Stopping using clutch

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Acedup, May 28, 2022.

  1. Acedup

    Acedup Bobtail Member

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    Hey, just a quick question. New driver here in school. In the yard in first gear was taught to put clutch in and then use brake to stop. Same with going reverse. No waiting for tension or anything just take foot off brake and then let clutch out to go (and put feet on floor).

    On road starting off in 3rd would do the whole ease off the clutch till feel tension then let off brake then let off clutch slowly and give gas. Stopping in 3rd use brake pedal first then clutch when almost stopped (different than yard).

    My question is, say I need to move up just a little bit, in traffic or at a light or from wherever from a full stop. If it is real quick and I have to stop again in a very short distance can I still put the clutch in first then use the brake like in the yard even though I'm in 3rd (or 2, 4, 5th...does it matter)? Was concerned if I hit brake first and am barely moving it could stall before I was able to push clutch in. Thanks.
     
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  3. Big Road Skateboard

    Big Road Skateboard Road Train Member

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    Just don't move in small increments. Hold back till there's room worthwhile to move on.

    In a few weeks of actual driving you'll have some experience and this will not be an issue.
     
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  4. Acedup

    Acedup Bobtail Member

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    Thanks, will do that. My main concern was if I'm in the city or something and I have to stop before the white line (on test) and I can't see the traffic on both sides and then have to inch up to make sure coast is clear to pull out. Wasn't sure if I could put clutch in first to stop or still hit brake first then clutch while in 3rd.
     
  5. Big Road Skateboard

    Big Road Skateboard Road Train Member

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    Clutch then brake. You'll have time.
     
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  6. meechyaboy

    meechyaboy Heavy Load Member

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    Rpm lower than idle+ brake while the clutch is out is how you get that jerking. That truck wants to stay at its base idle rpm and your telling it to stop. At a slow speed like 1st gear (or 2nd or 3rd) top idle speed for those gears would be Gear x 2…(3rd gear clutch out essentially your idling at 6mph no throttle).. the Lower the gear the less throttle it takes to move through the tachometer or lower gears just have a lower range speed and tachometer wise..so if you are at the top of a gear you can brake down to a slower speed then push the clutch in at the bottom of a gear… 1st gear. Will alway be a clutch first situation. 2nd and 3rd will often be that way too… the better you get at shifting you’ll mainly use the clutch to only come to a complete stop or take off… hope it helps
     
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  8. Moose1958

    Moose1958 Road Train Member

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    Depends on the grade. If you are going uphill you are going to need to come off the clutch and brake to go forward. If you are going downhill letting off the brake is enough. If you are level slowly ease off BOTH the clutch and brake, I have been at lights where all I was doing was holding in the clutch and just covering my brake. This is something that will come naturally over time, don't overthink it.
     
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