Mastering the clutch control of your call is a real challenge. Some of the learners can be able to grasp it right away, but for some, it is an uphill task and they keep on struggling to keep the car from stalling whenever they stop the car or just pull away.
Mastering the clutch control is not a very difficult job and in the end, everybody is able to master it but only after when one has a clear knowledge of how the clutch works?
In a layman’s language, a clutch is two metal plates which are separated when the clutch pedal is depressed by the driver of the car. When the plates are separated upon depression of clutch pedal, the engine is separated from the wheels, preventing the power from the engine passing to wheels of your car.
As your car’s engine is always running, power is passed on to the wheels from the engine when the car is in gear. In the event of you forgetting to depress the clutch when you are stopping the car, the power from the engine is being transferred to the stationary wheel from the engine and thus resulting in the car stalls. In the same way, if you try to pull your car away without getting your clutch control in right manner, due to lack of enough power from the engine your call will stall.
More the clutch pedal is released more the plates in the engine are allowed touch. At a “biting point” the plates touch and start to transfer power from the engine to the wheel. When the clutch pedal is fully released plates will lock together and allows easy transfer of power.
You can drive smoothly if you think the clutch pedal as a sort of valve to allow power through or shut off.
Art of mastering the clutch control:
When once you have mastered the clutch control, you can control your car on the low speeds, and do the maneuvers of reversing the car with ease. All the clutch control can be learned in one lesson with co-driver and your practice will make you perfect on clutch control very soon. The first and the foremost thing of getting grips with clutch control is your understanding of car “bite” point, the point of engine transferring power to wheels. To have a complete mastery on the clutch – just follow these steps:
- Always find a safe place which is smooth and flat for practicing the clutch control.
- Ensure that the car is properly set for you. If there is no surety about the car is fully set for you to drive, check out the driving manual supplied by the manufacturer.
- Get your seat belt on, turn on the engine and release the handbrake.
- Depress the clutch all the way and put the car into the first gear.
- Give the accelerator a gentle nudge, aiming to get the rev counter to somewhere around 1500 rpm.
- See in the front and if everything is clear ahead and it is safe to move, very slowly raise the clutch.
- Eventually, the clutch plates will begin to touch and the car will slowly move forward. On reaching the bite point repeat the step 4 to 7 until you are comfortable with the position of the bite point.
When you get the hang of bite point, next step to learn how to slip the clutch. Clutch slipping is also an essential point to learn like maneuvers of reverse parking or three-point turns. But the best point is that clutch slipping is not a difficult task to understand like changing gears.
For practice, all you need is to use the bite point knowledge and let your vehicle move forward very, very slowly. Try to adjust the speed of the vehicle with slight adjustments to the clutch; depress a little more than a centimeter or so to slow car speed a little and release it a similar amount to speed up the car. You should exert very little pressure on pedal thinking as if there is egg under the pedal and it should not crack. Maintain gentle pressure on the accelerator. Never try to use it to speed up and slow down, use the clutch for this purpose.
Once the clutch slippage is mastered you become a perfect driver to take further road challenges while driving.
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