive. I though that as you release the clutch you have to step on the gas for the vehicle to move. But watching this video it seems that the car will move by jusr releasing the cluth. Can you enlightene more.. thank you so much
Smart Drive Test (3 days ago)
Hi Elsiedie Bunag - you are most welcome my friend. All the best, Cheers Rick
Elsiedie Bunag (3 days ago)
+Smart Drive Test thank u so much
Smart Drive Test (9 days ago)
Hi Elsiedie Bunag - Apologies for the late response. Thank you for your comment and query. Understand that clutch control is the basis of being able to drive a manual transmission well. After you master clutch control, then you add the throttle. See this video for more information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4AW_1hz6Rg&index=3&list=PL0x-bChcUvwE4covDy04Sre8cPPb-q4HL&t=8s If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Moses Kimeli (17 days ago)
Good, helpful
Smart Drive Test (16 days ago)
Hi Moses Kimeli - Thank you for your comment. And you are most welcome. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Mjemmila Rui (21 days ago)
I usually get confuse with the shipment of the gears now I can do it more easily. Thank you Mr. Rick.
Smart Drive Test (20 days ago)
Hi Mjemmila Rui - Thank you for your comment. And you are most welcome. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Lia Nelio (24 days ago)
Thanks for this video
Smart Drive Test (23 days ago)
Hi Lia Nelio - Thank you for your comment and query. And this is the video which you seek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVG3EBSY-dY&index=11&list=PL0x-bChcUvwEEgkK0h5hPQAd_xoF8WOoo&t=6s If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Lia Nelio (23 days ago)
Can you post more videos regarding steering in curve road and driving on hill thats my weakness hope you can help.Thank you sir
Smart Drive Test (23 days ago)
Hi Lia Nelio - Thank you for your comment. And you are most welcome. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Teboho Moloi (29 days ago)
Thank you
Smart Drive Test (13 days ago)
Hi Teboho Moloi - you are most welcome my friend. All the best, Cheers Rick
Teboho Moloi (23 days ago)
I am grateful you took your precious time to shot these videos , I am from south Africa . Your videos are so helpful as we have lack of qualified instructors here . I will watch them all and get back to you.
Smart Drive Test (27 days ago)
Hi Teboho Moloi - Thank you for your comment. And you are most welcome. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Nabaasa Isaac. (29 days ago)
Educative, informative 👍
Smart Drive Test (27 days ago)
Hi Nabaasa Isaac. - Thank you for your comment. And you are most welcome. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Roy Raymundo (1 month ago)
What car model is that(including the year model)? With electronic fuel injection
Smart Drive Test (27 days ago)
Hi Roy Raymundo - Thank you for your comment. And that vehicle is a 1998 Honda CRV. Most vehicles manufactured after 1990 are going to have electronic fuel injection. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Leonardo Apolinario (1 month ago)
Thank you,
Smart Drive Test (1 month ago)
Hi Leonardo Apolinario - Thank you for your comment. And you are most welcome. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Eden Beauty (1 month ago)
Thank you from the 🇬🇧. I am having my practical test soon, am glad I came across your video, really useful tips on clutch control.
Smart Drive Test (1 month ago)
Hi Eden Beauty - Thank you for your comment. We're happy to hear we could help out. You're going to do awesome. Remember to breath; that will cause your body to relax. Good luck on your road test! Be sure to let us know how it goes. All the best, Cheers Rick
Nicki Cruz (1 month ago)
This lesson #1 is a best and absolutely correct video.."the clutch control", this is the basic fundamentals on how to move the card forward or reverse..when the student driver are thoroughly familiar to do the clutch control, then car acceleration will be followed through the gas pedal... Thanks a lot for this very helpful technical driving lesson.
Smart Drive Test (1 month ago)
Hi Nicki Cruz - Thank you for your comment and compliment. We're happy to hear we could help out. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Iyabode Olaosebikan (1 month ago)
Thank you Rick. So helpful. Thats the problem i am having. Clutch control. Its my 2nd lesson yesterday. But the busy roads are not helping. I think i would tell my instructor to take me to the parkimg lot today just to practice clutch control and changing gears. So helpful.
