After you have completed the cockpit drill but before you attempt to start or drive the car for the first time, you’ll need to learn the basics of how to change gear using the manual gear stick. Learning how to change gear in a manual car takes time and practice and the more you drive, the better you’ll become. The objective here is to learn where the gears are and to use a technique that will help you find each gear correctly.
How to Change Gear in a Manual Car
It’s important to select the correct gear that you intended on selecting else you may stall the car or even worse, damage the gearbox. To help with that, we use a technique called the palming method. The palming method seems a little unnatural to start with, but this method is used specifically because it makes finding gears easier.
Many learner drivers find it confusing in terms of which gear to use for a certain situation. The fact is, only certain gears are often used for specific tasks. Here we explain the most common uses for gears.