Driving Stick Shift

Driving Stick Shift

Seattle (U-District)

Driving a stick shift truck can be intimidating at first, but once you know the right techniques, it’ll become second nature. Starting your truck is a bit different in a stick shift truck. You’ll need to be in neutral and press the clutch down to start the engine. Some vehicles will need you to press the brake too%(15).

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How To Drive A Stick Shift: The Basics

Lift off the clutch and press down slowly on the gas with your right foot in one fluid motion to make your truck move forward. Look down at the different meters behind your steering wheel. Typically RPMs will be on the right-hand side. Once the needle on the RPM meter reaches 3,, you need to switch to the next highest gear. This is the same method that is used to switch to the higher gears.

This move should happen in one fluid motion. Once your truck is in second gear, re-engage the gas and lift your foot off of the clutch. You should now be driving in second gear. Once you get used to driving a stick shift, you’ll be able to listen to the engine and hear when you need to upshift or downshift. If you’re just starting off, make sure to keep an eye on your RPMs.

Everytime your RPMs reach 3,, you should switch to the next highest gear.

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