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I have recently cleared my driving exam. I have practiced in a diesel car. Now I have bought a petrol car. Never knew that there is some difference between them when it comes to clutch control. I keep stalling at each signal and get honked. Makes me so scared to take the car. Everyone say its normal. How long will it take for me to overcome this problem?

archanat
5 months ago
What do you think of this?
Lydskyd
Lydskyd5 months ago

The key is not to panic and keep calm - dont bother about other people on the road.

The trick is to put the clutch up slowly and dont wear stupid shoes in the car.

When you hear the engine revs start to drop gently push the accelarator until the engine revs go back up and keep repeating is like a two way motion up on the clutch down on the accelarator!

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archanat
archanat
Original Poster
5 months ago

I tried this today keeping my calm. I have found that I need to press the accelerator a little more and take my foot off the clutch very slowly. I need a lot of practice. Thank you

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GlitchHunter
GlitchHunter5 months ago

Using a new car is always different. You just need to practise more in it. Take it out to somewhere quieter and drive it around. Find the biting point before you try and move and forget about other people. If you haven't yet, remember to put a green P on your car which lets others know you're a new driver.

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archanat
archanat
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5 months ago

Sure. Thank you so much. I will need a lot of practice. Yes, I have the p sticker front and back.

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davidstockport
davidstockport5 months ago

There is little difference between clutch control on petrol and diesel cars - in fact they're the same. It will perhaps help if you listen to the engine and as you lift your foot from clutch listen for a slight change and when you do press the accelerator a little more.

It's just a matter of getting the co-ordination of both feet correct, practicing hill starts can help.

Petrol engines are usually much easier to stall than diesels you might need to go a little heavier on the accelerator pedal to prevent it.

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AlexS
AlexS5 months ago

I made the step from manual to automatic some years ago and you might want to consider this in the future. It is good to learn to drive manual cars first but automatic is so much easier and very accessible nowadays and I wouldn't go back.Regarding the clutch I think you need to keep a balance between pressing acceleration and depressing the clutch.Go out somewhere were you have plenty of space and ideally no cars around and practice and you will get the hang of it!

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gemmaferguson70
gemmaferguson705 months ago

I am a manual car driver but I prefer automatic since it's easier especially in stop and go traffic. You need to practice feeling the biting point of the clutch before the engine stalls. You can actually hear it before it stalls on some cars.

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