Smart Drive Test (1 month ago)
Hi Iyabode Olaosebikan - Thank you for your comment. And yes, parking lot work is the best to work on clutch control. And remember to work on first and reverse - those are the toughest gears to master. You master those gears and getting the vehicle going from a dead stop and the rest is easy. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
ArT oF wAr (1 month ago)
Well done video! I may learn manual as a first car. The power of replacing a clutch myself OVER replacing an automatic done by the shop is miles above savings, a good investment. Also, direct drive sounds way more responsive than an automatics or CVTs fluid pressure.
Smart Drive Test (1 month ago)
Hi ArT oF wAr - Thank you for your comment. And blipping the throttle and rev matching are all techniques use in racing. I'm not saying you can't use those, but they take a lot of practice to master. And yes, you are doing the correct technique for hills starts. This video will give further information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQbtbVhOI8Q&index=9&list=PL0x-bChcUvwE4covDy04Sre8cPPb-q4HL&t=0s If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
ArT oF wAr (1 month ago)
Smart Drive Test I watched other videos where some were also very good but I seen some that were not so much. I saw that blipping throttle was thing to do rev matches. It’s to make the clutch flow smoothly so I don’t get rough shifts, rough shifts wares out the clutch and the engine. Another thing is hill starts, parking brake is the a training tool but the proper way for me to stop rolling is to hold the brake a little longer while I let go of the clutch slowly and when I get to the friction zone, I press throttle to go.
Smart Drive Test (1 month ago)
Hi ArT oF wAr - Apologies for the late response. Thank you for your comment. Yes, there are many advantages to a direct drive vehicle over an automatic. I'm not a fan of automatic transmissions my friend. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Matha Stinner (1 month ago)
The best video of the year. Thank you for your time and for wonderful representation of how to drive a manual car and clutch control for beginners like me.
Smart Drive Test (1 month ago)
Hi Matha Stinner - Thank you for your comment and compliment. And you are most welcome. We're happy to hear that we could help out. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Wei Jiang (1 month ago)
Thanks for the great video. It's really helpful.
Smart Drive Test (1 month ago)
Hi Wei Jiang - Thank you for your comment. And you are most welcome. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
okoro sixtus emedaobi (1 month ago)
What if we release the clutch immediately
Smart Drive Test (1 month ago)
Hi okoro sixtus emedaobi - Thank you for your comment and query. Releasing the clutch immediately is called dumping the clutch, and you will stall the engine. See this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8Xynx1b3M0&t=0s&list=PL0x-bChcUvwE4covDy04Sre8cPPb-q4HL&index=6 If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Ramiro Garcia (1 month ago)
Wow, you have over 300k miles on it. How do you take care of your car?
Smart Drive Test (1 month ago)
Hi Ramiro Garcia - Thank you for your comment and query. I got it when it had 240,000km on it. I'm certain that the vehicle spent much of it's life in the garage. And it's a Honda which helps too. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
calabrese098 (1 month ago)
You should wear your seatbelt as well
Neil Ford (1 month ago)
calabrese098 seatbelts are overrated
Smart Drive Test (1 month ago)
Hi calabrese098 - Thank you for your comment. And you should, but in the first lesson of learning clutch control, you're not actually moving the vehicle. Have a look at this video for getting the vehicle moving: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4AW_1hz6Rg&t=8s&list=PL0x-bChcUvwE4covDy04Sre8cPPb-q4HL&index=3 If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Ephraim Maqata (2 months ago)
Great stuff, so resourceful
Smart Drive Test (2 months ago)
Hi Ephraim Maqata - Apologies for the late response. Thank you for your comment and compliment. And you are most welcome. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Omar Majid (2 months ago)
oh thank you sir, not my trainer not my uncle whose car I was about to crash into the wall trying ti park it or any other bustard told me that the car can move without pressing the throttle!!!, all I know is it will be turned off, so my question was always: "how can I make micro moves?" for parking and things like that, it's all clear now , thank you very much.
