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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. 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 (10 months ago)
Excellent video, very helpful
PixelPro 83 (5 months ago)
OK this is cool And asome
Aanu .T Oduyemi (9 months ago)
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Syed Faiyaz Rabbi (9 months ago)
Do you have any videos on Car engine, basic check up and maintenance
Smart Drive Test (10 months 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
Rave Rivera (1 day ago)
very helpful for me as a beginner stick driver
Smart Drive Test (9 hours 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
Xmartin (2 days ago)
who need video like this ? everyone can drive manual car :D :D
Smart Drive Test (1 day ago)
Hi Xmartin - Thank you for your comment. And you're a funny guy! ;0) If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
65MMREHP (6 days 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?
Smart Drive Test (5 days ago)
Hi 65MMREHP - you are most welcome my friend. All the best, Cheers Rick
65MMREHP (5 days ago)
Smart Drive Test you da man!
Smart Drive Test (6 days 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
Revolution ehack 44 (8 days ago)
thanks so much this realy helps
Smart Drive Test (8 days ago)
Hi Revolution ehack 44 - 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
hasi tv2 (8 days ago)
sir can you give me complete videos for manual car....i just start my lience...
hasi tv2 (5 days ago)
Smart Drive Test sir i want to take cousre for manual....can you send me detail
Smart Drive Test (6 days 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 (8 days ago)
My car has no tachometer what can I do to figure out friction point
RB (5 days 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 (6 days 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 (11 days ago)
the most important is clutch control and find the biting point of it..thank you so much rick.
Smart Drive Test (10 days 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 (11 days ago)
Iam about to go to the test thank you very much for your big help.
Smart Drive Test (11 days 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 (18 days 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 (11 days 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 (19 days ago)
In which country is this?
Smart Drive Test (11 days 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 (21 days ago)
Excellent video, very useful and funny, I really enjoy to watch this. Thank you so much!
Smart Drive Test (19 days 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 (23 days 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 (22 days 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 (22 days 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 (22 days 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 (25 days 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 (22 days 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 (26 days ago)
Very helpful. Thank you
Smart Drive Test (26 days 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 (26 days 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 (26 days 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 (26 days ago)
Great video! Very informative!!
Smart Drive Test (26 days 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 (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month 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
BR K (2 months ago)
as a beginner, its really very helpful to me. thank you so much rick.
Smart Drive Test (2 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 (2 months ago)
very Helpful tutorial..step by step, Thank You for posting this
Smart Drive Test (2 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
AMABLE DIVINE (2 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 (2 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 (2 months ago)
Learning to drive at 49 . Need all the help that I can get. Thanks a lot
icycream1406 (18 days 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 (2 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 (3 months ago)
I’ve watched countless “How to drive a manual car” this is one of the better ones 👍
Rafaqat Ahmed (3 months ago)
very nice and helpful I like it
Thabiso Malemela (8 days 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 (3 months ago)
Very helpful!
Smart Drive Test (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 months ago)
thanks for the lesson
Smart Drive Test (3 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 (3 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 (3 months ago)
I don't have a car but watching your videos in hope that someday I'll have one.
Neeta Shewaramani (3 months ago)
This was beyond helpful 😭😭🙏🏻
Smart Drive Test (3 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 (3 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 (2 months ago)
Thanks a lot, very kind of you! Best wishes...
Smart Drive Test (3 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 (3 months ago)
Why is it called friction point? What is it the friction between (the 2 gears)?
Priscilla Biju Then (3 months ago)
Thank you very much! I see you're also in Beautiful British Columbia (hello)! :)
Smart Drive Test (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 months ago)
Omg he talks too much.. !! Hate that!! Just show how it is done with less words
Elie Saba (3 months ago)
Lesedi Ben new generation? I am 24 years old man
Lesedi Ben (3 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 (3 months ago)
Thank you for your kind endorsement. You are most welcome. All the best, Cheers Rick
Elie Saba (3 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 (3 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 (4 months ago)
what are thossse
pacita dien (1 month ago)
Lobsang Gyalzen transmission system
Smart Drive Test (3 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 (4 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 (3 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 (4 months ago)
Thanks, this helped me a lot
Ron York (4 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 (4 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 (4 months ago)
I hate clutch control!
Joseph Thapa (4 months ago)
Very well explained
Marcus Tyers (4 months ago)
i like this guy he makes me laugh , top man
Priscilla Then (4 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 (4 months ago)
Loved it
Louie Mata (4 months ago)
Very informative..great content..
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Smart Drive Test (4 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 (4 months ago)
Thanks
Miguel Anthony Florentin (4 months ago)
how to do hill starts?
