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When to change gears 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 gears 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).

How to change gears (palming method) www.youtube.com/watch

How to change gears in a manual/stick shift car:
You would have to come off gas, press down the clutch, change gears, release the clutch gently and then back on gas.

When to change down gears in a manual car:
You would have to change down gears once you have slowed down and then you'd have to change to a gear that matched your speed. You can also block gear change, for example 3rd to 1st. It basically means skipping gears. It is possible to do this changing up gears too but is less commonly used.

When to change up gears in a manual car:
Speed up first and build up momentum and then you can change gears. Be careful not to over rev your car. 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 that you're in 1st gear or the car could stall and switch off.

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

Low gears are best for steep hills as they have the most power. If you're driving uphill then make sure that you speed up and build up momentum before changing up gears or the car will slow down and possibly stall.

Please note that every car is different. Listen to the sound it makes and you will get used to when to change gears.

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