Riding the Clutch

courtesy of Bob, The Auto Answer Man


Hey Bob,
I am new to driving a standard shift and unsure how "you ride the clutch." I was told different things and I don't know what's right and what's wrong. Do you ride the clutch when you're at a stopped position and you accelerate but you don't move because your foot is still on the clutch? When you're on hills and you clutch in and clutch out giving you that race feeling because your moving forwards and backwards? Or when you "slip" on the clutch from time to time? Is that bad? What's right? And what's wrong?
Rit

Rit,
Basically, riding the clutch means leaving your foot on the clutch pedal when clutching is not required. For example, when you are riding down the road, do not rest your foot on the clutch pedal. Even though it may not seem like any pressure, even the slightest pressure can cause undue wear on the system.

However, when stopped and getting ready to move again (for example at a traffic light or a stop sign), it is okay to keep the clutch depressed so you will be ready to move again.
Good Luck!
Drive Safely!
Bob, The Auto Answer Man


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