Things to Keep in Mind during Manual Driving Lessons

Learning anything new can be an exciting and stressful process; manual driving lessons are no different. Whether you’re a new driver by all standards, or you’ve already been educated in operating an automatic vehicle, there are so many new things to keep in mind. It can be an intimidating process if you lose your head, but by following these 3 steps, you may be able to keep your wits about you.

Relax and Focus
Nothing makes this type of activity more stressful than the inability to relax and go with the flow. With the added pressure of recalling when to shift and how to do so, while performing the usual tasks involved with operating your vehicle, it can be a daunting experience if you’re not in the right frame of mind.

Learn From Your Instructor

This may seem obvious, but many people go into this type of situation with the attitude that they already know what do to, and just need a few fine pointers on how to perfect their skills. Don’t enter into a student/teacher relationship with this mentality or you won’t get anything out of it, and will end up blaming the instructor when the fault is all your own. Take your time, ask questions, and pay attention to what’s being said if you’re serious about perfecting your new abilities.

Clutch and Breaks

These are the two biggest differences between standard and automatic models, and they’re also the trickiest things to master. The key to shifting properly is to release the break simultaneous to employing the clutch and then to change gears. If you release the break too quickly, or push the clutch in prematurely, you will stall the car, and get frustrated. Don’t let a few mistakes during this process break your spirit; it takes most new drivers a few tries to master this step. Another thing to avoid is forcing the change; if your vehicle won’t shift; there is probably something you’re not noticing, or a procedure that isn’t being properly followed. Forcing the change can grind the gears and damage the car.

Of course nobody is perfect, but as a rule, practice certainly brings us closer to our goal. Don’t be discouraged on your first few tries if you can’t get it right away. It often takes multiple efforts to get the hang of this style of vehicle. Take your time, listen to instruction, and stay relaxed; you’ll do just fine.