Clutch Control In Traffic Uphill – Learning To Drive A Manual / Stick Shift Car

Clutch Control In Traffic Uphill – Learning To Drive A Manual / Stick Shift Car


** You can turn off these subtitles in the settings ** Hello I’m Chris. In this video we’re
going to have a look at hill starts and clutch control in slow moving stop-start
traffic uphill. If you’re learning how to drive a manual car and nervous about
stalling or rolling back on a hill then hopefully this video will help. To be
successful at this, you’ll need to be good at hill starts and clutch control.
Let’s first have a look at hill starts. Before driving anywhere busy, especially
uphill in traffic, you need to be confident where the biting point is as
it’s slightly different in every car. This is a good place for me to
demonstrate the biting point to you but it will be best for you to practice
somewhere quiet with no one around as it will definitely be less stressful. I’ve
got the parking brake on as this will allow me to get my feet ready to move
off. Firstly, I need to prepare the car to go, so I’ll press the clutch down, select
first gear, then slightly press the gas pedal. I’m moving off uphill so the car
will need a bit more power to get it moving than if I was on a flat road.
Getting the revs roughly up to about two helps the car not stall. It doesn’t have
to be precise and be careful not to stare the rev counter or you’ll miss
what’s going on around you. With a bit of practice you’ll get used to the sound of
the engine when you set the gas, which is better than looking at the rev counter.
I’ll now raise the clutch gently until I find the biting point. You know when
you’ve got it as the back of the car will dip down slightly and the engine
sound changes. The car now wants to move and the only thing holding it back is
the parking brake. If I didn’t have the biting point and released the parking
brake then the car would roll backwards which is something I definitely don’t
want. You can tell that the driver in front also gets the biting point as the
back of their car dips down slightly. Once you feel that you’ve got the biting
point keep the clutch still. If you raise it much more then the car will either
move off really quickly or you’ll stall. I’ve now got to keep the gas and
clutch pedal still. Release the parking brake but don’t move the clutch until
you’re driving at about a walking pace and then apply a little more gas as you
slowly raise the clutch all the way. Accelerate if it’s safe, build-up
momentum before you change up gear. Now you know how to do a hill start, the next
skill you’ll need in slow moving traffic is clutch control. I’m going to keep this
explanation of clutch control as simple as possible but if you’re looking for a
more technical explanation then have a look at the link in the description
below. I’m in first gear and if I come off the gas pedal, the car continues to
go at about five miles an hour without me pressing anything. If I want to drive
slower, I could try braking, but then the car
judders… and eventually stalls. To prevent it
stalling and to drive really slow in traffic, I need to press a clutch down
and lightly press the foot brake. To creep forward, I’ll apply a little gas
and raise the clutch to the biting point. To slow down slightly, off gas and lower
the clutch down the thickness of a pound coin. To speed up, a little gas and raise
the clutch a little. Slowly raise the clutch all the way, lightly pressing the gas
when you want to drive faster than a walking pace but bear in mind that
holding the biting point too long can wear out the clutch over time. If you release the clutch too quickly,
then you can expect to move off at speed or stall. Now you know how to move off
uphill and how to use clutch control, let’s combine the two to drive in
stop, start traffic on a hill. Traffic ahead, easing off gas a little and the
car slows down quickly because of the hill. Clutch down into first gear, little
bit of gas as the clutch slowly comes up to the biting point which then allows me
to creep at about three miles an hour. They’re slowing down ahead, off gas
clutch down, creep forward, gas, clutch back to the biting point, they’re
stopping, off gas, clutch down. Now I’ll hold the biting point with a little gas to
keep the car still. Raising the clutch about the thickness of a pound coin to
speed up and dip it down to slow down. Raise the clutch gently with a little
gas when you want to drive faster than a walking speed. If the car stalls in this
kind of situation then it could be that you’re not giving it enough gas or you’re
possibly releasing the clutch too soon. I’m turning right at the traffic lights
ahead, I’ve made sure it’s safe and moved over. Now off the gas pedal and the car
slows down quickly because of the hill. I’m driving at about five miles an hour
so clutch down first then footbrake to stop. I’ll secure the car with the parking
brake and select neutral as I’ve got a bit of a wait. I can now come off the
pedals. When you see the vehicle in front start to move, it’s very easy to panic
rush and then stall. If you often panic, then try planning further ahead, when you
