The first time you get behind the steering wheel of a manual transmission vehicle, it can be a humbling experience. While some people take to driving a stick shift right away, others struggle. The car jerks, the engine races, the car stalls. Just about everybody gets it sooner or later, though. The key to smoothly operating a manual car is clutch control.
When you’re driving an automatic transmission vehicle and you need to stop, there’s not much to think about. Depress the brake pedal smoothly and the car will stop smoothly. A car with a stick shift can come to a smooth stop as well, but it takes a little more attention.