Smart Drive Test (2 months ago)
Hi Omar Majid - Apologies for the late response. Thank you for your comment. The fundamentals of driving a manual is clutch control, and first and reverse are your hardest gears - master those and the rest are easy. See Lesson #2 of this series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4AW_1hz6Rg&list=PL0x-bChcUvwE4covDy04Sre8cPPb-q4HL&index=3&t=0s Also, do the exercises in this video for improving your overall driving skills: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJpMKkwEhxI&t=0s&list=PL0x-bChcUvwENfxb3Gsaj4ZNLWleZCNzG&index=4 If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
RB (2 months ago)
If you don't have the brake on at the friction point, should the car be still or slightly moving? You also said the car will hold at this point. I suppose this means that the wheels couldn't roll backwards because the clutch is just starting to move the wheels forward.
Smart Drive Test (2 months ago)
Hi RB - Thank you for your comment. The friction point when the car is being held by the clutch is a very fine point on the clutch pedal. By doing the exercises in this video you will learn clutch control, but it does take a bit of practice. In the second lesson, I show you how to combine the clutch with the throttle to prevent the vehicle from rolling backward. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Davis Muriithi (2 months ago)
This helped alot,thanks
Smart Drive Test (2 months ago)
Hi Davis Muriithi - Thank you for your comment. And you are most welcome. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Racheal Lange (2 months ago)
I am learning to drive a manual car after years of driving an automatic..I have a true fear of driving..but I have to..no choice..My husband has me on the road already..The fear takes over ..I can't feel the clutch...I am shaking all over and feel sick..I am an American that now lives in Germany...My husband is German...I stall the car often.I am scared to death..
Smart Drive Test (2 days ago)
Hi Lucifer our king - Thank you for your comment. All the best, Cheers Rick
Lucifer our king (25 days ago)
Hhhhh Rachel don't worry ,am African boy but I know automatic car ,one day I will help you !
Smart Drive Test (2 months ago)
Hi Racheal Lange - you are most welcome my friend. To learn how to control the clutch in combination with the other primary controls, I would suggest the exercises in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJpMKkwEhxI&index=4&list=PL0x-bChcUvwENfxb3Gsaj4ZNLWleZCNzG&t=5s Keep in mind too, that first and reverse are the 2 hardest gears to master - master those and the rest is easy. All the best, Cheers Rick
Racheal Lange (2 months ago)
Thank you so much!
Smart Drive Test (2 months ago)
Hi Racheal Lange - Thank you for your comment. And sorry to hear about your trepidation. If you're feeling the way you are, you should be working in a parking lot. I would suggest that work there until you get more comfortable with clutch control. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
WYCLIFFE MOCHAMA (2 months ago)
Very Helpful.
Smart Drive Test (2 months ago)
Hi WYCLIFFE MOCHAMA - Thank you for your comment. And you are most welcome. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
salim salim (2 months ago)
This video is really an addition to my knowledge
Smart Drive Test (2 months ago)
Hi salim salim - Thank you for your comment. And you are most welcome. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Elizabeth Arigadas (2 months ago)
Thank you sir Rick..love all your videos.
Smart Drive Test (2 months ago)
Hi Elizabeth Arigadas - Thank you for your comment. And you are most welcome. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
fuad mohamed (2 months ago)
i'm enjoy driving cars
Smart Drive Test (2 months ago)
Hi fuad mohamed - Thank you for your comment. And I do as well my friend. 80) If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Bernadette Washington (2 months ago)
Im a beginner which side is the trachometer
Smart Drive Test (2 months ago)
Hi Nachelle Washington - Thank you for your comment and query. The tachometer in my experience is always left of the throttle. The needle should go up and down as you press on the accelerator when the transmission is in neutral. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Freedoms Battle Pirates (3 months ago)
Muscles and clutch control lmfao is he tsking the piss. For a start muscles have nothing to with it. You also feel the point in your feet.
