Learner drivers worse fear apart from the fear of crashing is stalling. Stalling the car when driving not only gives you a horrible sinking feeling but could put you in a vulnerable postion on the road. Understanding what causes the car to stall can help you avoid stalling in the future.
Watch the video below as we demonstrate the main causes of stalling a manual car.
When stopping the car you'll need to press the brake and then clutch down just before stopping. If you stop without pressing the clutch then the car will stall.
Moving off in the wrong gear.
Moving off in any other gear apart from 1st could cause the car to stall. Try and remember what gear you're in or check it with your hand on the gear stick.
You can sometimes move off downhill in 2nd gear.
Releasing the clutch too quickly.
When moving off you should always release the clutch gently. If you release the clutch too soon then you will stall the car.
Moving off without any gas.
Moving off without any gas could cause you to stall. It is possible to move off without any gas if you're driving a diesel car but if you drive a petrol car then you're likely to stall. It's best to practice using a little gas when moving off as you'll be able to drive petrol or diesel cars without stalling.
Using the gas when moving off also helps you move off smoothly.
Changing up to the wrong gear.
Build up speed and momentum before changing up gears. If you change up to the wrong gear or just change up too early then it could cause the car to stall.