If you don’t follow these five steps when starting your manual transmission car, you may be doing something wrong.
Your car may have five to eight gears, but there is only one way to properly start your manual car.
According to TikToker Chegeceping, the first step is to engage the clutch to disconnect the engine from the transmission.
They shared a handy video showing how to get on the road properly and wrote: “The most correct way in the world to start a car.”
Separating the engine from the transmission ensures that the car does not roll forward or backward when a gear is engaged. This is a standard safety feature on all manual transmission vehicles.
A car with a manual transmission will only start if the engine and transmission are disengaged.
The second step demonstrated by Chegeceping is to turn the key and start the car.
At this point, the clutch should still be disengaged to be able to shift into first gear.
Once the car has been shifted first, the emergency or handbrake can be released.
When the brake is released, the car is ready to drive.
The clutch can then be engaged (step four) to begin driving.
Drivers should note that a manual transmission car can also be started in gear – but this is not as safe as starting in neutral.
When starting off in gear and not applying the emergency brake while releasing the clutch too quickly, the car will lurch forward before coming to a stop.
If there is a person or an object in front of the vehicle, this can lead to serious injuries or damage to property.
However, when parking a manual transmission car, it is important to leave the car in gear as this will prevent the car from rolling when the handbrake is released.
In the fifth and last step, the driver steps on the gas pedal and drives off slowly.