surya and shubam
thanks for the useful replies.
sandeep- of course I know one has to use clutch while changing gears.My query was only regarding placement of foot when not using the clutch.
Hi Suresh, place your foot adjacent to the clutch NOT rest on the clutch pedal.And when Shubham said "try to use clutch as less as possible",doesn't mean you change gears without pressing the clutchhe means the same what surya and i said. @shubham: i exactly understood your point but please explain to him (Suresh)more specifically else he may take it in literal sense.
Shubham, please be a bit patient - you have passed that stage where these questions bothered you, but others are still going through it. Some consideration needed!
Suresh: Foot can be placed flat on the floor of the car and pressed into action only when needed. This may sound drastic at first, but slowly, and consciously, this practice can be adopted.
For those who are beyond redemption in the department of re-education, there are foot-rests available to move your foot from the clutch to the footrest (on the left, and next to the clutch pedal), so that it is not on the clutch, but can be put there as soon as needed.
Hii Suresh,jokes apart,no oofense meant.its just that you don't cultivate the habit of using clutch to rest your foot at the learning stage itself.as they say "old habits die hard"but on a serious note the simple step to follow is maintain the right speed on the right gear.i will explain this with a simple illustration below:
1st gear - 10 kph
2nd gear - 20 kph
3rd gear - 30 kph
4th gear - 40 kph
Above 40 kph speeds shift to 5th gear(not easy to follow this step in city traffic so little bit of margin in error is no issue).maintain a light pressure on accelerator.As many auto experts have said rightly,just imagine there is an egg between your feet and the accelerator pedal and you need to be careful not to crack the egg by pressing too hard.You will be able to follow the prescribed speed by constant practice with atleast 95% precision.Take 30 days and post your experience and share it with all.Of course shubham car is not a Honda activa.
cheers and regards
Agree with sandeep, "old habits die hard", yeah this is true for me, whatever i try to do to avoid (lot)using the clutch, it is more on me than ever, yday, i consciously wanted to use only the accel and the break, but suddenly there's a change in traffic or some or other obstruction, so automatically my leg presses the clutch first and then the break.
but i am confident that as more miles i drive, will change the habit and get into the next intermediate level of driving.
While driving I change to next higher gear at a speed which is slightly slower than specified speed (as compare with car's manual),so that I release the car clutch very slowly ,
Does this harm my car ?
All expert drivers. I also want to know about the same. I am also a new driver.
You can change. But see that when you have changed to higher gear, engine is not stalled and RPM are not lesser than 1250 RPM.
Well upto a certain extent you can switch to higher gear at less-than-recommended speed...but its hard to give exact figures. Its something (I'd say) unique to the car and its driver...sort of based on experience and feel of the car. As an example, usually where upshifting to 5th is recommended at 50 kmph, you can do so at 40 kmph provided the car is on level road or going downslope.
In bumper to bumper traffic it is very difficult to even touch 4th gear, can't think of moving to 5th gear.
From my home to office it is 4kms and everytime i drive, i am able to move upto 4th gear only for a very short time, may be less than 5 mins, constantly i have to drive in 3rd and 2nd and also 1st.
So, when i change gear from 1st to 2nd, always i need to raise the speed and move to 2nd and from 2nd to 3rd again raise and move . if not, there is a kind of jerk and kind of stalling happens
The average speed during this destination is only 20KPH and mostly in 2nd or 3rd