You can also use hand brake while doing a hill start. Just put the handbrake on when you need to stop on the hill, then while leaving take some gas like you'd do while leaving on flat ground and release the handbrake.
Putting reverse on while going ahead..? Hmm... I don't think so. I've once TRIED to do that while driving on high speed and I didn't manage to put the gear even nearly on while a horrible sound awakened me that I was doing something wrong. I doubt it's even possible to put a reverse on while going ahead, at least while driving hight speed.
Do you have you gears on the middle console or behind the wheel? If it's the first one, many of cars have the gear 3 when you push right forward while letting the gear stick to be its natural position and the gear 4 while pulling the stick backward from that position. That helped me to perceive the gears when I learned to drive and it was hard to make difference between positions of the gears on the same side (for example 1,3 and 5). If I wasn't sure, I just let the gear stick to go freely on its natural position and then if I wanted the gear 1, I took the stick toward me and pushed ahead, if I wanted 3, I pulled straight forward and if 5, I pushed the stick away from me and then forward... sure check the gears of your car, there might is some difference between cars.
If you put the wrong gear on, just pull the clutch on and let the car slide freely and smoothly while picking the right gear... there shouldn't be too big damage there. While putting a wrong gear on, your car will probably jerk (switching from too big to too small) or start to tug (choosing too big gear).
It's good to learn to drive with fitting gear for every speed since that saves gasoline. Oh, and don't release the clutch if you've some gear on and your car on.
"Ei oo, ei tuu, ei heru, eikä tipu
Tämä elo on kuin kivinen perunamaa
Ei oo, ei tuu, ei heru, eikä tipu
Sieltä ituisia perunoita aina vaan saan"
Stig - Perunamaa
Last edited by TaMMa89; 09-30-2011 at 07:55 AM.