see the vehicles up the road starting to move, prepare to go.
I’ve selected first gear, set the gas, raise the clutch to the biting point,
release the parking brake, feet still and then slowly bring up the clutch. A little
more gas. They’re all stopping up ahead so off gas, clutch down. I need to creep
forward, little gas and biting point. Now off gas, clutch down, footbrake gently,
parking brake on, select neutral. It’s a good idea to be able to see a little
road and the vehicle in front tyres when you stop. Bear in mind that the
driver ahead might not be very good at moving off on a hill or maybe they haven’t
fully applied the parking brake and could roll back a little. The bus wants to move into this lane.The
traffic lights are changing and I’m going to give-way to the bus. Clutch down,
select first gear, little gas, biting point, release the parking brake, clutch
down slightly to slow down or raise it gently to speed up, now off gas, clutch
down and footbrake gently to stop. Something to remember when you’re
stopping uphill is that the brakes slow the car down quicker then when you’re on a
flat road. It’s very easy to stop a bit too suddenly and have jerky stops. With practice, the time it takes to set the
gas and find the biting point will get quicker. I’ve gone round and back down the hill
and then driven back up it again to find some more situations. Planning ahead,
I’ll keep this road clear in case anyone wants to turn in or come out. Braking
gently, clutch is down, I’ll select first gear, gas, raising the clutch to the
biting point. Check my mirrors to overtake the bus. Up to 2nd, mirrors to move back in, braking gently, clutch down. Parking brake, select neutral
and I can rest my feet. It’s been red a while so I’ll prepare to go. Clutch down,
select first gear, gas, biting point, parking brake down, clutch slowly coming
up with a little more gas. This time I’m deliberately stopping a bit too early. It
can easily be done when driving uphill but if this happens to you then make
sure you’re in first gear press the gas slightly, raise the clutch back to the
biting point, then off gas, clutch down and brake softly. Using the parking brake
really makes hill starts easier as you can get your feet ready to move off
again but make sure that the parking brake is on properly or you’ll roll
backwards. As always, keep a look out for any cyclists or motorcyclists in your
mirrors who could be overtaking. Pedestrians can also step out in front
of you to cross the road When moving off, you might find that
resting the heel of your left foot on the floor as you raise the clutch can give
you better control and prevent it from springing up too quickly, causing the car
to stall. I’m turning right again at the top of the hill at traffic lights. Lightly pressing the gas. Now I’m easing off the gas, clutch down, braking gently
to stop. Now parking brake on select neutral, as I’ve got a bit of a wait. When you’re driving slowly and you want to stop, I was driving at about 6 miles
an hour, press the clutch down first, so you don’t stall and then lightly press
the footbrake to stop. If I was driving faster, I’d press the footbrake first to
slow down and about two car lengths before stopping press the clutch to
prevent the car from stalling. I can see the vehicles up the road
starting to move, so clutch is down, I’m in first gear, now I need to set the gas,
that’s very important. Find the biting point, parking brake down,
feet still for a couple of seconds and then clutch up gently. Two common reasons
for stalling on a hill, not enough gas or raising the clutch a bit too quickly. I’m
stopping, so off gas, clutch down and braking gently to stop. Parking brake on,
select neutral and I can come off the pedals. Your choice of footwear when
driving is important. To help you feel the pedals, choose a type of shoe that
has enough grip and doesn’t have a thick sole. Let’s do one more hill start. Don’t
forget to set the gas first then find the biting point with the clutch. If you
hear the revs drop down as you move off then press the gas slightly a little
more. If you let the revs drop down too low, especially in an older car with a
small petrol engine then there’s a good chance it will stall. But don’t overdo
the amount of gas or you could move off too quickly or even wheelspin. It’s also
really important when moving off on an uphill to actually get the biting point,
don’t just think you’ve got it but make sure you feel the back of the car drop
down slightly and the engine sound will change. If when you release the parking
brake the car doesn’t move or moves very slowly then raise the clutch slightly
again about the thickness of a pound coin, but if you move off uphill without
the biting point then it will definitely roll back, so be careful. As with all aspects of driving, you’ll get better at hill starts in traffic with
practice and experience. As usual, it’s highly recommended that you practice
this with a qualified instructor. Thanks very much for watching our video. Really hope it helps. Please subscribe to our channel as it helps us make more.
Stay safe on the road and bye for now.

