Where to Learn Stick Shift Driving In San Jose, California


If you've always wished to have a manual driving lesson, our driving school has a lot of opportunities for you in your local area. No matter if your existing car is a 4-speed, 5-speed, or 6-speed manual vehicle, manual transmission driving is a fantastic skill to master. Because they provide you all the space you want to practice with the gear shift and shifter, parking lots are terrific options for manual lessons. Here's a list of parking lots to help you improve your driving abilities as a new driver and learn how to drive a stick shift vehicle in San Jose, California.


Where To Learn How To Drive Manual Near Me

Kelley Park, 1300 Senter Rd, San Jose, CA 95112


Kelley Park is located 0.4 mi from Happy Hollow Park & Zoo via Senter Rd.

Learn How To Drive A Manual Car at Kelley Park

When you're more in tune with the position of the gear lever, steering wheel, and pedals, it's time to learn to drive a manual vehicle in 1st gear. Now, it's very likely going to be extremely difficult for new drivers of stick shift cars, specifically if they've only driven automatic transmission cars before. Actually, you're possibly going to have the car stall a couple times while you're still figuring out to shift and drive in 1st gear. Don't worry if it happens once, or even several times until you get it down pat. You and your engine will be fine. You might feel like you're getting yanked around, but that's fine - stick shift vehicles can take the heat. They're so much more durable and robust than you might imagine. Now, when taking manual driving lessons, this is how any driving instructor or driving course teacher will instruct you how to get a stick shift car into first gear. Before turning the engine on, make sure you have the gear lever in neutral position and your feet in the proper spot - right foot on the brake pedal and left foot on the floor. And then, start your car and press on the clutch fully to the floor with your left foot. Make certain that the emergency brake is released. With the parking brake disengaged, you can begin pressing down on the gas gradually, until you get to an RPM of 1500. Hold still on the accelerator pedal with your right foot when you come to 1500 RPMs. Then, diligently and over a seven-second period, raise your left foot off of the clutch. See to it you carry this out as steadily and as slowly as you can. When the clutch is engaged and you have the wheels on your manual car moving, you'll know you've succeeded in doing it properly. When your left foot is completely off from the clutch, start pushing down on the accelerator so you gain speed in the vehicle. At that point, when the engine revs at around 2500-300 RPMs, you can begin decelerating the manual transmission car. To decelerate, push down on the clutch pedal with your left foot until it's on the floor. After that, take your foot off from the gas pedal and begin stepping on the brakes. Very important note: you should ALWAYS step on the clutch pedal first with your left foot before pushing down the brake pedal with your right foot. When the brake is totally flat on the floor, you have gotten the manual vehicle at a full stop. Once stopped, move the gear shifter with your right foot to put it in to neutral position, then bring up the emergency brake. When you're safely parked, you can now lift your feet off of the clutch and brake pedals.

Oak Hill Funeral Home, 300 Curtner Ave, San Jose, CA 95125


Oak Hill Funeral Home is located 1.4 mi from Santa Clara Paintball via Oak Hill Ave.

Learning Upshifting at Oak Hill Funeral Home

Now that we've run through the first gear section of your stick shift lesson, the following logical step is to learn how to change gears up and down between higher gears. Don't fret, upshifting is much easier to learn, since you'll just be taking what you figured out on taking a car to first gear and adding in a few steps to shift up to one more gear level. Now, like always, identify the most expansive area in the parking lot you can see. You need to have at least 500-1000 feet for your practice area. Then, after you have the manual vehicle rolling while you're in 1st gear, you should shortly be at approximately 2500 RPMs. Push down on the clutch while also raising your right foot off from the gas pedal to slow back down to 1500 on the RPMs when you arrive at that speed. In fact, you might even want to coast with the car in neutral on the manual gearbox so you can go through the steps in an unhurried manner. And then when you're at a nice and steady 1500 RPMs, bring your hand on the gear stick and move the shifter from 1st to 2nd gear. After that, very carefully move your left foot off of the clutch. Once the clutch engages, begin pressing down on the accelerator pedal with your right foot till you come to an RPM of 2500-3000 RPMs. Do not forget that it's your first time maneuvering a manual transmission car into first gear, and you will most likely hear some odd sounds come form the engine. It's also going to get louder at times, and that's totally fine.

Church on the Hill, 500 Sands Dr, San Jose, CA 95125


Church on the Hill is located 0.7 mi from Canoas Elementary School via Ironwood Dr

