Is there a crash course in learning to drive?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Prepare for the experience! Learning to drive a car can be both exciting and daunting. However, driving is not only fun and easy, but also rewarding, and cruising down a road on a cool Sunday afternoon can be incredibly fun.

    Be in a stable mood, sober, and not too tired before you drive.

    Always make sure the vehicle is in proper working order before you drive it. A walk-around check is a good idea.

    Have insurance and the paper to prove it.

    Be a legal, licensed driver and have your license with you.

    Be courteous to the others on the road.

    Be safe and follow all the posted and implied laws while driving.

    Learn to drive. It might be a good idea to take professional lessons

    from a driving institute. However, if this is not possible, enlist the aid of a sibling, parent, or friend who is a careful driver and has been driving for a while.

    Be alert. Check the rear view and side mirrors; make sure you can see all traffic and pedestrians behind you. Make it a habit to check your mirrors every few seconds while driving.

    Watch out for bigger vehicles like trucks, buses, semis, and SUVs that charge the road. Sometimes people with big cars drive like bullies, and you need to understand that if your car comes head to head with them, your car will lose.

    The following steps are designed for a manual transmission, for it is somewhat harder

    Pulling Off: With the car at a standstill, press the clutch all the way down. Shift into 1st usually by moving the gearshift lever left and forward. (Some older cars, however, may have 1st in the left-down position.) Apply some throttle and slowly release the clutch. The car will start moving before the clutch is fully released and begin to accelerate as you release the clutch. The more you release the clutch, the more throttle you need to apply.

    The big question is when to shift. Each piston engine has certain RPM at which it yields the most power (it is not when the accelerator is down to the floor, speed and power are two different things). For gasoline engines the higher output is between 3000 and 4000 RPM and for diesel engines it's between 2000 and 3000 RPM. As you pull off (see above) the engine will soon spin up. When you're in the middle of the most efficient engine mode (i.e. approx. 3500 RPM for gasoline and 2500 RPM for diesels), the time has come to shift.

    Press the clutch all the way down smoothly but quickly, at the same time removing your right foot from the accelerator. While the clutch is between "CONNECTED" (released) and "DISCONNECTED" (pressed) it only transmits a fraction of the engine's torque. The more you press it, the less torque it transmits. When you release the accelerator, the engine will slow down to idle, but it takes time. During the process the clutch should remain in a middle position. This sounds complex, but it actually takes only half a second. The point is not to press the clutch too sharply or too slowly.

    Unless one can match the rev of the engine and the speed of the wheels, failing to give some initial throttle will result in the car sharply slowing down and then sharply accelerating as you step on the accelerator.

    Sudden releasing of the clutch will either make your car jerk, or will stop your engine.

    Downshift: Downshift means switching to a lower gear, i.e. 4th to 3rd. You do that in two cases:

    You need to slow down, so as the speed decreases, you need to downshift, or

    You want to maintain your current speed, but need more power for quicker acceleration, e.g. when overtaking.

    Depending on the case there are two ways of downshifting

    Press the clutch and release the accelerator as if upshifting. If necessary, apply some brake to decrease your speed enough. Shift into the lower gear. If the speed is higher than the RPM of the engine, it will serve as a brake.

    Repeat the same steps as in point a), but before releasing the clutch press the accelerator until the engine spins at the approximate RPM corresponding to your current speed at the lower gear. Of course no one can match it exactly, but a little higher RPM is better than somewhat lower.

    Remember the basic principles of gear shifting: The slower you go, the lower gear you need and vice-versa. Also, the speed at a certain gear when the engine is in the optimal RPM band is the speed at which the engine will be idle at the higher gear.

    Never look at your RPM gauge when shifting! With the minimum of practice you'll be able to tell the RPM by only listening to the engine and you'll know when it's time to shift. Your eyes should be on the road!

    Never downshift 2nd to 1st! If you need to use 1st, stop the car, than pull off!

    Normal stopping: Press the brake continuously, but not all the way down. No matter the gear, do not tamper with the gearbox until you hear the engine fade out. Then press the clutch, shift into neutral and finalize your stopping.

    Emergency stopping: Forget about the gears. Press the brake quickly, but not sharply.

    Remember: It's better to take your car on an empty lot and practice emergency stopping in a non-emergency situation, than becoming an hero. Practicing can be fun and, contrary to common beliefs, is not likely to inflict any damage on your car.

    This should give you an idea how to get your car moving. Don't forget that becoming a driver requires practice, and reading websites will help prepare u a little but not fully, so contact a sibling or adult that knows how to drive for more help. The real driving is not about HOW to do, but about WHAT to do.

    When you begin your practicing, be calm and most of all -- enjoy yourself! Driving is not an exact science, so not doing things the exact way your teacher does does not necessarily mean you're doing it wrong. As time passes you'll build your own habits.

  • 4 years ago

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