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Learn2 Drive a Stick Shift (continued)
Step 4: Find the G spot

Here we are at the most important junction of the stick shift world: the door to acceleration. Driving a stick shift is all about that magical place where the clutch comes up and the gas pedal goes down. It's that seamless place where the gears are shifted and the car accelerates. Let's take first to second on a flat road as an example: First gear going steady, clutch in as you come off the gas quickly, then off the clutch slowly while pressing in the gas.

That place in the middle where the clutch pedal is to the floor and you're off the gas is where you take the shifter from first to second. Get those feet and hands used to working together.

Here we go once more:

     
  • Revving high (around 3000 rpms or at 15 mph).

     

  • Clutch in and gas off.

     

  • Move the shifter smoothly from first to second.

     

  • Slowly off the clutch while pushing on the gas.

     

  • Completely let your foot off the clutch and gas it up.

     

Same time next gear!

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2TORIAL STEPS
Introduction
Step 1: Learn the Gears
Step 2: Start it up
Step 3: Protect the clutch, yourself and the car
Step 4: Find the G spot
Step 5: Now try downshifting
Step 6: Learn the subtleties of reverse
Step 7: Win the hill challenge
Step 8: Remember the parking brake
Step 9: Practice these scenarios

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