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When To Change Gear – Steep Hills – Driving A Manual Car

When To Change Gear – Steep Hills – Driving A Manual Car

**You can turn the subtitles off in settings ** Hello I’m Chris. This road is steep, tight
and windy. 1st gear is best here as it delivers slow speed but high power for
this hill. I need to drive slowly and ready for other road users such as
pedestrians in the road and oncoming vehicles. Of course there’s plenty of
more open and wider roads that go uphill than this one, where you can accelerate and
change gear. In this video we’re going to drive up and down some steep hills and
have a look at which gear to choose and when to change gear. If you’re driving uphill and change up a
gear too early before building up speed this happens. I’ll change up to 2nd. The car struggles and could even stall. What happens if I change up to 3rd? It’s really struggling now, I’d better
change back down to 2nd. It feels a bit better. I change down to 1st and it
feels like I’ve got much more power to accelerate. So when is the best time to
change up a gear? Well the low gears are best when driving
up a steep hill. Before you change up a gear make sure that you accelerate first, a bit more than you would on a flat road. Give the car more of a push, increase
momentum or otherwise as you go through the process of changing gear, the car
will slow down quickly meaning that you won’t need that higher gear anymore and
you’ll have to change back down again to avoid stalling or a struggling car. I’m
currently in 2nd gear. Careful of this oncoming van which is over the
centre line. Now I can accelerate and up to 3rd. Bend to the left ahead and the
hill is getting steeper. Gravity will slow me down, no brake needed. Select
2nd gear before the bend for better control. Tricky to see ahead, I’ll keep at
this speed in 2nd. Can’t see over the hill. Okay, see a bit further but a road
is still tight. And made it to the top of And made it to the top of the hill. Well it’s time to drive back down the hill now and if you are driving down a steep hill then driving in a low
gear will help keep the car slower than if you was in a higher gear. This
increases the effect of what is known as engine braking. More information on this
can be found in the description below, but the advantage of engine braking is
that you’ll have better control and you won’t need to brake as much which
reduces the risk of brake fade or in plain English overheating the brakes.
Remember that the steeper the hill the lower the gear you’ll need. I’ve just
passed a sign warning me of a steep downhill. I’m prepared in 2nd gear,
braking lightly. If I was in third did I If I was in 3rd then I’d have to brake even more as the car would try and speed up. Not only is this hill steep but the road
is also quite narrow with oncoming vehicles. It would definitely be unsafe
to drive any faster than this. The road will be a bit clearer ahead and
it will give me a great chance to show you what happens when I change up to 3rd, just so you can see how quickly the car increases speed. I’m not going to use the
footbrake or accelerator. The car speeds up so quickly down this steep hill. Braking and back down to 2nd. Well that’s the end of our video. Thanks
a lot for watching. Really hope you found it helpful, if you did then please
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84 thoughts on “When To Change Gear – Steep Hills – Driving A Manual Car

  1. 2:10 – I know that road, my dad got in a panic when I was in 3rd gear and started to change, he though i was going to go for 4th as it was revving a bit, but went for 2nd as you do as it is very steep.

  2. My 2.7tdi is extremely sensitive in 1st gear, when i move position just a little bit it makes very sudden moves, and i very often use 2nd gear even when almost standing still because of that, what that may be?

  3. Thank you so much for uploading this, it's very helpful. I had a bad experience driving up Wraxall Hill in Somerset and have searched for videos about changing gear up steep hills as I think that was my issue. But now it's much clearer to me and hopefully I can drive a bit more confidently. =)

  4. One of the many things your videos have taught me is how tough it is to drive in England. So many narrow roads, many (parked) cars and endless shrubberies blocking your sight.

  5. This is the reason why i can drive today. Last december i cannot drive a car not until i found this very helpful video for me to learn more. For me, imagination and experience is a vital point in driving. Thanks World Driving 🙂

  6. When I'm a little bit nervous to drive, just watch your videos ^_^ and they make me feel confident and relaxed, because of your nice, and very calm explanations, thanks a lot, and cheers from México!

  7. I agree with engine breaking, but it also depends on the type of the car, the fuel it's using and it's general power. I would feel comfortable if my car going down hill would go slower without hiting the breaks, if I don't do so it keeps going faster and can risk to loose control.
    Thanks for your clear way of explaining things.

