Re: teaching someone how to drive stick
[quote author=kj442 link=topic=106307.msg2169552#msg2169552 date=1206106739]
one thing my dad told me to do when he was teaching me was to learn exactly where the clutch grabs...
on most manual cars you can get the car moving without giving it any gas what so ever just letting the clutch out slowly to the point where it grabs and learn that point. then you exactly where the point is and it becomes a lot easier from there. Also make sure you have plenty of room to practice so they can shift all the way to atleast third so they can have some practice down shifting as well. and try not to make it a stressful envoirnment.
hmm thats all I got for now...if I think of anything else ill post.
I used to let my learning passengers find the engagement point, then give it gas straight away, but that leads to a lot of really bad screwups. I've found people tend to learn faster and safer by just learning to feather the clutch back and forth until the car is moving, then give it gas after the clutch is fully disengaged. Let them drive around, shift up to 2nd, stop, and repeat. You'll be amazed how fast they'll pick it up.