If you have a manual transmission in your vehicle then you know the challenge of shifting gears. It is not as easy as an automatic transmission where all you must do is shift gears one time before you even start moving.
Manual cars require you to consistently shift gears as you’re driving and performing various actions. If you don’t shift gears properly then you could damage your transmission which would be a very costly thing to repair or replace.
1 – Block Changing
Shifting gears doesn’t have to be done in sequence. Whenever you skip a gear, this is what block changing is. The benefit of block changing is so you can get better gas mileage and preserve the life of your clutch.
2 – Lower Gears for Acceleration
If you are driving and you want to accelerate very quickly, then switch to a lower gear because this will give your car more power. If you want to slow down the car, just take your foot off the accelerator pedal and the car will slow on its own.
You won’t notice this so much with high gears but with lower gears, it is easily noticeable.
3 – Changing Gears Properly
Take your foot off the accelerator pedal while pressing down on the clutch. Take one hand off the steering wheel to gently change the gear. As you begin to press down on the accelerator pedal again, slowly release pressure off the clutch.
Some cars are harder to shift than others. This may be due to a high performance clutch which takes more effort to operate or simply because there is a problem somewhere in your transmission making it hard to shift.
4 – Listen to the Engine Sound
You will know when you must change gears by listening to the sounds that come from your engine. Deeper sounds mean you’re in a low RPM range while louder, higher pitched sounds mean you’re at a high RPM and need to shift to the next gear.
With enough experience, you will know exactly when to shift gears based solely on the engine sound.
5 – High Gears for Speed
There is a difference between acceleration and speed. Acceleration is the rate in which your speed changes whereas speed itself represents how fast you traveled within a certain amount of time (e.g. 5 miles-per-hour).