Smart Drive Test (3 months ago)
Hi Freedoms Battle Pirates - Thank you for your comment. And actually, like any physical activity muscles have a lot to do with it. It it your leg to which your foot is attached; without your leg you can control neither your ankle or your foot. And the coordination of these with your hands is paramount to the safe operation of driving a vehicle. If you watch someone move from foot pedals to hand controls and learn the fine motor control that is required to effectively control a motor vehicle, you poignantly understand kinaesthetic training. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Magli E. A. (3 months ago)
I really appreciate how clear and visual your explanations are. All of your videos have great relatable examples. Thank you Rick!
Smart Drive Test (3 months ago)
Hi Magli E. A. - Thank you for your comment and tremendous compliment. And you are most welcome. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Tadewose Lema (3 months ago)
Thankyou 👍
Smart Drive Test (3 months ago)
Hi Tadewose Lema - Thank you for your comment. And you are most welcome. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Toby james (3 months ago)
Thanks for the insight so educative
Smart Drive Test (3 months ago)
Hi Toby james - Apologies for the late response. Thank you for your comment. And you are most welcome. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Tumma Brandon Proof (3 months ago)
thanks very much for this lesson it has help me a lot
Smart Drive Test (3 months ago)
Hi Tumma Brandon Proof - Thank you for your comment. And you are most welcome. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Nicholas APODO ATTYANG (3 months ago)
Automatic transmission should be banned and phased out!!
Smart Drive Test (3 months ago)
Hi Nicholas APODO ATTYANG - Thank you for your comment. And I tend to agree; however, that isn't likely going to happen with the driving public. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Kishen Gindhe (3 months ago)
100 marks ,that is real coaching,impressive.
Smart Drive Test (3 months ago)
Hi Kishen Gindhe - Thank you for your comment and compliment. And we're happy to hear that we could help out. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Peter C (3 months ago)
Going to get my driving licence soon, really clear and helpful video! Thumbs up!
Smart Drive Test (3 months ago)
Hi Peter C - Thank you for your comment. We're glad we could help with your understanding of manual transmissions. You're going to do awesome. Remember to breath; that will cause your body to relax. Good luck on your road test! Be sure to let us know how it goes. All the best, Cheers Rick
Lynneth Zaspa (3 months ago)
Hi, new subbie here. I just got started with my driving lesson, and I had a hard time controlling the clutch😄 but thanks for the info, its very helpful.
Suleman Mito (1 month ago)
Lynneth Zaspa yeah
Smart Drive Test (3 months ago)
Hi Lynneth Zaspa - Thank you for your comment. Welcome to the smart drive test tribe. Controlling the clutch will get easier, but if you can hone that skill and improve it, driving a manual car will get easier and easier. It is the basis of driving a manual transmission. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Maiman Kisa (3 months ago)
I know how a manual works, I’m just having problems figuring out the clutch
Smart Drive Test (3 months ago)
Hi Maiman Kisa - Thank you for your comment. Clutch control is just a bit of practice my friend. After a week of driving you are going to be awesome. Try the exercises in this video for more practice with the clutch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJpMKkwEhxI&index=4&list=PL0x-bChcUvwENfxb3Gsaj4ZNLWleZCNzG&t=9s If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Yana Cobb (3 months ago)
You are amazing teacher.
Smart Drive Test (3 months ago)
Hi Yana Cobb - Thank you for your comment and compliment. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Yana Cobb (3 months ago)
Is the best video
Yana Cobb (3 months ago)
I like you teaching how to drive tha manual car.thank you so much i learn alot from you.
Abdelmalek Laouar (3 months ago)
Thanks
Smart Drive Test (3 months ago)
Hi Abdelmalek Laouar - Thank you for your comment. And you are most welcome. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Adu-Nkuah Robert (4 months ago)
Sir, your basic tutorial is so awesome and easy to go by. Clutch control - sensing the friction point.
