Slowing Down and Downshifting in a Stick Shift Car

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Car expert Jumi Kim demonstrates how to slow down and down shift in a manual transmission car.

    Jumi Kim: Hi, I am Jumi of Capital Dream Cars. I have been showing you how to drive a manual transmission car. Now, I am going to show you how to slow down and downshift. Downshifting is when you shift into a lower gear not a higher gear. It's actually unnecessary most of the time, because it causes extra stress on your engine and drive line. Instead, when slowing down, press on your clutch, pop your gear box into neutral, take your foot off the clutch and then close to a stop with your brake pedal. Coasting to stop in neutral adds more wear to your brake but it's a lot easier and less expensive to replace brake pads than it is to replace an engine or a transmission. Some situations when it's actually useful to downshift include:When coming to stop on slick roads, when the extra control of downshifting helps with traction.

    Descending a steep road with the heavy large load when you shouldn't rely fully on your brakes.

    Descending a windy road when you may need to take quick evasive action.

    Now, that I have discussed slowing down and downshifting let's move on to how to handle turning corners, rolling stops and stop and go driving in our manual transmission car.