Friday, September 15, 2017

How to Drive A Standard Car

How to Drive A Standard Car 

There are many cars, many of which require some type of skill in order to drive it. There are cars worth thousands of dollars even millions. Luxury , Race, Sport , and show cars that can be fun and exhilarating to drive. Back in the 1950's and up, most cars were being built stick-shift, in other words the driver must manually put the car in gear in order to make it run. Society believes the skill of driving a manual car is not necessary anymore due to the modern advances that technology has undergone. For example, the most popular all electric car that drives on its own "The Tesla".

Step 1 Turning On The Car

The first step is leaning how to turn on the car. Many would think to turn on a standard car all you would have to do is put in the key and turn it to get it started, or press a button to get it started ,not in this case there some precautionary steps that have to take place before igniting a standard vehicle. Always check the parking brake is set , there is a reason for that. Next, always make sure the car is not in gear, it must always be in neutral for safety reasons.Once the parking brake is set and the car is in neutral you can put in the key. Finally, step on the clutch (third pedal on the car and far left pedal) and turn the key, once it has turned on you can let the clutch go. If the car is not set to neutral, and is turned on like that the driver may forget and clutch go causing the car to move and resulting in hitting a wall or another object. That's why the parking brake should be set just in case the the driver forgets the car is in gear which many have.

Step 2 First Gear 

To get the car to go after it has been turned on you must first take off the parking brake press the clutch with the left foot and put your right foot on the brake which is the middle pedal. Then you put the car in the gear you would like to go whether it is 1st or reverse. After you must let go of the brake and to learn you might want to rev the car to 2500 to 3000 rpm the slowly let go of the clutch after that. If you feel that your vehicle is about to turn off give start giving it a bit more gas and if if its about turn off press the clutch all the way again and try again.

Step 3 Start driving

After you are on first gear and you have fully let go of the clutch it is time to go to second gear. Once you feel, hear, or see the car go past the 3500 rpm it is time to switch gears, to switch gears you have to let go of the gas and quickly press the clutch once again and move the shifter to the next gear in this case it is second gear. After the car has been shifted to second gear you can let go of the clutch and start pressing gas again. Since you are not going slow enough you do not have to worry about the car stalling out on you in the middle of the road. If you are going to shift again repeat these steps.

Step 4 Shifting Down 

There are 2 ways to come to a complete stop you can either shift down and brake using the gears or you can put the car in neutral and coast on neutral and brake when needed. If you are going to shift down always make sure you press the clutch first and then shift down, be precautions that you are not in the high rpm while shifting down. If you are in the high rpm and you shift down your wheels can lock up and possibly cause you to loose control and crash. Once you have successfully stopped you can put the car in steal and put the parking brake on and turn the car off after.


  1. This blog was interesting because I don’t know how to drive a standard car and I learned something new. I’m also able to compare what the differences are when driving an automatic car. I enjoyed reading the introductory paragraph because it gives a little background about cars. It also implicitly states that it could still be important to learn how to drive a standard car.
    It is true that many people don’t drive standard cars, but I think it is still useful to have information about it for those that do purchase standard cars or for people that are just curious to know what the steps would be if they do drive a standard car.
    One of the errors that I noticed were spelling errors. Also, the second sentence in the second paragraph could be improved by stating instead, “Many people think that all you must do to turn on a standard car is put the key and turn it to get it started, or press a button. However, there are some precautionary steps that must take place before igniting this type of vehicle.” There are many grammatical errors, but even though the steps to driving a standard car were understandable. For me the blog was understandable, but for people that don’t know how to drive, it may be a bit confusing, so another way this blog could be improved is by showing more pictures that maybe describe what each object is like labels or more images in between the paragraphs showing each step.
    Overall, I liked how this blog also warned readers to not forget steps or what not to do because driving a standard car might be dangerous as well. It sounded like you have much experience with driving this type of car. I would also love to learn how to drive this car and know all the details about it.

  2. Ramon, you do a good job of noting all the steps required for driving a standard. There are some images that would have been helpful though, such as a picture of the clutch when you talk about turning the engine over. Also, the language contains errors, or is sometimes just confusing, as when you say that most cars were manual from the "1950's and up." I think that would include the 1950s until today.