アンジェリーク (sweet_charade) wrote in stick_shift,
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Hi everyone. I recently bought my first manual transmission car, a 1993 Geo Storm. Up until now I've always driven automatics, but I've been interested in buying a stick shift car for awhile, since they get better gas mileage and just look like more fun.

I've been learning how to drive it from my mother, but it's been pretty difficult so far. I've been reading up on it online, and some of the things I'm seeing online conflict with things my mother has said. The most obvious one I can think of off the top of my head is when you're first starting the car and getting it to go. The process, as my mother tells it, is like this:
1) Feet on clutch and brake, start the car, take off parking brake, and shift into first.
2) Leave left foot on clutch, take right foot off brake and start giving it gas.
3) When the engine gets to around 2000 RPM, start letting off the clutch.

However, what I've been seeing online has been more like
1) Feet on clutch and brake, start the car, take off parking brake, and shift into first.
2) Take foot off brake, ease other foot off of clutch until it starts going, THEN give it gas.

Which way is better? Will either cause any serious damage to the car? With my mom's way I experience a lot of jerking, sputtering and dying, but I assumed that was just because I'm new at this and I let off the clutch too fast when it first starts going. Now I'm starting to wonder though.

My mother has also been having me leave my foot on the gas while I push in the clutch and shift gears. Another thing I looked at told me I should take my foot off the gas while I'm shifting. Does it matter?

Another thing I saw on a website said that you should never have the clutch pushed in when making a turn. Is this true, and if so, why? When I've been practicing, every time I had to make a turn I just basically put the clutch in and coasted across the turn, then picked back up in third gear. Why is that bad?

I can't think of any more questions offhand, but I'm sure I'll probably have more. Thanks for any help you guys can offer, and sorry if these are kind of nooby questions.
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