Driving Tips to Keep Your Manual Transmission Humming (Updated)

 


Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 8/18/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.


Manual transmissions aren’t for everyone.


In fact, more and more people not only don’t know how to drive them but they don’t even know you can still buy them.


However, the stick-shift car is alive and well, even if the majority of drivers eschew having to manually shift gears while behind the wheel.


If you prefer doing the work, use these tips to keep your engine in tip-top shape:

  • Don’t rest. Your hands, that is, on the gear shift. Always keep your hands on the wheel, in the 10-and-2 positions. This is the best way to ensure that you can respond to the traffic in front of you and be ready to safely steer the car.

  • Don’t ride the clutch. If you keep your left foot touching the clutch while you drive, you could be putting your vehicle at risk. Over time, the pressure you apply to the clutch will cause it to burn out. If you want your clutch to last as long as possible, take your foot off of it as soon as you change gears.

  • Don’t forget the brake. If you’re going up a hill and want to stop the car from rolling backwards, don’t rely on the brake only. Use the emergency brake instead. If you’re constantly depending on the brake, it’ll wear out quicker than if you used the emergency brake to assist you.

  • Don’t coast. When the vehicle is in neutral and you decide to coast, you’re probably hoping to save on gas. While this is true, it’s a dangerous move. When the car is neutral, you’re not in control of the car. So if a person, animal or object suddenly appears in front of your car, you’ll have less time to respond. Never coast down a hill in neutral either, as you’ll have to press on the brake with a lot of pressure to stop, which could overheat the brake.

  • Don’t spike the RPMs. When the RPMs are low, you shouldn’t throttle the gas to gain speed quickly. You’ll risk stressing the engine. If you want to accelerate, shift gears instead, and you’ll get momentum.


For more do’s and dont’s, watch this video by the pros at Engineering Explained.


Keep these tips in mind as you drive your manual transmission, and you’ll help the vehicle last long and your drive will be smooth.


For more information about driving your manual Mazda, contact your People Pleasin’ friends at Serra Mazda today.


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