I have been studying how to drive manual before I actually practice on a car and I came across a bit of advice from Car Talk:
Tips for Stopping Briefly, Then Starting, on a Hill
If you're driving a stick shift and need to stop on a steep hill, here's a useful tip for holding the car on a hill without burning up the clutch: Use the parking brake. The parking brake can keep you from drifting backwards when you start up.
Here's how it works. When you're stopped on a hill with the transmission in neutral, apply the parking brake. When the light turns green, step on the clutch. Put the transmission into first gear. Now, slowly let out the clutch. When the clutch starts to engage, you can release the parking brake. At this point, you'll need to give the engine a little more gas than usual, to avoid rolling backwards. With a little practice, you can accomplish this maneuver without drifting back into the ornery trucker who's right behind your bumper.
It's not very clear, however, how one gets to a stop and what one does while stopped. This left me with two questions:
- From what I have learned, I must first engage the clutch before braking. Then once I'm at a full stop, do I keep both feet on the clutch and one on the brake, or can I release the clutch while keeping my foot on the brake, or can both be released? Does the same apply when I am not on an incline?
- At what point do I throw the shifter into neutral? Is as I am braking or after I have stopped?