27 Apr Standard Transmission
Tips for Driving a Standard Transmission
Many people in the world have never driven a stick shift car, mostly because the majority of cars are automatic these days. A stick shift car is one with a manual transmission that requires you to switch gears yourself, as opposed to the car doing it automatically for you. Although driving a standard transmission seems like one of the hardest tasks on the planet, just like everything else, practice makes perfect! With the right instruction and the right amount of practice, you’ll be a pro in no time. At West Coast Transmission we came up with some useful tips to remember while learning how to drive a stick shift!
First and foremost, stay off the roads! Just like when learning to drive an automatic car, its best to stay away from anything you could possibly run into. By staying away from moving vehicles, it will also keep you calm and not on edge about what other cars are doing around you.
Don’t worry about stalling. Seriously though, when you first start learning you are going to stall at least a few times and that’s completely normal. It happens to everyone and it doesn’t harm your car in anyway.
Use your brake when stopping on hills. Having to stop at a red light on a hill can be scary for a lot of people. To eliminate the chance of rolling backwards, use the parking brake and put the engine into neutral while braking. This will keep you from possibly rolling back into the car behind you!
No cell phones while driving. This may seem like an obvious one, but it is especially important when driving a standard transmission. This is because all hands, feet, and eyes must be focused on driving in order to stay safe and drive proficiently. It’s best to keep any cellphones off while the car is in motion.
Driving a standard transmission can be a challenging process to learn how to do, but don’t get discouraged. Once you finally get the hang of it, you’ll wonder how you were ever struggling in the first place. So don’t be afraid to buy a car with a manual transmission because at West Coast Transmission we’ll make sure to keep your transmission in tip top shape so you never have to worry about having car problems. Come check us out today for more information!
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