100 thoughts on “Clutch Control In Traffic Uphill – Learning To Drive A Manual / Stick Shift Car

  1. Clutch control is scary when your car is loaded with passengers on a very steep hill. Also hill start is difficult when your car is heavy, e-brake won't bite hard.

  2. Thank you so much Dear Chris for useful videos !!! I like your accent relaxing and clear,keep it up

  3. If im slowing down from 4th gear and press the break to slow down. Won't I need to press the clutch in earlier so I don't stall? ie. 4 car lengths instead of 2.

  4. Hi Chris, I passed my test last month, but I keep watching your video.
    Thanks World Driving….
    Keep it up….

  5. I bought an automatic. Can't be arsed putting up with this shit for no reason than "oooh it's real driving".

  6. I've done 10 lessons in a 1 litre petrol. With a couple of hours practice in a 1.6 diesel. Changed instructor and his car is a 1.6 diesel. It's much easier to drive and reverse in. Loving my lessons now. I've had a couple of lessons in the diesel and just booked test. ( Rode a motorcycle for 20 years) So road sense is already good

  7. Why you use the Hand Brake so much… in my country we are teach not to do that even in uphill…. unless it is a VERY VERY VERY steep hill… we have to learn how to "feel" the clutch in order to not wear it out (Bite point as you said on the video) but we use hand brake only for parking not for stops in intersections… interesting how different is in other countries….

  8. I'm a driver trainer and I never roll back on a hill. I never use the parking brake. Except to park on a hill of course. On level ground to park, I just put it into gear and shut it off. It will not move. The reason that I never roll back in traffic on a hill is because I have power brakes. Grinn. Just kidding ! No, in traffic I simply hold the brake. It will not roll back. When the light turns green, I simply find the friction (biting) point with the clutch. Hold it, and quickly move over to the throttle and move ahead. If you are a new driver you will pop the clutch and stall it. Why do that to yourself? Just hold it at the fiction point until you are up to speed in low. It is just that easy. Burning at a clutch with the parking brake on scares the heck out of me. The clutch shop will like you though…

  9. I learned a lot from this lesson on hill starts and clutch control, i will put this into practice so that i can get rid of my fear to stall on hills. thanks Chris, great lesson. i like your voice by the way, it has a very calming effect on me, thanks again.

  10. It's really annoying for me, I'm use to driving my instructors diesel car so it moves off pretty easily without the accelerator pedal. I got my car now and passed my test but I keep stalking on hills because I'm not use to using the clutch and acceletor to slowly move.

  11. American here ! Bought my first car and will be driving for the first time and having to drive standard ! I really appreciate this video . Every other video is so confusing but you explain slowly and with pauses in between and this is Incredibly perfect for me to learn from. Thanks dude

  12. That cyclist had no clutch control at 9:35 🤣 he panicked because he had clips on and hadn’t selected a gear in time

  13. Hill start + coming to a roundabout = crying like a baby.
    My driving instructor keeps telling me to not let the clutch up so quickly. Err…I know that, I just don`t feel like I have enough control over it.. And I am trying…But I`m only 4 foot 9… I am happy I can reach the clutch at all.

  14. I will be writing my mock text this coming days and I am grateful this your video will helpe a lot thank very much

  15. I want to know a method without a handbrake cuz I think not everytime I have to pull the handbrake on the slightest uphill

  16. Thank you Chris and World Driving 🚘👌fabulous video 😘😘I'm learning in an automatic without hill start assist ,can you please show us in an automatic car ?🚘👍many thanks X X X X X X U

  17. Good thing that the Ford Ranger has automatic brake feature, it will engage the brake automaticaly when you stop upon climbing on hilly terrain, and automaticaly disengage when you hit the accelerator.

  18. How do you know when to raise the clutch after you've got the biting point? Sometimes you keep the foot on the clutch longer

  19. I heard you can't keep your foot on the clutch for long or else you'll wear out the clutch. What if you're in traffic and the cars are slowly moving? How long did you keep foot on the clutch? It seems like you keep your foot on the clutch going uphill.

  20. What is the difference between if I would leave the first gear and handbrake up whilst stopping or selecting neutral and handbrake up ? Thank you in advance X

  21. The most important and different part of his technique was reving the engine first and then finding the biting point. Most of the videos u could see on this topic actually stated finding the biting point and then reving the engine.

  22. I don't use the e-brake except on very steep hills where I know that if I roll backwards more than 5cm I'm going to hit something.

  23. What about on a truck with a E-brake not too easy to use in traffic, and uphill. u have to press button, and turn certain way. Kinda annoying.

