Five Driving Techniques Every Car Enthusiast Should Know


Driving techniques are something people learn over the years of driving. However, five driving techniques can turn even a beginner into a master driver. Usually, it is used to reverse match when changing down gears. The ‘ABCD’ of driving is basic. However, you learn better uses of them as you go along. Exceptions do occur, say, in unexpected traffic situations or poor weather. Releasing the clutch can cause acceleration or stalling of the engine, depending on the situation.

Five Driving Techniques Every Car Enthusiast Should Know
Five Driving Techniques Every Car Enthusiast Should Know

Five Driving Techniques 

The only time you press the clutch or bring your foot anywhere near the clutch pedal in normal driving is when you’re changing gears. Do it quickly but gently, release, and leave the clutch alone until the next gear change. It’s an all or none proposition.

To expound on this, turning corners usually necessitates reducing speed, which may, in turn, require a downshift. However, the above still holds brake to reduce motion to a safe level, downshift, let go of the clutch, and accelerate as needed until you’re ready for an upshift. You can press the clutch, upshift, release, and so on. 

In blind corners, you may come across a pedestrian you didn’t know to cross the road or a car that’s making a turn, or a thousand other unexpected variations of the above. I would leave my foot on the clutch long enough to assess the situation. If it’s a long wait, I’ll leave the car in neutral (the clutch is left alone, naturally) until it’s safe to proceed.

Another example is snow/ice. Keeping the clutch pressed longer can help control acceleration while avoiding, again, stalling the engine. Although, sometimes it’s best to slow on turns before you get to them, downshift, release the clutch, and allow the car to roll into corners essentially. However, we are getting into particular driving circumstances here.

There is an infinite variety of situations, and in such instances, use your best judgment. I still maintain, however, that the driver should try to linger on the clutch only until necessary. Directly slamming the accelerator pedal is not always the best way to launch a vehicle from a dead stop. Sometimes, depending on the car, you may want to ‘power brake’ the vehicle slightly to have all of the driveline components engaged.

Five Driving Techniques Every Car Enthusiast Should Know
Five Driving Techniques Every Car Enthusiast Should Know

Other Things To Consider

If you think that you will have to do a lot of braking (i.e., heavy traffic, at a stoplight, etc.), take your foot off of the accelerator. Putting your car in neutral will also work here. 

The brake is not responsible for slowing the car but for stopping it. I spent the first years of my driving life with a manual transmission. I would not suggest pressing the brake pedal without pushing in the clutch. Also, never “ride” the clutch, which is one of the worst things you can do to a manual tranny system.

Five Driving Techniques Every Car Enthusiast Should Know
Five Driving Techniques Every Car Enthusiast Should Know

 Learn to anticipate what others will do and act accordingly. Let your foot off of the gas first, then consider pushing the clutch and then think about the brake. When you first learn, it will all be weird, but after a while, you will get used to it.

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