quote:[HR][/HR]Well, I got my perit in the summer, and after a month when I knew how to drive (pretty well)my bro lemme drive his GTI...
First time, he got back from a club at 2:30am, and I was awake on this Forum believe it or not...he told me we were goin for a ride. He took the car out on to the street (cause the driveway sux and thats where he broke the oil pan) and let me drive, I got out of my street no prob. (flat) straights are no biggy at all, some might say like an auto. So he tried to challange me a bit, and told me to reverse...no prob.
Thats when he took me to one big as$ hill (if anyone here is from Brookline: Rawson rd. and Summit hill) He would make me come to a complete stop, and start, and if i got i I would have to stop after like 6ft of drivin and start over.
First night we got home at 5:30, and travelled about a mile...SHUT UP!
Second night, I got better...all this time I was using the rev. method, it sux.
I would rev to 1,200, and release the clutch, and get smacked by my bro who takes good care of his car and was mad when I was killin it (I dont blame him).
Then, he was kind enough to teach me a real method, yes it might take a bit more time...and yess he made fun of me cause he thought I was meditating everytime we wanted to start rollin...but it works a lot better. You release the clutch a bit, and when you see the needle drop a bit you relase the brake (not e. brake which is another plus for this method) and after the brake slowly the clutch, and when the right foot is off the brake, you can use the gas.
My only prob with stick now, was traffic, if I was at a light, at 4am and there was a single car behind me, no matter how many hills I killed, I would stall...and if you have no prob with that I think you should be fine.
Now there is no such problem, for two reasons...
1) he doesnt let me drive his car.
2) I got better, he took me to summit hill. With the drive 6ft. stop method. Thats when you know you can drive a stick!
Hope this helps...sorry for the pointless history leason!
(thanx brother) http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
[Modified by ConfesS4, 1:37 AM 11-25-2001][HR][/HR]
hey, i lived on Summit Av. in Brookline/Brighton (it connect both areas) during my summer sublet. i never saw anyone drive on those hills, practicing stick driving. well, maybe cos it was 3 am. but i swear, u're insane man!!!
one of the reasons why i delayed trading my car for a 5 sp. till now was because those hills were so brutally steep. i would never recommend anyone have their first lesson there. Why learn to run when u don't know how to walk?
anyway, the way start from a slope is to catch the clutch "NEAR" its engagement point (u'll know where it is when u've driven for some time). then foot off brake and put that foot on the pedal and loosen the other foot till the clutch catches. u'll have minal clutch burning and rollback (like half a feet). u don't have to rev it up all the way to 2000 at any time. u just need good cordination in the "release clutch vs. gas on pedal" timing.