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...When do you put the clutch down to slow down and brake, as opposed to just braking... :confused: If that makes sense. I thought, go down gears as you slow down, put clutch down and brake, but my driving instructor said don't put the clutch down every time you brake because you don't need to. It confused me though...
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(Original post by Alas12)
...When do you put the clutch down to slow down and brake, as opposed to just braking... :confused: If that makes sense. I thought, go down gears as you slow down, put clutch down and brake, but my driving instructor said don't put the clutch down every time you brake because you don't need to. It confused me though...
clutch down unneccesarily=coasting
you brake to the speed for the correct gear, clutch in, change to gear, smoothly up and then either proceed of if you have to stop then brake and clutch in about a car length before you need to stop(in an emerging from a junction situation for e.g.)
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If im in 1st i usually brake and put the clutch down at the same time.

In other gears you can just brake until the car starts to judder (like its about to stall) and then put the clutch down if your bringing the car to a stop. This means you get the effect of engine breaking.

Otherwise if your doing 70mph and you need to slow to 30, brake until your at 30 staying in 5th gear and then put the clutch down and place in 4th.
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If you're just slowing down a little bit, then you don't need to put the clutch in.

Only put the clutch in to change gears (up or down) or when you're about to come to a full stop.
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I usually slowly put my foot down just before I break.
You don't put it down everytime you break because you lose some control of the motor.
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You only need to clutch down just as you come to a dead stop so you don't stall (except changing gears obviously).
Ideally you want to do that before the car judders, but you can really do that until you're used to the car.
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(Original post by snmichaels)
If you're just slowing down a little bit, then you don't need to put the clutch in.

Only put the clutch in to change gears (up or down) or when you're about to come to a full stop.
Ahh, riight. This a post I understand. Laymans terms and all that.

Thank you!
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The engine has an idle rev count, meaning that when the car is not "driving", the engine is turning over at this speed, which is its minimum. So when braking, you need to put the clutch down before you reach this number of revs, else the car will judder then stall. Just listen to the engine, you will be able to tell whether or not you need to depress the clutch
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Yeah as others as said don't put the clutch down right until your going to stop. You'll just end up increasing your stopping distance and wearing your brakes.
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