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Old 8th March 2008, 20:23   #1
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Default Driving instruction - Clutch


I have been driving cars for past decade. But of late I have been struck with a very basic question on driving in general and clutch control in particular.

My idea of a clutch is it is a metal plate that connects/disconnects the gear to the engine.

My style of driving used to be - I either press the accelerator or I press the clutch. At no point of time I have both my foot free. In other words, I press the clutch, engage the gear, slowly release the cluth and press the accelarator. When the car is moving and if I do not have to accelerate, I press the clutch.

My friend commented that pressing the clutch frequently reduces mileage. But I do not get the point. How will pressing the clutch reduce mileage. For that matter, according to me, pressing the clutch should improve engine life. While moving, if you do not accelerate(provide power to engine) and do not press the clutch, the gear that is engaged is restricting the free movement of engine cylinder (engine braking) and is slowing down the car. On the other hand, during movement, if you press the clutch, the gear is released and the car moves without having to move the engine cylinder.

I recently bought a i10 (reviews about this coming soon) and I tried to follow my friends advice - not pressing accelerator or the clutch and having both legs free when the car is in movement and when I did not require acceleration. I expected the car to struggle abruptly. But to my surprise, the car seems to handle it and I could not feel any rattle.

I am now totally confused. Can someone please teach me to drive through this forum (I am ashamed of asking this question after a decade of car driving experience).

ps: I drive the my bike the same way. But in my bike, if I try to release both throttle and accelerator, the bike slows down with a booming sound.

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Old 9th March 2008, 04:41   #2
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Hi Ramv,

Your query is quite a common one, and a lot of people have been taught the wrong way, so its a good thing you asked....better late than never.

Please use the search feature before creating new threads and continue the discussion in the appropriate existing threads :

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