Smart Drive Test (4 months ago)
Hi Adu-Nkuah Robert - Thank you for your comment. And you are most welcome. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Enhle Xhallie (4 months ago)
Thank you for this💓🙏🏾
Smart Drive Test (4 months ago)
Hi Enhle Xhallie - Thank you for your comment. And you are most welcome. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
lenovo lap (4 months ago)
very nice man i got 1st lesson its very helpful
Smart Drive Test (4 months ago)
Hi lenovo lap - Thank you for your comment. And you are most welcome. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Vivianne Leners (4 months ago)
I'm 15 but I'm driving my dad's Dodge ram which is a stick shift,I do have anxiety when it comes to driving so Im trying to learn this very well
Smart Drive Test (4 months ago)
Hi Vivianne Leners - Thank you for your comment. That is a big learning curve...driving a manual truck. If you haven't seen this video, have a look: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRX7iW4Jqcs&t=600s&index=3&list=PL0x-bChcUvwHfySp3YoW1B2TqFxh67R6v Look in the description for the topics and their times. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Frank Krug (4 months ago)
Nice teaching , just subscribed and liked the video Thanks a lot.
Tahakwi Milani (3 months ago)
Jose Luis Chavarria I love this
Smart Drive Test (4 months ago)
Hi Jose Luis Chavarria - Thank you for your comment. And you are most welcome. Welcome to the smart drive test tribe. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Mustafa aj (4 months ago)
Thank you 👍👆
Smart Drive Test (4 months ago)
Hi Mustafa aj - you are most welcome my friend. All the best, Cheers Rick
Rave Rivera (4 months ago)
very helpful for me as a beginner stick driver
Smart Drive Test (4 months ago)
Hi Rave Rivera - Thank you for your comment. And we're so glad that we could help out my friend. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
65MMREHP (5 months ago)
In LA stop and go traffic, do I just stay in 1st gear and pump the clutch to move forward slowly with a tap on the gas once in a while?
Karl Bryant (1 month ago)
65MMREHP that is how u burn your clutch, better to be in neutral
Smart Drive Test (5 months ago)
Hi 65MMREHP - you are most welcome my friend. All the best, Cheers Rick
65MMREHP (5 months ago)
Smart Drive Test you da man!
Smart Drive Test (5 months ago)
Hi 65MMREHP - Thank you for your query. Yes, depending on the speed, you'll have to work the clutch. Also, you might have to get up into second gear, depending on the speed of the flow of traffic. See this video for further lessons on driving a manual car: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4AW_1hz6Rg&t=52s&index=3&list=PL0x-bChcUvwE4covDy04Sre8cPPb-q4HL If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
hasi tv2 (5 months ago)
sir can you give me complete videos for manual car....i just start my lience...
hasi tv2 (5 months ago)
Smart Drive Test sir i want to take cousre for manual....can you send me detail
Smart Drive Test (5 months ago)
Hi hasi tv2 - Thank you for your query. Here are the videos you seek: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4AW_1hz6Rg&t=52s&list=PL0x-bChcUvwE4covDy04Sre8cPPb-q4HL&index=3 If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Anshul Avigya (5 months ago)
My car has no tachometer what can I do to figure out friction point
RB (5 months ago)
But try not to ride the clutch. If you have a little time before each move, it's better to be in neutral and brake.
Smart Drive Test (5 months ago)
Hi Anshul Avigya - Thank you for your query. Without a tachometer, the sound of the engine is going to be how you're going to tell how to shift. As well, look at the owner's manual--or online--for the suggested speeds for the different gears in your vehicle. If you practice the exercises in this video, you will have clutch control and that will help a lot with learning to drive manual. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Fredi Ven (5 months ago)
the most important is clutch control and find the biting point of it..thank you so much rick.
Smart Drive Test (5 months ago)
Hi Fredi Ven - Thank you for your comment. And you are most welcome. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Sister Rose (5 months ago)
Iam about to go to the test thank you very much for your big help.
Smart Drive Test (5 months ago)
Hi Sister Rose - Thank you for your comment. You're going to do awesome. Remember to breath; that will cause your body to relax. Good luck on your road test! Be sure to let us know how it goes. All the best, Cheers Rick
Aussie Pom (5 months ago)
When I learnt to drive many years ago I learnt to drive a manual and the driving instructors car had clutch and brake pedals in both foot wells. So getting used to driving a manual car was easy. Today many young people learn to drive on an automatic. But when they pass their driving test their license states they can only drive an automatic. They're not licensed to drive a manual. Yet if they learn on a manual and pass their driving test on a manual then they can drive both a manual and a automatic. That's here in Australia.