  24. Uphill stop clutch down and break
    Put hand break up and gear neutral so it doesn’t roll back.
    When ready to go clutch down gear 1
    Bring to biting point then put handbrake down

  25. Thanks passed my test with no faults thanks to you (I can now finally nab onto my brothers face that I'm a better driver than him because he passed his test with 2 faults)

  26. I have passed my test on a 1.5 turbo diesel engine, holding the clutch at biting point is enough to not leave the car to roll back.
    My first car was 1.4 petrol engine. It didn't have enough power for that. I thought my clutch needs to be replaced or I didn't know how to drive at all.
    With a bit of practice, you develop the skill and master the control of low power cars.

  27. does the car's clutch pad in bigger engine would wear out faster if you do this without using the the gas pedal just the clutch and brake in uphill traffic …?

  28. Instead of using parking brakes you can just press the brakes and later just do a quick switch to clutch n accelerator and by doing this you don't have be a noob

  29. I was stuck today at an uphill junction that connects directly to a highway. I had to make a 90 degrees left turn and parked in front of me were two tuk tuks blocking my path and vision of the oncoming traffic from the right. Obstinate curls moved just a little bit in front to make room for my car to pass through.

    Now imagine trying to creep forward while keeping an eye on the oncoming traffic from left and quickly making a left turn. No wonder I stalled a couple of times before somehow managing to find breathing space to move ahead. It was a horrible start to the day and I couldn't shake the feeling of indignation from the rest of it.

  30. The way I learned was to hold the brake well letting off the clutch until it begins to bite just enough that it will hold the car in place, or in place enough that it will roll very slowly giving you time to get onto the gas properly and pull away. a little harder to initially learn since you can't really feel the car pull and the revs don't change much since you're just slipping the clutch enough that the car will stay more or less in place so you have to practice it more, but once you figure it out, it's incredibly useful for when you don't want to deal with pulling the handbrake. You also get some bonus points from your friends by being able to get up hills without the parking brake XD. I will say though, the handbrake method is a lot easier on newer cars, which don't have the same direct throttle response, so it can be a little funky getting on the gas and not having the car immediately jump in the revs.

  31. My instructor's car has an electric handbrake clutch control up hill is so easy, if you haven't started taking lessons yet I suggest you take lessons in a car with a electric handbrake.

  32. I was taught to not use the parking brake when start uphill. I always release the clutch slowly until the car feels shaky, then put some gas on, then release more clutch to go.

  33. Even though I have my licence for 4 years now.. I just bought a car and I'm completely out of shape when it comes to driving. These videos are really helpful! Hopefully the diesel 1.4 engine on the 2016 Yaris isn't too prone on stalling. :S

  34. so basically we need to use parking brake then the normal in uphill. hmm i haven't drove a uphill will try it soon.

  35. My Driving Instructor is teaching me differently with regards to Uphill Moving from a Stagnant Position; Step 1. Clutch In, Step 2 Shift to Gear 1, Step 3 Release Clutch up to Biting Point/Car Vibrating, Step 4 Press the Gas Pedal up to Refs 2 and once the car dips you very slowly release the Handbrake.

  36. In America we just foot brake to bite point add a little throttle at idle or just be quick with your feet which you learn over time

  37. I don’t think u understand how much I appreciate your existence, love your videos, so informative and they help a lot, thank you👌🏽💜

  38. I'm still new to manual.
    Just a few hours ago I parked my car on a hill in reverse.
    First attempted I stalled but quickly recovered and parked it fine.
    I just came here to get more of an understanding how manuals work on hills.
    Your videos so far are very useful.
    I'll keep that in mind when I go out to drive my car again

  39. This just made me terrified. After years of driving I was thinking of learning manual and I think this made me not want to do it. I'm terrified of the rolling backwards. I guess I'll just stick with automatic.

  40. Since i graduated from driving school,
    Never did i use the handbrake
    On a hill..
    Just release the brake pedal
    Press the clutch
    Shift to gear one
    Then quickly release the clutch and accelerate like normal

  41. Good tips for people who have just passed but I'm looking for tips when stuck in rush hour traffic at 5pm on a long hill that's nearly 2 miles long as it's still burning away my clutch slowly having to constantly stop and start, some days it's that bad traffic is moving at like 3mph so there isn't enough speed or space to come off the clutch without either stalling or speeding off into the back of someone…

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