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Straight after understanding how to upshift, we're going to use everything we learned and reverse all of that to get the hang of downshifting. Like with each brand new part in manual transmission driving lessons, you need to have an extended stretch of paved area to conduct lessons in so you have the room and, subsequently, the time to work through each step with care. For instance, you'll wind up in heaps of cases where you're in second gear and want to shift down one or two gears until you bring the manual car to a total stop. There are two ways to go about this: you may want to downshift one gear at a time, from 2nd to first, from 1st to a stop; or you might merely shift the gear lever in neutral and coast until you arrive at a full stop. Strictly for the sake of figuring out how to do the basics of driving manual transmission vehicles, we'll run you through how to downshift from second gear to a stop. Soon after you have the car going in 2nd gear, push down on the clutch with your left foot while also releasing the gas pedal with your right foot until you're at 1500 RPMs. When you achieve a nice and steady 1500 RPMs, move the manual shift down to first gear. Once you've changed gears, move your left foot from the clutch pedal and start stepping on the brakes. Now, you may notice the engine going a little over 1500 RPMs. You may even notice some odd noises come from the engine, but don't worry; that's just the engine and drivetrain not being in sync yet. And then, when you've pushed down on the brake pedal with your right foot and your RPMs drop to 1500, you can repeat the clutch work routine. Push down the clutch pedal with your left foot to disengage the clutch, then gradually step on the brake with your right foot to bring the stick shift car to a total stop. When you're at a complete stop, shift the gear lever to neutral , then you can bring up the emergency brake.

Evergreen Valley College, 3095 Yerba Buena Rd, San Jose, CA 95135


Evergreen Valley College is located 0.7 mi from Evergreen Montessori School, Yerba Buena Rd via Yerba Buena Rd.

Learning Reversing at Evergreen Valley College

You've now learned the basics in your manual driving lessons, which includes turning the engine on and maneuvering the gas, brake, and clutch pedals in a stick shift vehicle. And as you're more confident with moving the manual shift and driving at various lower and higher speeds, we're going to guide you through reversing a manual transmission car. We'll start by turning the vehicle engine on, finding the most widespread paved area you can find the parking lot, and driving the vehicle to one end of that stretch. When you've arrived, slide the gear shifter from 1st gear to reverse gear and very carefully drive your car in reverse until you get to where you first started. To accomplish this process, have the manual shift in neutral, push down on the brakes and clutch pedal. Then when you've shifted the gear shifter from "1" to "R", transfer your right foot from the brake and on to the gas pedal. While working on that, carefully lift your foot off of the clutch over a 7-sec span to let the clutch engage properly. Once you've conducted that, bring your right foot to the accelerator and begin stepping on the gas to gain more speed. Now this might come to be a little bit of a friction point for new drivers like you, especially if you've just driven automatic transmission vehicles beforehand. You might even consume more time than you think, but that's okay - feel free to go as low a speed as you're sure with until you're alright with picking up more speed.

Campbell Union High School, 3800 Blackford Ave, San Jose, CA 95117


Campbell Union High School is located 1.3 mi from John Mise Park via Moorpark Ave.

Learning Parking at Campbell Union High School

Vehicle parking is already really tough to learn as it stands, but it's much more tough to get the knack of parallel parking and driving back into a parking area of your choosing. Back-in parking is what we call the last mentioned. This is how you generally do back-in parking: to start with, you drive your manual vehicle along until you're about a whole car's size ahead of the parking area, signify your intent with your turn indicator and make sure the area is free behind you. Immediately after ensuring that the path is clear to back your car into, step on the clutch then move the manual shift to reverse gear. Make sure to push the clutch pedal fully to the floor while you haven't started your back-in yet. Indeed, for safety's sake, get the brake and clutch pedals down to the floor to start. Then, gradually bring your left foot off the clutch until the clutch catches - usually when the sounds from the engine shifts and you feel the back of the car raising up a bit. Now, when you're set, raise your right foot off from the brake and operate the clutch and brake pedals to start backing into the parking space. Because you're moving in reverse gear, be careful not to go above a few MPH. Then, if you're not fond of how the car is stationed after the initial try, do not hesitate to make all the tiny changes you need to do till you're pleased with how the manual car is positioned. Now, let's go on to how to parallel park while operating a stick shift vehicle. First of all, don't forget to turn on your turn signal to signal a right turn. Then, direct the car onward until you're two or three feet away from the parking space and parallel to the vehicle ahead of it. Then be sure to assess traffic behind and surrounding you by taking a look at your surroundings, and double checking your mirrors and back-up camera. Now, start off by pressing down on the brake and clutch until they hit the floor. Then, make certain your wheels are lined up by straightening the wheel. Next, very carefully move your left foot from the clutch until you get to the friction point. When the clutch catches (bite point), you'll feel the rear of the vehicle go up a little and you'll notice a shift in the noises from the engine. You then gradually get your right foot off of the brakes to get your car's wheels rolling. When you start to move, keep up careful control on the clutch and brake pedals so the car travels at a leisurely and sure rate. Watch your mirrors, and when your rear bumper is approximately two to three feet at the rear of the bumper of the car beside you, rotate your steering wheel to the left. After that, once your rear bumper on the right comes up about a couple of feet from the curb, turn the steering wheel fully to the right. Retain a leisurely pace with the manual car with your feet diligently pressed on the brake and clutch until you get the stick shift vehicle to a total stop.

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As you can see, taking manual transmission lessons involves some practice, dedication, and time to actually get great at all parts of stick shift driving. Don't be terrified by the task at hand, as there is a big learning curve that can occur when getting acquainted with a manual transmission vehicle. So take off and try those driving lessons today, whatever your current experience or capability, our driving instructors are here to help you. Call Stick Shift Driving academy today to learn more if you have an interest in learning how to drive a stick shift vehicle near you in San Jose, California.

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