Smart Drive Test (5 months ago)
Hi Aussie Pom - Apologies for the late response. Thank you for your comment. I agree that it is important to be able to drive a manual transmission. My recommendation to students is to learn on a manual, take their test on an automatic and then go back to driving manual. However, if there is a restriction to automatic if the license is done in an automatic, then definitely take the test in a manual transmission. All the best, Cheers Rick
Ivan Petrov (5 months ago)
In which country is this?
Smart Drive Test (5 months ago)
Hi Ivan Petrov - Apologies for the late response. Thank you for your query. We're in Canada. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Vivian Sibley (5 months ago)
Excellent video, very useful and funny, I really enjoy to watch this. Thank you so much!
Smart Drive Test (5 months ago)
Hi Vivian Sibley - Thank you for your comment. And you are most welcome. We're happy to hear you found the video entertaining. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
angetodac (5 months ago)
great explanation about the clutch...I was never thought about it: we jumped to combine the clutch and the throttle to start moving the car...thanks!
Smart Drive Test (5 months ago)
Hi angetodac - Thank you for your response. I don't have the specific video you're looking for, but this one may help: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09SkIpKAfcY&list=PL0x-bChcUvwENfxb3Gsaj4ZNLWleZCNzG&index=33&t=0s If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
angetodac (5 months ago)
u welcome...yes,it might be some I need little help: show us how to do the tranzition from european cars driving on the right side of the road to the british ones that have the wheel on the right side of the car,if possible...changing the gear with the left hand instead of right...little dificult.thanks again: learning how to syncronize clutch and throtl was a mater of "feeling the car"...what a joke!
Smart Drive Test (5 months ago)
Hi angetodac - Thank you for your comment. You are so right my friend. The fundamentals of driving a manual transmission is clutch control. If you can control the clutch you can drive almost any vehicle almost instantaneously. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
koolfoolable (5 months ago)
I have an older Carbeurated truck with no Tachometer. Any tips? It seems easy to stall and you really have to give some gas. So I end up burning the clutch.
Smart Drive Test (5 months ago)
Hi koolfoolable - Thank you for your comment and query. When you get the clutch out to the friction point, you have to work the throttle. And the most important part is to get the clutch out quickly and smoothly while at the same time give it lots of fuel. It's a matter of practice, but you have to get your foot off the clutch as quickly as possible. See this video for more explanation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4AW_1hz6Rg&t=52s&index=3&list=PL0x-bChcUvwE4covDy04Sre8cPPb-q4HL And when shifting between gears, have a look at the speed of the vehicle that works best for each shift. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Giveness Ndebele (5 months ago)
Very helpful. Thank you
Smart Drive Test (5 months ago)
Hi Giveness Ndebele - Thank you for your comment. And you are most welcome. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Masster Wushu (5 months ago)
So we need to push the clutch all the way in while driving? Or can we just shift at the friction point?
Smart Drive Test (5 months ago)
Hi Masster Wushu - Thank you for your query. It depends on the vehicle, but most clutches, you can just push down past the friction point. Some vehicles will require that you push all the way down to the floor - I had a Greyhound bus in Australia that insisted on the clutch being pushed to the floor. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Masster Wushu (5 months ago)
Great video! Very informative!!
Smart Drive Test (5 months ago)
Hi Masster Wushu - Thank you for your comment. Glad we could help you out. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
65MMREHP (6 months ago)
Best video on driving manual. I watched this months ago but had to search YouTube to find it again. Don't waste your time watching a guy teach using a Lamborghini. This video has what most people need.
Smart Drive Test (6 months ago)
Hi 65MMREHP - Thank you for your comment and very flattering endorsement. We're happy to hear that you found the video again. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
mommy_26 3 (6 months ago)
Hi can you please do a video of driving using a steering wheel knob for disabled people I have a problem turning the steering wheel because of one of my hands
Smart Drive Test (6 months ago)
Hi mommy_26 3 - Thank you for your comment and request. Where are you learning to drive in the world? And are you using a spinner knob on an automatic or manual transmission vehicle? If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
bashee r (6 months ago)
as a beginner, its really very helpful to me. thank you so much rick.