Smart Drive Test (4 months ago)
Hi Miguel Anthony Florentin - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQbtbVhOI8Q&index=7&list=PL0x-bChcUvwE4covDy04Sre8cPPb-q4HL Cheers Rick
Muhammad Ayaz (4 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 (4 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 (4 months ago)
Am grateful, I will not be green
michael anyiko (5 months ago)
thank you sir for your help now i can drive without any trouble be blessed
Smart Drive Test (4 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
Shiver MeTimbers (5 months ago)
This was incredibly helpful!
Smart Drive Test (5 months ago)
Hi Shiver MeTimbers - Thank you for your comment. And you are most welcome. We're happy to hear the information helped out. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Steffi Var (5 months ago)
awesome...
Smart Drive Test (5 months ago)
Hi Steffi Var - Thank you for your comment. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
S Claudia (5 months ago)
I really wished my driving tutor taught me this the first time I tried to drive a manual car! She just sent me off to the road without knowing clutch control :/
The Font Sound (5 months ago)
Thank you so much for this series. I am so excited to start practicing in my friend's vehicle this week.
IceCream Dragon (5 months ago)
I actually wont get a driving license untill im 18. Idk why im looking this up. I guess I want to go this over a few times In the next year and 4 months I have
katondoka secilia magano (5 months ago)
good explanation the video is really helpful.
sibongile sbosh (5 months ago)
Just do the practical.yep yep yep won't help
jerome augusto (5 months ago)
very informative...so awesome!
Mia van Wijk (5 months ago)
PERFECT!!!!!!!!!
Luv Kumar (6 months ago)
Thanks it way really helpful.The man who was teaching me was amazed at the speed at which I was learning...
Smart Drive Test (5 months ago)
Hi Luv Kumar - Thank you for your comment. And we're happy to hear that your driving lessons are going great. You're doing the work and it is paying off!! If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Harris Palmer (6 months ago)
Thanks...
Smart Drive Test (6 months ago)
Hi Harris Palmer - 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
Kidane Mussa (6 months ago)
it was great thanks a lot my dear
jayabaskaran jayaharan (6 months ago)
Appreciate for your knowledge in human physiology regarding fine motor control of legs
Dazzletoad (6 months ago)
Nice vid, but you say we don't use our leg muscles for fine motor control. That's correct, but you use the hinged foot on the ankle to press pedals right? I dont know anyone who would push their entire leg...
Natnael Biyazen (6 months ago)
Super Man!
Edina V (6 months ago)
Thank you for sharing. You helped me a lot
Sami Ullah (7 months ago)
Great!
Smart Drive Test (7 months ago)
Hi Sami Ullah - 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
Reilly Owens (7 months ago)
I've started watching your videos a few months back out of necessity, as back then, I've just gotten my license and I felt so "raw" driving without an instructor, and your videos sure helped ease me in to being a better driver. Now, I watch your videos more for the educational and entertainment aspect of them. Whenever I'm in a tough situation, one thing that comes to mind is saying "What would Rick do here?" and you always saying "Chose the best answer- not necessarily the right answer." Thanks as always.
Smart Drive Test (7 months ago)
Hi Reilly Owens - thank you for your magic comment. I’m happy to hear the videos are both entertaining & educational. And that we’re helping with the tough choices required when driving. All the best my friend, Cheers Rick
Nino LaRocca (7 months ago)
great video
Smart Drive Test (7 months ago)
Hi Nino LaRocca - 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
Alex Kerang (7 months ago)
Wonderful resource..superb services to humanity
Sui Mo (8 months ago)
Thank you.
Nichole Macasero (8 months ago)
Great video Rick. Much thanks Sir! I wonder though if this same approach can be applied when creeping through a very slow traffic situations? Ü
jr turtle (8 months ago)
12:08 what if the guy in the back ground falls would you be still recording?
Venu Gopal Rao (9 months ago)
Thank You Sir very helpful lesson
Smart Drive Test (9 months ago)
+Venu Gopal Rao you are most welcome. If there’s anything further we can do drop us a note. All the best, Cheers Rick
Dylan Mayhew (9 months ago)
Keep watching different videos and hearing differing opinions. But I have had my self behind the wheel of my cheap manual car I am learning on for 2 days perhaps 2 hours behind its wheel. Originally I was trying to get my RPM's up first around 2,000rpm then release the clutch slowly around the biting point. Then my neighbor took me out and showed me to do it the way your suggesting. Slowly letting off the clutch and letting the vehicle take it self. I need to practice that abit more & become more confident with it because when I went into town today (I live in the country) I was basically doing a mix of both together. But i'm coming along.
