How to NEVER stall a manual car again – Clutch control tips


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Hello I’m Chris.
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If you’ve ever driven a manual car then there’s a good chance you’ve stalled at least once.
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For most new drivers, apart from worrying that they might have an accident,
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stalling the car is probably one of their other biggest concerns.
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I’m going to demonstrate the top reasons for stalling and show you how to never stall again.
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Common reason number one.
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Stopping without pressing the clutch.
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Easy to sort out.
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About one to two car lengths before you want to come to a complete stop
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press the clutch down.
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This will stop the engine from stalling.
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Reason for stalling number 2.
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Moving off in the wrong gear.
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I’m in 3rd gear.
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Unless you’re moving off downhill then moving of in any other gear but 1st is
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normally going to result in a stall.
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Don’t forget to change back to 1st gear if you’re going to be moving off again.
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Reason number 3.
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Changing up to the wrong gear.
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Practice how and when to change gear.
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If you change up to a higher gear too early without enough speed then it could stall.
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If you find that you make mistakes when changing gear, for example, 1st instead of 3rd.
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Have a look at our other video on the palming technique as it might help you.
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Reason number 4.
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Releasing the clutch too soon when moving off.
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To make sure that the car doesn’t stall, hold the clutch still at the biting point
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for about two seconds after the car starts moving.
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If you can, rest the heel of your left foot on the floor when you’re near or at the biting point.
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As it will give you better control.
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Your choice of footwear plays a big part in driving.
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To feel the pedals easier, shoes that have thin souls and aren’t too wide are the best.
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Reason for stalling number 5.
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This is common, especially if your first car is a petrol one and that’s not giving it enough
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gas when moving off.
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A lot of new drivers learn in a shiny, new diesel car. It’s quite easy to move off in a diesel without
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any gas, although it’s not a good habit to get into.
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And when they buy their first car which quite often is an older petrol car
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they soon find out that it needs a bit more gas to get it going.
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At this point, after quite a few stalls, they wonder if they can drive.
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Revving the car up to about 1 and a half on the rev counter and holding it there
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is a good amount if you’re moving off on a flat road
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and a little more if moving off uphill.
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If you’re experiencing a lot of stalling then don’t worry, like most things, after a bit of practice
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especially on a quiet road or in a car park, you’ll soon get used to your car.
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Bear in mind that stalling on the driving test isn’t necessarily a serious mistake.
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It depends where you stall and how it affects others.
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Stalling when you’re stationary at a red traffic might not even be a driving fault.
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But stalling in the middle of a busy roundabout probably will be a driving test fail.
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Have a look at our other videos on clutch control and how to change gear as they might help.
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Thanks a lot for watching our video on how not to stall.
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Keep safe on the road and see you on the next video.

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