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When to change gear in a manual / stick shift car www.driving-school-beckenham.co.uk

Learning to drive in a manual car? Want to know when to change gears in a stick shift? This video might help. When to change gear in a manual car can start off being a bit tricky. The best way to know when to change up gears in a stick shift is when the engine sound is louder and it sounds like it's working too hard. When to change down gear is once you've slowed down, the engine starts to struggle and it makes a lower sound or when you stop and need to go again (always move off in 1st gear).

This was filmed in the UK. Rules and laws may vary in your country.

How to change gears in a manual/stick shift car:
When changing up gear you would normally come off gas, press down the clutch, change gear, release the clutch gently and then back on gas.

To change down gear try using a slight amount of gas as you raise the clutch as this can result in a smooth gear change.

► How to change down gear smoothly www.youtube.com/watch

When to change down gear in a manual car:
You would normally have to change down gears once you have slowed down and then you'd have to change to a gear that matched your speed or you could change down if you need more power to overtake. You can also block gear change, for example 3rd to 1st. It basically means skipping gears. It's possible to do this changing up gear as long as you have enough speed for that gear.

When to change up gears in a manual car:
Speed up first and build up momentum and then you can change gear. Over revving your car can use up more fuel. If you're going uphill or you have extra weight in your car then make sure that you speed up a little extra first before changing up gears.

You can stop in any gear, but if you want to move off again then make sure you're in 1st gear or the car could stall (switch off).

Make sure you're prepared for what's ahead in in the correct gear. If you're about to turn or go onto a roundabout then slow down and change down gear before.

Low gears are best for steep hills as offer the most amount of torque. If you're driving uphill then make sure you speed up and build up momentum before changing up gear or the car will slow down and possibly stall.

Please note that every car is different. Listen to the sound of the engine and you will get used to when to change gear.

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