I want to do the least wear on my clutch on a manual car. I only recently passed the test and I wonder if I ever learnt to use the clutch efficiently.
Here's how I change gears:
- foot of gas press clutch pedal fully in (as normal)
- select gear
- pull clutch out a little to bite point and wait to feel the gear has engaged
- only now add gas
Everyone I know always adds gas though while releasing the clutch after selecting gear. Because I wait to feel the gear engage and only then add gas, especially on hills, this means their is a notable loss in momentum and my driving is always slower than most.
Who of us is wearing the clutch out more?
On another note, I'm not happy with my hill starts but I don't want to do more wear to the clutch. Here is my process / how I was taught (hill starts as in fully stopped / handbrake applied)
- (Handbrake is on) press clutch, select gear 1 (as normal)
- add what I feel is enough gas
- bring clutch out to get bite
- now release handbrake (car stationary)
- go as normal.
EVERYONE I see will instead pull the clutch up and press the gas simultaneously all while releasing the handbrake, so they accelerate nice and quick while I'm going much slower. But it was how I was taught... to do one after the other rather than all at once.
I don't know who is right in all this. I know I'm much slower and pee of people behind me at traffic lights that only stay green for a few seconds. Most of all though I want to do the least damage to my clutch.