I have a Toyota Etios Liva, about 1 year and 3 months old. I do not know how to drive, and have learnt about car basics from the manual given with cars.
Firstly, consider this situation: I am driving on a highway, and after accelerating to a certain speed, I do not want to accelerate further and want the car to move on Inertia for some time. So, which should be done: depressing the clutch pedal fully and keeping it depressed, or changing the gear to neutral? Which is better for the health of the car? I'm asking this because often I have to go on long drives, and though I do not know how the drivers coast, I had to change the clutch plate once, which clearly indicates that there was some problem in driving. I'm asking what'she right for my car, so that I can instruct my driver accordingly.
Secondly, while starting the car, it is advised to keep the gear in neutral and press the clutch fully. What is the necessity of depressing clutch in this situation? I understand the use of clutch while changing gears while driving, but during engine start, why is that necessary?
N.B.: The car is a petrol one, and I live in Kolkata, India.