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How to drive a manual transmission Floor stick shift Vast majorities of our population find driving a manual transmission or stick shift to be extremely difficult However all it takes is some serious practice and devotion to make driving a stick shift become second nature For successful driving the same steps must be followed each time the car is driven The first thing that should be done is to find the stick shift panel and the clutch pedal The stick shift panel is typically located between the two front seats of the vehicle The stick shift can be moved left to right and up and down for changing gears The clutch pedal is usually found to the left of the brake pedal The clutch is used for switching gears and starting the vehicle Specifically on a standard five speed the gears are situated as follows neutral is located in the middle of the panel first gear is found to the far upper left down from first is second gear third gear is located in the upper middle of the panel fourth gear is found at the lower middle and fifth gear is found to the far upper right Last but not least we have reverse Reverse is found at the far bottom right of the shifting panel and used for backing up These gears must be maneuvered the exact same way each time the automobile is driven Each gear has its own specific purpose First gear is used to get the car moving from a stopped position Second gear is used for speeds up to twenty-five miles per hour and third gear is used for speeds from about twenty-five to forty miles per hour Fourth gear is good for traveling between forty and fifty miles per hour though high paced city traffic Fifth gear is primarily used for higher driving speeds that are needed
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