Dylan Mayhew (5 months ago)
Smart Drive Test well I got decent enough with it. But I found a very good deal on a 08 Lancer being sold AS-IS as a dealer my former employer has good relations with. Bottom line I scored it for next to nothing. And sold the car I was learning manual on for profit to go towards it.
Smart Drive Test (5 months ago)
Hi Dylan Mayhew - apologies for the late response. How are you getting on with the driving manual? I'm sure by now, you're driving and not thinking about it much. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
BIG MONEY (9 months ago)
And thank you 🙏🏽
Smart Drive Test (9 months ago)
Hi Big Money - 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
BIG MONEY (9 months ago)
This my boy right here
Alteran/Алтеран (9 months ago)
Greetings! This is probably a basic question, but I would like to know what these types of clutches are called. In my driving school car and this Honda finding the friction point (or engaging the half clutch as we call it) has very little effect on the engine. Unless uphill it's virtually impossible shut the engine with the clutch. However, on the other car that I've driven, when the clutch engages, the friction is too strong and the engine shuts off. Apparently one is supposed to start moving with a combination of clutch and gas. Thanks!
Smart Drive Test (9 months ago)
Hi Alteran/Алтеран - Thank you for your comment. In my vehicle, it is a hydraulic clutch, but they hydraulics is only to separate the two clutch plates to disconnect the drive train from the engine. I teach clutch control first, and then after you've mastered the clutch, then add in the throttle. If you learn clutch control first, the rest is easy. On the second vehicle, you still need a bit of work on the clutch control, otherwise it wouldn't stall. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
BCL (9 months ago)
Thank you for your tips its very helpful
Smart Drive Test (9 months ago)
Hi BCL - 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
Gavin Nadong (9 months ago)
Thanks Rick! Just bought my first manual transmission car and these videos really helped. They never taught us how to drive a manual in drivers ed here in the states.
Smart Drive Test (9 months ago)
Hi Gavin - Apologies for the late response. Thank you for your comment. And you are most welcome; we're happy to hear the information proved valuable. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
cali cabdullaahi (10 months ago)
Thank you
Smart Drive Test (10 months ago)
Hi cali cabdullaahi - 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
karim karim (10 months ago)
A Great lesson for beginners, Thank you.
Smart Drive Test (10 months ago)
Hi karim karim - 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
O.J Fitness (10 months ago)
your videos are amazing buddy, you deserve many more subs
Smart Drive Test (10 months ago)
Hi O.J Fitness - Apologies for the late response. Thank you for your comment and great compliment. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Sancti (10 months ago)
really helpful. thank you.
Smart Drive Test (10 months ago)
Hi Sancti - 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
firestarspelt (10 months ago)
my 92 geo metro is carburated
firestarspelt (10 months ago)
ya its got no power and stalls really easily havent driven it much since transmission grenaded a week ago because there was no transmission fluid in it but we just ordered a new one
Smart Drive Test (10 months ago)
Hi firestarspelt - Thank you for your comment. Wow - a carburetor! Does it have an 8-track too? That must be challenging to learn how to drive a standard - that 3 pedals, 2 feet kind of thing. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Rob Murillo (10 months ago)
Hello Rick, sorry may be a dumb question, but in older cars after finding the biting point and releasing the clutch, will the car not stall if no gas is applied?
Smart Drive Test (10 months ago)
Hi Rob - thank you for your comment, and no that is not a silly question. If you look at the rest of the lessons, I show you how to combine the clutch and the throttle. The first lesson is to teach you clutch control, which is essential for learning to drive a manual car. Once you learn clutch control and can get the vehicle started in 1st & reverse, the rest of the gears are relatively straight forward. I think you already found the other lessons, but here's the playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?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
Harshiv Patel (10 months ago)
Nice explanations!
Smart Drive Test (10 months ago)
Hi Harshiv Patel - Thank you for your comment. We're glad the information helped out. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
bull419 (10 months ago)
Rick is an excellent teacher, just wanted to mentioned one thing that also helps with clutch control is keeping your heel to the floor while on the clutch while keeping the foot relaxed and able to slide back to release the clutch and also relaxed while moving the foot forward while pushing in the clutch. Once in a while I have to pick up the foot but for the most part I've found using my heel and Rick's advice on feeling the bite of the clutch has helped me drive in traffic without stalling out.
