Jaguar Manual Manual - Page 9

The Hills Are Alive This might seem a bit sneaky, but we’ve been holding something back about learning to drive a stick shift. It’s hills, or specifically, starting out on a hill, such as at a stop sign or traffic light. Even experienced stick drivers will tell you hills take a bit more practice than other maneuvers. Here goes. In a stick shift car, if you’re at a stop while heading uphill, starting out takes some quick footwork. If you’re getting ready to move away, you’re right foot is already on the brake and the shifter is likely in neutral. Push in the clutch and shift into first. Keep the clutch down! When the light turns green, you’ll pull away as you would from any stop, but your clutch release and movement of right foot from brake to gas pedal needs to be super-coordinated and quick. Be prepared: no matter how good you are, the car is going to roll back a bit. Here’s a hint: it will feel like it’s rolling back more than it actually is, so don’t let that frighten you. However, if you drive a manual F-TYPE, you’re lucky enough to have a helpful little feature called Hill Assist that will momentarily prevent the vehicle from rolling back on hills. Ideally, you’d practice the hill start in a quiet part of town with little traffic. Maybe you can find an empty parking lot that has an incline for the exit. The footwork needed for this maneuver will, like other stick shift maneuvers, become second nature to you. And you will most definitively feel a great sense of accomplishment when you master it. What sense of accomplishment did you get from an automatic transmission today? SOMETHING IS NOT QUITE RIGHT. It’s nothing to be embarrassed about. It happens to all stick shift drivers once in a while, especially beginners: stalling. It happens when you’re pulling away from a stop and either (1) release the clutch pedal too quickly or (2) don’t put enough pressure on the accelerator