Operating a Manual Transmission
Teaching Your Teen to Drive
A vehicle with an automatic transmission is recommended because it is easier to operate. If operating a manual transmission and your teen has problems shifting, practice the steps below without releasing the parking brake. With the ignition off, have your teen:
- Depress the clutch pedal to the Hold it there.
- Practice shifting through all the gears.
- Practice until shifting is automatic.
- Practice pressing down the clutch and shifting to a gear you have chosen. After shifting becomes easy, have your teen practice shifting in and out of first gear when stopping and starting.
Shifting into First Gear
- Place the gearshift into neutral.
- With the clutch firmly depressed and a foot on the brake pedal, start the engine.
- Release the parking brake.
- Move the gearshift lever from neutral to first gear.
- Let the clutch comeupvery slowly until it reaches the point at which the engine takes hold and begins to pull the vehicle
- Move your foot from the brake to the gas pedal and press down gently.
- Slowly let the clutch pedal come up all the way.
Note: Do not allow your teen to push in the clutch and coast to a stop. The vehicle must remain in gear at all times.