Smart Drive Test (10 months ago)
Hi bull419 - Thank you for your comment and good information about keeping the heel of your foot on the floor to better control the clutch. And you're correct - once you learn clutch control, the rest of driving a manual car is relatively easy. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best my friend, Cheers Rick
sasideep koyya (11 months ago)
Hi Rick, i am from India sorry for this i am still unable to locate the friction point . Can you please help me on how to locate
Smart Drive Test (11 months ago)
Hi sasideep koyya - the friction point is when the vehicle begins to move forward. If your vehicle has a tachometer, the needle will drop when the clutch begins to engage the motor with the drive train. Do the first exercise in the video and that will help you to locate 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
chernet teklay (11 months ago)
good explation on clutch control
Smart Drive Test (11 months ago)
Hi chernet teklay - 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
rima (11 months ago)
I drive an automatic transmission and I need to learn manual ...I find it very confusing what is your advise to getting accustomed to it?
Smart Drive Test (11 months ago)
Hi rima- thank you for your comment and query. My advice to learning to drive a manual transmission is to spend the time learning clutch control as outline in this video. And as I said, first and reverse are going to be your hardest gears. So once you get comfortable with first and reverse, do the exercise in the this video before going out on the road: https://youtu.be/dJpMKkwEhxI If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Mohamad Fauzan (11 months ago)
Good explain...i instructor from malaysia
Nelson Mandela (4 months ago)
Eyy I'm Malaysian too. I'll be sitting for my jpp practical test next week.
Smart Drive Test (11 months ago)
Hi Mohamad Fauzan - Thank you for your comment and compliment. Where are you in Malaysia? If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Will Melendez (11 months ago)
"Stick" around..funny guy
Smart Drive Test (11 months ago)
Hi Will - you are a "punny" guy. LOL f there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Sandmann6965 (1 year ago)
So pity I gave up driving a manual car! I had a female instructor, I had big troubles with the clutch, everytime I failed she was freaking out "You are such a dumbass, you don`t listen to me, do whatever you want, you`re going to crash my transmission, how many times are u going to stay in that intersection, even girls can handle a manual car". Then I took automatic transmission, no trouble at all, the excuse that I was telling to myself "Why should I learn manual, 90 % of Americans are driving automatic cars and don`t care about it", now I realised that even though you are not going to drive a manual it is a good thing to have a full license (now I`m going to have only automatic transmission license), besides, you have an opportunity to feel a car. Driving manual cars is not hard, you just have to be persistent and find a good and patient instructor, just like this guy!
Smart Drive Test (1 year ago)
Hi Sandmann6965 - thank you for your comment. That sounds like a truly awful learning experience. Unfortunately, not all driving instructors should be teachers. And yes, being able to drive a manual car is a great skill to have because in Europe and other countries the numbers are reverse - 90% of vehicle are manual. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Ziggy Rod (1 year ago)
While doing clutch control if released the foot from the clutch completely won't it stalled the engine ??? or is it due to the usage of hand brake & of stationary position ??
Smart Drive Test (1 year ago)
Hi Ziggy - thank you for your comment and query. The first exercise with the hand brake is a stationary position, as you stated. It is for you to learn where the biting point is in the the travel of the clutch. As you stated, if you let the clutch out completely, the engine will stall. With the parking brake applied, just bring the clutch out to where you see the tachometer lower a bit and you hear the engine sound change, and then push the clutch back in. You're teaching the muscles in your leg where the "biting" or "friction" point in the clutch is located and how to control the clutch. Once you learn clutch control, the rest of learning to drive a manual is going to progress fairly quickly. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Dung Hoang (1 year ago)
This is great I am so thankful for your help. You're the best!
Smart Drive Test (1 year ago)
Hi Dung Hoang - 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
Julius M (1 year ago)
Once again, I drive an Automatic Transmission Bus. I need to learn the art of Manual Transmission Shifting a vehicle. you are probably laughing at me. But, I'm learning.
Smart Drive Test (1 year ago)
Thanks Jake - you're the best. Cheers Rick
jfsa380 (1 year ago)
Julius M i have done the same thing, i started on a bus, now am a freight hauler, if you can, try to learn on a truck. They are very forgiving, especially unloaded. In fact, i can drive a standard transmission truck fairly easily, but still have trouble on small five speeds. Rick is a great source for information if you need anything. Cheers, Jake Penske Logistics
Smart Drive Test (1 year ago)
Hi Julius - thank you for your comment. Nope - I never laugh at those that are brave and take on the challenging task of learning to drive. You inspire others that too are learning a new skill. You're going to do great. Keep practicing. If there is anything further we can do, drop us a note. Always happy to help. All the best, Cheers Rick
Julius M (1 year ago)
I drive an Automatic Transmission Vechicle ( The Bus). I need to learn the art of Manual Transmission Shifting. I need this important skill of driving.

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