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selmm

My instructor told me that I need to release the clutch like I try to fart in church. Worked like a charm on the first try. But we had to open all windows afterwards

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tytyet

Find a teacher who doesn’t scream at you. Everybody had to learn somehow, I see no reason why drivers in traffic and teachers should give driving students a hard time

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thereco5

Worded like that it's not the learners fault. The important part is accelerating WHILE releasing the clutch slowly. You can, of course, get the car moving without pressing the gas pedal but that need a few attempts at first to get it right

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azraelgt

It's only difficult at first. It's one of those things that require muscle memory and coordination. The more you practice, the faster it becomes a second thought. You do it without thinking in no time. It's ok if the car stops, it's ok if there's a grind in the shift gear, its OK if grandma jumps on the hood. Just breathe and try again.

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simple_dutchman

Just go full automatic then, like a little bitch.

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oresdeadly0m

Americans: Clutch? WTF is a clutch?

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iliba

But you don’t just release the clutch, that’s why it stalls. You need to ease off the clutch to find the “bite”, then you start accelerating, and then release what’s left. Honestly, just learn to drive an automatic, forget the elitism bullshit about driving a manual. Automatics are far more convenient anyway.

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prince_of_peace

The only way for the engine to stall if your rpm is drops too low. Map the sound to your mind. Or if you're a woman, get a taxi.

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ginnoshinigami

With a modern car it's quite easy, you even get a hold on the hill. Even easier with a diesel. I learned on a diesel and then switched to a petrol with a fucked up clutch and I thought I was going to cry the first few tries..

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gdheib

Found when I first learned stick (sadly was in my late 20s) I assumed that when you felt the clutch engage you were supposed to press the gas and start slowly releasing the clutch...found out after a week of trying to get better that no you just keep the clutch in the sweet spot until it engaged fully and nobody ever taught me this. Oddly though I only ever stalled a few times doing it the wrong way.

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