Learning How to Change Gear in a Manual Car

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.

How Car Gears Work in a Manual Car Tutorial

How Gears Work in a Manual Car

To start this gears tutorial section, we're going to take a look at the basics on how gears working in a manual car.

Why Car Gears Are Used

Why Are Gears Used in Cars?

Before you begin learning how to use gears, this guide explains the basics on why cars actually need gears.

Where is Neutral Gear in a Car Tutorial

Where is Neutral Gear in a Car?

This tutorial helps learner drivers to understand what neutral gear is, what neutral gear is used for and how to find it on a manual car.

Palming Method for Gear Changing Explained

Palming Method for Gear Changing Explained

The palming method is a technique used by driving instructors to teach learner drivers how to ensure proper gear selection when changing gear in a manual car.

How to Change Up Gear in a Car Tutorial

How to Change Up Gear

In this tutorial we explain how to change up gear in a manual car. These are the same techniques that are used by fully qualified driving instructors.

How to Change Down Gear in a Car Tutorial

How to Change Down Gear

As well as practicing changing up gear, you'll need to practice changing down. In this tutorial we explain how to change down gear in a manual car.

What is Block Gear Changing?

What is Block Gear Changing?

When learning to drive, you'll need to understand what block gear changing is and when it's appropriate to do it.

How to Block Gear Change in a Car Tutorial

How to Block Gear Change

Block gear changing offer many benefits such as making driving easier and can reduce wear on the clutch and gearbox. This tutorial explains how to block gear change.

When to use Block Gear changing / Selective Gear Changing

When to Use Block Gear Changing

In this tutorial we explain the most common times that block gear changing is used when driving.

How to Change Gear Smoothly

How to Change Gear Smoothly

Changing gears smoothly takes time and practice. Here we explain the common mistakes that makes gear changes jerk and crunch and how to avoid them.

What is Each Gear Used For?

What is Each Gear Used For?

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.

Learn What Speed You Should You Change Gears

What Speed Should You Change Gears?

Once you understand how to change gears, you then need to learn when to change gears. Here we explain what gear to change into for what speed.

What is Low and High Gear in a Car Explained

High and Low Gear in a Car Explained

Explained is what high and low gears are for both manual and automatic cars and what high and low gears are used for.

Changing Gears and the Driving Test

Changing Gears and the Driving Test

Here we look at the potential faults that can occur in relation to gears on the driving test, plus possible reasons that may result in a test failure.

What Gear Should You Approach a Junction in

What Gear Should You Approach a Junction in

Learning junctions is challenging due to there being so much to do is a short amount of time. Here we explain what gear to use when approaching junctions.

Frequently asked questions about Car Gears

Learning Car Gears FAQ

These are some of the more common frequently asked questions by learner drivers in relation to car gears.