How to Shift Gears in a Car


With the extensive production of cars available with automatic transmission these days, it seems a little outmoded to know how the gears are shifted in a car. Few people would be interested to know the process to drive a car with manual transmission. However if you are a car fan than a skill like this is a must. Knowing the shifting techniques of gears will be useful when it comes to renting a car on vacation. Most of the rental cars have manual transmission and are cheap as compared to those that have automatic transmission. Follow the directions.

In manual transmission cars, the first gear that is engaged allows to travel from 10 to 15 mph. If there is a desire to speed up, then the second gear has to be engaged. It is considered as versatile gear because the car can be driven at a practical speed or up to the speed of 25 mph. In case of very close moving traffic, the brakes get some relief by keeping the car in second gear.

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It is definite, the faster you desire to go, the higher gears need to be engaged. The particular speeds at which these high gears should be used differ from car to car. This is the reason practice is required before becoming familiarized with the gears on your car. Generally, the third gear is ideal for driving in towns and cities, although the first gear has to be reengaged when approaching a stop and then you have to start again. Driving on motorways or highways require the use of the highest gear available in the car.

It is not a very terrifying exercise to learn how to shift gears. The key point is to recognize from the engine sound when it calls for shifting the gear during accelerating. The driver is also helped by the RPM gauge to time the gear shift. In case the car is running faster than the capacity of the gear, then the car engine will make a whirring sound which is high pitched than before. This is an indication that the gear needs to be changed. When the gear has to be shifted to a higher gear, the RPM gauge will usually reach 3000 to 3500 RPM.

For shifting up the gear, just completely lift your right foot from the pedal while completely pressing the clutch pedal using your left foot. Immediately the engine will sound quiet and the RPM will decrease to an idle rate. Pull the shift lever from first to second gear with the clutch still depressed. Once this is done, gradually release the clutch pedal while pressing the gas pedal in a steady manner at the same time. Keep driving and shift to higher gears when needed.

For slowing down, completely press the clutch pedal and then shift to a lower gear. Remember to tap the brakes and don’t tread heavily with heavy strength.