Parking Unlike an automatic transmission, there is no “Park” position in a manual transmission. On a level surface, you can leave the transmission in Neutral, and engage the parking brake. On inclines, with the parking brake engaged and the engine off, you can also push the shifter into 1st or 2nd gear (remember to use the clutch, even though the engine is not running). PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT The only way to become a smooth manual transmission driver is … to drive. The sense of involvement you get from executing a perfectly smooth shift is a visceral reward unique to the manual. NOT executing a perfect shift can feel like a disappointment. In that regard, working a stick shift is a lot like life, although with a stick shift, you get do-overs.