manual.gifMost modern manual geared cars come in either a 5 or 6 speed “H” configuration. There are 4 and 7 speed models, but these are rare.

The “H” refers to a time when there were 4 gears and a reverse.

Reverse position can vary to any of 4 positions and that depends on what brand you’re driving. As for the rest of the gears, in a 5 or 6 speed manual, the gear stick is sprung so if released in neutral it will be in the 3rd/4th gear position. Up is 3rd and down is 4th. Push gently to the left and up is 1st, and down is 2nd. Pull gently to the right and up is 5th and down is 6th.

See video and picture for “shift patterns”.

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Before you start the car:

  • Make sure the parking brake is on (pull the handle up, or operate the button in electric brake models)
  • Always put your foot on the brake (middle peddle) and clutch (left peddle and keep them pressed).
  • You might wish to select neutral which is the slot that moves left and right then release the clutch.

Start car.

  • Press clutch in, move selector left and up to 1st. Select “R” if you want to reverse.