You will learn, step by step, how to handle a modern manual shift vehicle for
maximum control, minimum wear and tear, best fuel economy, and the least effort.
And when you know exactly what to do in any situation, your driving
will be more relaxed, safer, and definitely more enjoyable.
The focus of these lessons is on simplicity
- essentially how to control
the car the easiest way possible while being kind to your car (and to your wallet).
When driving standard, the same actions are repeated over and over - seemingly
insignificant errors or unnecessary actions can, in time, cause a lot of excess
wear, lead to premature failure of key components, and add up to expensive repairs.
That's why it's so important to develop the correct habits right from the start
(or change old ones if need be). Doing it right will also improve control, increase
safety, and generally contribute to greater driving satisfaction.
Practical, no-nonsense, step-by-step, relaxed, patient approach with the flexibility
to adapt to your personality, your driving style, your aptitudes, your budget,
your needs, and your time constraints. You will learn in a safe, fully equipped
If you've never driven standard (manual transmission) before...
You will first be shown how things work, and what you need to know to avoid
serious damage. Then, after a brief demonstration, you will learn how to "launch"
the car on level roads and on slopes/hills, shift up, shift down, and gradually progress to
driving in traffic. The focus will be on how to drive in
a way that gives you full control, while avoiding needless actions and common
driving errors that can cost you money or result in loss of control. On average, it takes 3 or 4 lessons and some practice on your own to get to the point where you will feel comfortable in most traffic
situations - you may need an extra lesson or two if you wish to cover everything in the Program
Outline (below) and polish up on your technique and timing. The ProShift book can also very helpful if you wish to continue to improve on your own. If you only want to learn the "essentials" in case you ever have to drive a standard car,
one or two session may be sufficient.
If you've driven manual before...
All you may need is a refresher lesson
to make sure you're doing everything right; keep in mind that cars have evolved considerably over the past couple of decades, and your driving technique might have to be brought up-to-date...
If you're a new driver, check out the New