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        09-30-2011, 11:33 AM
      #11
    Yearling
    I've been practicing a lot and it is getting much easier! I'm even driving myself to work now. The shifting came real easy for me which I'm glad for. I'm usually fine with the clutch and gas but every so often it just starts jerking forward. Ugh! Sometimes it goes perfect and other times not good at all. I guess I just need more practice. I think I need to practice more by myself too - I seem to do worse when someone is watching me.
         
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        09-30-2011, 06:05 PM
      #12
    Trained
    Iride -- FYI, using the handbrake is legally required on a hill -- at least in Ontario. Doesn't mean we do it though, because as you say once you have experience it's very rare that you need to do that.

    Also, just so we are all clear, the handbrake and the e-brake (emergency brake) are the same thing.

    Equus -- congrats on the improvements! Yes, just practice, practice. I also drive better when I am in a new vehicle on my own than when someone is watching.
         
        09-30-2011, 06:22 PM
      #13
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by NorthernMama    
    Iride -- FYI, using the handbrake is legally required on a hill -- at least in Ontario.
    Interesting! Although it is an accepted method in the case of inexperience in the states, it isn't a requirement.
         
        09-30-2011, 11:33 PM
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    LOL, in the standards that I learned to drive in, it would have been nearly impossible to use the e-brake and still be able to use the clutch and gas pedal and steer at the same time. But that's because the e-brake was just to the left of the clutch and you pushed it with your foot...then to release it, you had to reach down near it with your hand and pull the release. I was never long-armed enough to pull the release and still be able to see over the dash.
         
        09-30-2011, 11:39 PM
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    I learned on my grandpa's old ford tractor. Had to learn to have a really sensitive foot on the clutch or you'd end up with whiplash.

    My first manual car experience was the day I bought my first car on my own. I drove it home off the lot...that was a really bad idea.
         
        10-01-2011, 06:30 AM
      #16
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    I remember leaning on my first stick shift. I stalled it out on a set of railroad tracks - scared the blazes out of me. I was never in any danger but I was 16 so a lot of things were going through my head as I restarted the car and got the heck out of there.
         
        10-03-2011, 02:00 PM
      #17
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    
    My first manual car experience was the day I bought my first car on my own. I drove it home off the lot...that was a really bad idea.
    I had drove a manual only about 2 times before I bought mine and had to drive it home. =P Got a lot of horns honked at me.

    If you have a car that has reverse below the 5th gear, it is practically impossible to put it in reverse while going at those speeds. Normally the reverse gear is NOT directly below the 5th gear. Its not like 3rd to 4th where it just pops in. It is farther over to the right, you would have to pull out of fifth into neutral, go over to the right, then down into reverse, which my car will not let me do unless if I am going under 5mph, it somehow blocks that gear entirely.

    I personally will never go back to an automatic, I love my stick. XP I learned by push the clutch in, give it a little gas then slowly let the clutch out until the scar starts to move, hold the clutch in until the car is moving good then slowly let it all the way out. On hills your e-brake is you friend, and where I'm from if someone is close behind you and you roll back into them, they are the ones that are at fault and must pay for any damages.
         
        10-07-2011, 11:54 AM
      #18
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by iridehorses    
    Using a hand brake on a hill is the beginner's way of shifting and when you get more comfortable at it, you won't need to; but it can be an effective safety measure until you get good at it.
    I wouldn't take it beginners way only - it also spares the clutch if the hill is very forward. That's why for example my dad who has 30+ driving years behind him goes for it in forward hills. I still experience it easier otherwise too especially if there are other cars behind me = probably no space to let the car slide backward even a bit. And now don't comment anything about women behind a wheel!

    Glad to hear that you've processed in learning . Way to go! My dad just reminded me one day how I, while learning to drive, whined about it how someone can turn the wheel and change gear coevally.
         

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