I'm very new to driving manual, been driving auto for a long time.
I just picked up a mazda 3 manual (not the latest model), and want to learn as much possible to preserve the gearbox, clutch, etc etc.
I'm still trying to get use to taking off from the start. This is how I do it, AND PLEASE CORRECT ME IF I AM WRONG, THANKS!
1) At the traffic lights, on 1st gear, I slowly let the clutch come up half way so it creeps (but stepping and holding onto the breaks), then when the lights go green I let go of the breaks and step a bit of gas then the car rolls.
Is this bad?
2) When i'm on the highway doing around 100km/hr and I exit, taking me to a gradual deceleration and round-about, and if I am on 5th gear. Do I stay on 5th gear, go around the round-about, and then change to like 4th gear and speed up?
Because I find staying on higher gears when accelerating at low speeds are slow.
3) if I want to overtake a truck on a road, and i got myself on 5th gear, what's the best method to do so
4) please teach me how to effectively stop and pick up speed while going up a hill!
And sorry for making this sound idiotic.