Smart Drive Test (6 months ago)
Hi BR K - Thank you for your comment. And you are most welcome. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Alex Blance (7 months ago)
very Helpful tutorial..step by step, Thank You for posting this
Smart Drive Test (7 months ago)
Hi Alex Blance - Thank you for your comment. And you are most welcome. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
DIVINE AMABLE CHERUBIN (7 months ago)
Hi, am preparing for my driving test and with your guidelines and videos I've acquired a lot of lessons.
Smart Drive Test (7 months ago)
Hi AMABLE DIVINE - Thank you for your comment. And you are most welcome. We're happy to hear the information is helping you learn to drive there in Ghana. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Allan M (7 months ago)
Learning to drive at 49 . Need all the help that I can get. Thanks a lot
icycream1406 (5 months ago)
Were you living in Saudi Arabia? The government just allowed women to drive here that's why at 32 I'm only starting to learn how to drive now. Good luck to us all!
Smart Drive Test (7 months ago)
Hi Allan M - Thank you for your comment. And congratulations on learning to drive - that's a stellar goal. How'd you get around so long without a license? Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
I need a manual tramission
77714anthony (8 months ago)
I’ve watched countless “How to drive a manual car” this is one of the better ones 👍
Rafaqat Ahmed (8 months ago)
very nice and helpful I like it
Thabiso Malemela (5 months ago)
you are very good help,course I don't have licence already i know to drive manual car always i watch your video
NADINE MBU (8 months ago)
Very helpful!
Smart Drive Test (8 months ago)
Hi NADINE MBU - Thank you for your comment. And you are most welcome. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
T Smithey (8 months ago)
Thank you for this video. Very helpful. Before, I never paid attention to the tachometer and had trouble finding the friction point.
Smart Drive Test (8 months ago)
Hi Teresa Smithey - Thank you for your comment. And we're happy to hear that the information helped out with finding the friction point and mastering clutch control. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
ernanie garcia (8 months ago)
thanks for the lesson
Smart Drive Test (8 months ago)
Hi ernanie garcia - Thank you for your comment. And you are most welcome. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
David Mwakima (8 months ago)
An excellent introductory lesson.The instruction is clear and straightforward. The instructor also lays emphasis on what's important by giving exercises. Can't wait to see more videos!
B.Tech Kumar (8 months ago)
I don't have a car but watching your videos in hope that someday I'll have one.
Neeta Shewaramani (8 months ago)
This was beyond helpful 😭😭🙏🏻
Smart Drive Test (8 months ago)
Hi Yukta Menghani - Thank you for your comment. And you are most welcome. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Sergei Lebadev (8 months ago)
I lived in Toronto, Canada ('a 'foam' town where they make good beer...) for many years and learned to drive an automatic car. Now I'm back in the UK, I have to learn how to drive using a clutch, and this video is really helpful. Thanks a lot...
Sergei Lebadev (7 months ago)
Thanks a lot, very kind of you! Best wishes...
Smart Drive Test (8 months ago)
Hi Sergei Lebadev - Thank you for your comment. And you are most welcome. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help you out there in the UK. All the best, Cheers Rick
Priscilla Then (8 months ago)
Why is it called friction point? What is it the friction between (the 2 gears)?
Priscilla Biju Then (8 months ago)
Thank you very much! I see you're also in Beautiful British Columbia (hello)! :)
Smart Drive Test (8 months ago)
Hi Priscilla Then - Thank you for your comment and query. It is called the friction point owing to the clutch consisting of two plates. When you push in the clutch pedal you separate the two plates and separate the engine plate from the drivetrain plate, and you can bring the vehicle to a stop without stalling the engine. When you release the clutch pedal, it bring the two plates together, and when there is enough friction, the vehicle begins to move forward. Thus it's called the friction point or the biting point. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Lesedi Ben (8 months ago)
im learning how to drive manual but here we use the UK system. but i like the step by step approach u use.