  8. I'm learning how to drive manual at the moment and I look at your videos. it actually helps me and it's really informative and calming. Thanks

  9. Great advice for when you're changing cars too. Went from passing two years ago in an aygo to an audi a3 and the difference in having to change your driving styles is crazy. I kept stalling when i got back in the aygo 😂
    I might have oassed but i still love your channel

  10. Lol wish it was longer so i could've seen the tunnel which has possible pedestrians, dat sounds cool. Also my man, the beckenham website link has error beckenha'n' i noticed after clicking and seeing webpage unavailable lmao.

  11. Finally went for my test after attempting to start driving again after failing back in Uni and running out cash only to have my instructors cars tire to get a puncture on the way to pick me up >_< and he only had a 50mph spare, hopefully I'll have better luck for my next one. At least it's good to see you're still posting, been watching since 2015/16!

  12. I learned to drive stick from your videos. There are plenty of hills where I live in Canada. I always make sure I'm above 2k rpm to avoid lugging the engine. Those narrow roads would give me anxiety though.

  13. Just passed my driving test today with 3 minors! Thankyou for all your videos! They helped loads, maybe even better than my own instructor..XD thanks I’ll defiantly still keep on watching!:)

  14. This Chanel is very good . I have passed my test today with 7 minors. This was my 4th attempt. Thanks for ur good videos

  15. Hi Chris. I have a question which maybe you could answer. What would be your advice on not "jumping the clutch" when changing gear? I mean when you accidentally bring the clutch up too fast after changing gear and car jerks slightly. I make this mistake especially when changing from 1st to 2nd!

  16. Hi m watching your videos and learning from Nepal. Do you press clutch driving down the hill while applying brake? Is it ok to release clutch immediately after shifting gear?

  17. I drive a manual nearly every day. And i figure its cheaper to pay for brakes than it is a new clutch or transmission, so i use brakes more and low gears less. Also, in some circumstances, if you stay in a low gear with high RPMs for too long, you can overheat your engine. But he's right about the engine braking effect, sometimes it comes in handy.

  18. I find that when im going up a hill I'm changing up a gear then the engine loses too much power and i have to change down again, but a lot of the time it results in me having to completely stop as the clutch is making me slow down too much. Should i just let the engine stress and strain and leave it in a gear that works?

  19. Such a calming voice, thankyou so much it’s really helped me watching these videos on hills as have real anxiety in going up steep hills. Had problems with a car with electric hand break and auto hold that caused confusion and made me roll back twice.

  20. Would love a video on hills using cars with auto hold and using electric break. As you have to keep your foot on the break to release hand break 😫

  21. Great to see more videos from you, Chris! I'm a late starter at 36 years young, but have found your videos really helpful in preparing for my lessons – so thank you! 🙂

  22. Excellent video. Not learning to drive a manual car, but a motorcycle and only knew how to drive automatic, so this helped a lot.

  23. Just discovered ur channel its really useful hoping it will help me pass my test not booked yet but hoping too after a few more lessons .

  24. When I was learning, I didn’t know it is best to be on first gear, especially when you’re going super slow on a steep hill. I thought switching to the second gear and adding more gas would make me go faster and boy was I wrong. I stalled and took 3 minutes to get the car moving off of the super steep hill. This makes so much more sense!

  25. I live in a very flat area and haven't needed to use engine breaking before in my manual car. We're traveling to Bavaria and I wanted to make sure I know what to do to stay safe. This is very helpful, thanks so much!

  26. I’m from country North Carolina where the roads are pretty narrow, but this is insane. Also, I’ve known this, but it’s still a bit trippy watching from this side of the road.

  27. Passed my test a few weeks ago and my wife complains when I drop a gear downhill. She says I should brake instead. But I prefer engine braking.

  28. I learned this on my own climbing a mountain. Was in 4th car struggled so i shifted into 3rd gained more RPM and shifted back into 4th and it worked.

  29. I'm from India and this is honestly so helpful. Such a clear to the point explanation every step of the way. I love how you're analysing the road and talking out loud about what you've observed like okay there's bend incoming I should probably slow down and stick to second gear. This is the thought process we're not really taught in driving school and your videos really help. I have my test next week. I hope I pass ❤️

  30. I would like to know the location of the scenic area he was driving in when the video finishes.

    Can anyone please tell me ?

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