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Use of clutch when going down a gear watch

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    So, I don't have the best relationship with the clutch.... I've been using both petrol and diesel cars to practise driving in so am getting slightly confused. Firstly, when going down the gears in both petrol and diesel cars, once you've put the clutch down, moved the gear down, do you just pull your foot off the clutch? I thought that like when going up the gears, you'd have to bring it up slowly keeping the gas on to avoid the car jolting forwards.Also, in diesel, am I'm correct in saying you can just move the car by just pulling the clutch up when in second gear? As I know when reversing in a diesel car, you don't need any gas.... Thank you!
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    Instead of trying to follow a set of hard rules, use your senses instead. Listen to the engine, feel the engine vibration, see how the car reacts to the clutch biting. They all vary slightly for different vehicles anyway.
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    (Original post by mphysical)
    Instead of trying to follow a set of hard rules, use your senses instead. Listen to the engine, feel the engine vibration, see how the car reacts to the clutch biting. They all vary slightly for different vehicles anyway.
    Yep, there's no formula for driving. Play around with it.

    That said, OP, when going down gears while moving the same speed you will normally feel a quite strong engine break around the bite point. You need to be heavier footed with the accelerated to counter that.*

    Also I wouldn't do clutch control in second gear, seems a little pointless?
 
 
 
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