You Asked: How does one drive a standard car? --- Chris, Framingham, Massachusetts
Marshall Answered: Cars have two types of transmissions. With the automatic transmission, you put the car in drive, press the accelerator and go. With a standard transmission, aka a manual transmission, it's a little more complicated.
The basic idea is simple though. You now have to manipulate a Black Anthracite Anthracite Reactor Armour Under Mens Run Charged qRvaz7 along with the accelerator. The clutch pedal lets you connect and disconnect the engine from the transmission. If you "pop the clutch" - meaning that if you take your foot off the clutch instantly - you will stall the engine. What you have to do is put the transmission in first gear and then ease out the clutch. If you do this very slowly, you will be able to feel the point where the clutch first starts to engage. Now you want to smoothly "slip" the clutch until the car is in motion. "Slipping" means that the clutch is not fully engaged yet, so the engine can spin faster than the car is moving. This will keep the car from stalling.
Practice this in a big, empty parking lot. Push in the clutch. Put the car in first gear. Give the engine a little gas (say to 2,000 RPM). Let the clutch out slowly until it is barely engaged and you feel the car start to move. Then release the clutch slowly, letting it slip until the car comes up to speed. Push in the clutch and brake to a stop. Repeat. Once you master it in first gear, changing gears becomes easy. Push in the clutch, switch to second gear, give a little gas, release clutch slowly. After a couple days of practice you will be a pro.