Smart Drive Test (8 months ago)
Hi Lesedi Ben - Thank you for your comment. What is the UK system for driving a manual? All the best, Cheers Rick
Elie Saba (8 months ago)
Omg he talks too much.. !! Hate that!! Just show how it is done with less words
Elie Saba (8 months ago)
Lesedi Ben new generation? I am 24 years old man
Lesedi Ben (8 months ago)
theory is half the story. talking is fine to me. new generation is so impatient lol this aint no PlayStation
Smart Drive Test (8 months ago)
Thank you for your kind endorsement. You are most welcome. All the best, Cheers Rick
Elie Saba (8 months ago)
Smart Drive Test you have really earnt my respect.. wish there is youtubers like you. To be honest i didn't expect a reply specially after having uploaded the vid a year ago. I will definitely subscribe and share your content cause they are quite interesting and helpful
Smart Drive Test (8 months ago)
Hi Elie Saba - Thank you for your comment, and absolutely no need to apologize. Any YouTube creator that's working to build a sustainable and viable community whom they can help and serve is self-reflective and working to be better. And nothing is appreciated more than viewers who take the time to provide feedback - good or bad. It is tremendously valued and helps to make the content better for future videos. Thank you my friend. All the best, Cheers Rick
Lobsang Gyalzen (8 months ago)
what are thossse
pacita dien (6 months ago)
Lobsang Gyalzen transmission system
Smart Drive Test (8 months ago)
Hi Lobsang Gyalzen - Thank you for your comment. And those are prolific in other parts of the world. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Allen Rodriguez (8 months ago)
Hello Rick, I have a question on how to start the car up. Can you start the vehicle when it is in 1st gear? Let’s say you parked the car and left it in 1st, can you just take off or do you need to be in neutral when starting it up? Please respond
Smart Drive Test (8 months ago)
Hi Allen Rodriguez - Apologies for the late response. Yes, you can start the vehicle with it in first gear. Just ensure that you push the clutch in first. And most newer vehicles will not start the engine unless the clutch is depressed. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
KEHINDE ADETONA (8 months ago)
Thanks, this helped me a lot
Ron York (8 months ago)
Thank you .. Your video is the best that i watch , I think I got it next step is to test my knowledge :)
Smart Drive Test (8 months ago)
Hi Ron York - Thank you for your comment. And you are most welcome. Be sure to let us know how your knowledge test goes. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Alma shatri (8 months ago)
I hate clutch control!
Joseph Thapa (9 months ago)
Very well explained
Marcus Tyers (9 months ago)
i like this guy he makes me laugh , top man
Priscilla Then (9 months ago)
All practical tips, to the point, such excellent, professional delivery of the content too, makes it an enjoyable experience to listen to/watch. I look forward to trying it out, thank you!
Tamari Waqabaca (9 months ago)
Loved it
Dong Lou (9 months ago)
Very informative..great content..
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Smart Drive Test (9 months ago)
Hi Louie Mata - Thank you for your comment and endorsement. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
muslimahsista (9 months ago)
Thanks
Miguel Anthony Florentin (9 months ago)
how to do hill starts?
Smart Drive Test (9 months ago)
Hi Miguel Anthony Florentin - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQbtbVhOI8Q&index=7&list=PL0x-bChcUvwE4covDy04Sre8cPPb-q4HL Cheers Rick
Muhammad Ayaz (9 months ago)
Thanks a lot Rick.... ur videos r really helpful...... especially the way u speak, calm & clearly .....learnt a lot from it....
Nancy McGoldrick (9 months ago)
Great job on driving standard! My first car was 68 Mustang 3 speed<3... 45 Yrs ago! I'd love to drive manual again..... :)
Munyambabazi john (9 months ago)
Am grateful, I will not be green
michael anyiko (9 months ago)
thank you sir for your help now i can drive without any trouble be blessed
Smart Drive Test (9 months ago)
Hi michael anyiko - Apologies for the late response. Thank you for your comment. And you are most welcome. We're happy to hear the information proved helpful. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick

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